3KCBW Day 7 -- Crafting Balance
Are you a knitter or a crocheter, or are you a bit of both? If you are monogamous in your yarn-based crafting, is it because you do not enjoy the other craft or have you simply never given yourself the push to learn it? Is it because the items that you best enjoy crafting are more suited to the needles or the hook? Do you plan on ever trying to take up and fully learn the other craft?
A little known fact about me is that I learned to crochet before I ever attempted to knit. When I was in high school we went to visit some family friends, one of whom, Mary, was extremely crafty. The woman could craft anything. As a kid when my parents desperately needed to get a night away we would be deposited with Mary and her husband for fun-filled crafting, activities, and old movies. I learned a lot of different crafting skills from Mary. And just like card-making, the crochet never stuck.
I have tried my hand at many crafts. I experimented and dabbled with just about every crafty thing you can think of -- but only knitting has survived. I don't even know where my old crochet pieces are, but I still have all my knitting, right down to the hideous and embarrassing. As a consequence, I have no crafting balance. Whenever I can, I'm knitting. When I can't I am talking about knitting. Or thinking about knitting. Or devising ways to be able to knit next time I am stuck in this situation. People who find this a bit overwhelming and obsessive (and there are a lot of these) did not know the child Faith, who tried to sit still and be good but was constantly fidgeting and doodling and getting herself into trouble.
In a lot of ways you could say that knitting provides it's own sense of balance. I may not balance it out with another activity, but I don't need to because the knitting is already creating a balance. Just take my knitting away during my lunch break and you'll understand -- the knitting is not there because I am a balanced, patient person. It is there to balance out the crazy person who is unable to hold still, let alone stop biting her fingernails.
The above is a hint at what I have been working on this week. I've really enjoyed participating again this year in Knitting and Crochet Blog Week and I cannot believe that it is over! I hope all of you continue to come back to this space. It has been awesome getting to know other bloggers over the week and finding new ways to communicate. A big thank you to Eskimimi for pulling all of this together yet again for another year of fun! To read more on this last topic round search for 3KCBWDay7.