Thursday, November 05, 2009
Recently, I've had the urge to learn to knit or crochet. I don't know why, really, I just know that when I get these urges they stay with me until I do something about them. Can't ignore them.
Trouble is, I can't decide which to learn. I have some old, imprinted ideas about what each one involves, but I do realize I'm probably wrong about them both, lol.
I tend to think of knitted items as bulkier, thicker, warmer.
Crochet products seem to be, in my brain, anyway, lighter, airier and more delicate.
Is this true?
I have some coasters that were made for me by a friend about 12 years ago. She crocheted them. They are each a different color and are really not flat coasters but more like socks for glasses. Here in Texas where it is so hot so much of the time, glasses sweat a lot and drip water constantly. I slip one of these socks on my glass and I'm good to go! In fact, I buy glasses now, based on if the socks will fit them, lol. I have only one size.
They stretch. They are washable. I love them.
I'm wondering if the type of yarn available for knitting or crocheting is different. Is there the same variety available in both?
I guess the first question I should be asking is "Which is easier to learn?" and "Does one move along faster than the other?"
Seems like a crochet needle is easier to carry around than two long knitting needles.
I can go on and on. So I thought I would just ask all the people here who love one or the other of these crafts.
By the way, my Uncle Al was a logger in Oregon and sometimes would also hire on as crew member on a fishing boat. A very large, bearded, strong, tough guy.
His favorite way to relax was - KNITTING! Any men out there who knit??
If you have any advice or input you'd care to share about this dilema, I'd love to hear it!