I am hopelessly addicted to yarn. I don’t know which I love more – books or yarn. Like my books, I have yarn coming out of my ears. Unlike the books, most of my yarn is in plastic storage bins. These bins are mostly in the attic, but I confess to having bags under the bed. Mostly the bags are remnants; a skein and a bit left over from a project here and there. I have done much better in the “not buying new yarn” category. Until today.
I have a new niece. Out of the 22 grandchildren (and one on the way) we now have 8 girls. I have 3 of them. Two more have been born in the last two months, with the newest being born last week. That still leaves 13 boys in the same general location (we don’t live near the rest of the family, so my son isn’t included in the local total). Can you tell there is excitement about the pink?
I have done a very good job of restraining myself in the yarn department. I don’t go into the yarn section just to look anymore. I don’t bite when I see yarn on sale anymore. I am really trying to be good and not buy more yarn unless I have a project.
Today, I have a project. I am going to make my new niece at least a hat and blanket, and then maybe some booties or socks if I have yarn left over. I still have to manage to make socks, though.
While I’ve been an avid crocheter for 15 years or so, about a year and a half ago, I decided to tackle knitting. I’ve knit a bit: several washcloths, a large baby blanket, hat and booties. And I’ve tried to make the same sock at least 4 times now. (I know, I know, I need to break down and just get on You Tube and watch the part I need help with ) I don’t feel like I have done enough of it yet to know whether or not I actually like it.
Comparatively speaking, I’m finding knitting harder than crochet, mostly because of mistakes. When you mess something up in crochet, you just rip it out and redo it. When you mess something up in knitting (and it seems I only catch these rows past when it was made), the only way I can figure out to fix it is to basically un-knit to the mistake. That takes forever! I am not a fan of spending more time going in reverse than going forward, but alas, this seems to be the only way to effectively make correction and not screw up the pattern.
I am hopeful that if I do enough of it, that I can see the stitches with the same clarity as I do with crochet. Or, maybe, I need to lower my standards. Perhaps I am too hard on myself in expecting the same kind of perfection in my knitting as I do with my crocheting.
Either way, I am on a high, having new yarn to work with. I especially love baby prints; maybe it’s the softness of the yarn; maybe it’s the pastels. For this project, I’m using a base of Baby Bee Angel Fleece Babybelle.
The last blanket I did, I swore I would not use this yarn again, BUT, given the lack of selection and the yummy softness of it, it was too hard to resist. I am hopeful that I can squeeze in the knitting in a fashion that I don’t lose count of where I’m at, given the busy-ness that is inherent in my weeks.
Mmmmmmmmmm, yarn! Nothing better! (except maybe books )