Friday, October 16, 2009

Yarny Fun

It seems early to some, but I have begun working on Christmas presents recently. It all started with a coolish day a few weeks ago, when I pulled out some yarn and began on a special afghan. Then I remembered a baby shower coming up in early November and that got me going. The blanket for the baby is finished and I have my patterns picked out for almost all of the rest of my Christmas projects.

I have to admit that it feels really good to have my fiber projects going again. Over the summer I focused on small cotton projects - sets of cleaning cloths and a few hair ties and kerchiefs. Of course, my list keeps growing of all of the crafts I would like to do around the house! A pillow or two for my living room chairs, finish a doily or two that I have been working on for what seems like forever...

Almost all of this is exclusively crochet, which is my strongest skill. I'd love to pick up the whole knitting thing again, too. I keep thinking about all of the beautiful sock patterns I've seen (though I've seen quite a few crocheted ones popping up) and how there is so much fun sock yarn out there just waiting for me. I've also admired the knitted sweaters with all of those fun cables and different laces that I haven't been able to reproduce in crochet. I guess this winter it will be time for me to focus on using two (or more) pointy sticks instead of one hook!

Perhaps this winter will also be the time I finally open my Etsy shop. I've been talking about it for almost a year now but have been afraid to take the plunge. Much of it is fear that people won't like my work, but I need to get it out there so that I can find out!


Christa said...

I too feel the yarny tug. I am just learning to knit. I am taking a beginning class. This is the 5th attempt to learn and I am bound and determined! Last night I sat down to practice and feel like I am going to catch on. I too look at all those socks and sweaters and have hopes of mastering the skill! My other love is quilting. That begins next week!
Love this time of year! Good luck and I hope you pick up those two sticks soon.

secondofwett said...

I have the opposite problem....never learned how to crochet but could knit and always wished I could do those lovely lacy patterns that come only from crocheting! Now, I just stick to quilting! Thanks for stopping by and the encouraging words.

One More Equals Four said...

Oh, I definitely think you need to go for it on Etsy! I love to shop there and wish I had a marketable talent!

mholgate said...

I tried knitting at the beginning of the year. I was discouraged because I kept getting my stitches too tight. Maybe I should take up crocheting again. My grandma taught me when I was a little girl and I used to make all kinds of fun things. :)

Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

It's never too early to start on those Christmas presents. =) I have not knitted in years and years...I can only make a scarf...haha =p Well, I'm sure the gifts will turn out fantastic, and good luck if you plan to start your etsy shop.