The task for this day's KCBW is so right on target for me and one I've been striving to accomplish lately--balancing the two crafts I love the most. This is also a perfect subject for closing up this fun week!
The fact is, when I'm knitting I love it best and when I'm crocheting I love it best.
My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was about 10 but I didn't learn to knit until I was 20. However, when I first started designing in 2005, I chose knitting to focus on first, simply because that's what grabbed my attention first. I'm glad I didn't try to do both equally back then or I wouldn't have a pattern to my name!
A couple of years ago I wanted to broaden my pattern customer base and added the Mirth line in addition to my already known Figheadh line. I wanted Mirth to feature both crafts, as Figheadh is knitting only. The next couple of years after that proved a little difficult for me in some ways and I had to scale back my work load. The result of that is that Mirth has stayed this tiny little germ of a pattern line. I vow to change that this year with new patterns, two of which we are testing now.
It is now a month since I did my month of crochet blogging in March for National Crochet Month. I promised myself in the last post of that event that I would do both crafts equally.
I am glad to report that so far it has gone well!
Here's a knitted FO from a couple of weeks ago...
...and a crocheted FO from the week after that.
Right now I have a knitted sock design, a crochet shawl design, a knitted toddler dress design, a crochet cowl design, a knitted shawlette design, and a crochet hat design in the works. Never mind that all that is entirely too much to be working on simultaneously (normal for me)--it shows that I am practicing balance. At this point I am much weaker in my crochet design skills than knitting ones, but I plan to catch up!
All it takes is doing, doing, doing (i.e. practice!)
Thank you all for the wonderful posts and for all the fun.
If you didn't join in this year, think about doing KCBW in 2013. It's a blast!
Happy Knitting and Crocheting to you!