Thursday, March 05, 2009

a question for all you Yarn People...

So I've needed a hobby--you know, a handwork sort of activity. I have dabbled in crochet and knitting as a total beginner (if you've been here awhile you may recall the ONE oversized sock I made last year)...anyway, I've decided to just DIVE IN and make knitting and crochet the Thing That I Do for Fun.

A few days ago I started my first sweater and here's the question:

How do you manage to get anything else done??


Blogger paula, the quilter said...

Bwaa Haaa Haaa! *lol* I knit in the evenings when CarGuy watches teevee. I knit in any away down time because I take it with me. Knitting is highly portable, especially if it is small projects like socks or scarves or hats. Which, btw, also make wonderful gifts.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Hahahaha! Now you're sucked in! Paula said it all. I always have some knitting in my backpack, 'cause you never know when you'll get caught waiting somewhere. That way, instead of being the angry person who is stuck waiting, I'm happy for the few stolen moments knitting. BUT, it definitely cuts into quilting time LOL!

1:48 PM  
Blogger CT said...

lol! you actually enlist someone to drag you kicking and screaming away from your knitting in order to do insignificant stuff... say, eat or sleep!

1:57 PM  
Blogger madrekarin said...

Now you know why I stopped knitting! lol Of course, I replaced it with quilting...Um, yeah. I am afraid I am of no help whatsoever.
I love that little detail in the sweater. Lovely.

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't! A perfect house is not a necessity. Clean underwear and food are. I have knitting lying all over the house and pick it up when I have a few minutes. And I'm severely sleep deprived!

4:21 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

It takes for ever and then you understand why you gave it up or never took it up as a hobby in the first place. I you want to knit smething quick you decide its baby or childrens wear as its small and quick, if you can't acheive anything quickly, stick to stitching and quilting, works everytime!

6:06 PM  
Blogger PamKittyMorning said...

that little shrug is very cute.

6:09 PM  
Blogger from little acorns said...

I feel the same way about embroidery. . . & it's a wonderful escape! (I won't even let myself go back to knitting & crochet. . . you are so brave!) I can't wait to see what you are 'having fun' with!. . . it looks wonderful so far!
xo, Bren

9:16 PM  
Blogger tina said...

oh sweetie, I love the fact that you are laboring under the delusion that you will get things done, seriously! You just get less done that you didn't want to do in the first place! :) Heckfire, I am downsizing residence in order to make more time for knitting and quilting in the middle of the work. (Always the work). I say "Get Knittin!" woman! You know that while I love to quilt (and embroider and sew and on and on) it is the knitting that brings peace. I'm all about the peace. Maybe a cute knitted purse would be a great project? Fast and easy and yet you can haul it everywhere and hear that people think you are endlessly brilliant! :)

6:17 AM  
Blogger Angelina said...

I keep thinking I am going to pick up knitting again and learn to crochet. In fact, I really am excited to do it, but I have to get over a little quilt challenge first.

Today is definitely the day!

(I've been saying that for weeks!)

8:30 AM  
Blogger Candace said...

Well, Elizabeth, your husband tells you he wants to learn to knit and the two of you can spend all your time together knitting! Seriously Mr. Squash asked me to teach him - can you dig it???

11:32 AM  
Anonymous happy zombie said...

Like Bren... I do embroidery for all the same reasons she said... and I also echo Thimbleanna's thoughts about bonus stolen moments. I love portable projects! I just hope you don't go too portable, and end up with one of those beer can hard-hats (with yarn instead).

1:44 PM  
Blogger Minick and Simpson said...

I am enthralled and envious! It looks like it actually will be something! Awesome. Anything that relaxes you and you can take with you to work on - that is wonderful.


4:19 PM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

Making a sweater - how brave you are. I'm still in the scarf making stage. I only crochet at night while watching TV. If I did it in the day time I'd never get anything done. By the way, I just finished a new quilt top with that brown wallpaper print fabric as my border fabric ; ) I love that whole collection.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

Welcome to the "knitting club"! I knit at night also as what I call a luxury hobby. My husband says that I don't want to know what I have spent on yarn...he is so right! Your sweater is looking fab! The way I keep from letting my knit project take over my life is I won't allow myself to knit during the day, or else 30 minutes turns into 2 hours....oops! Can't wait to see your project finished...looks like a top-down sweater. Those are my favorite to knit!

7:00 AM  
Anonymous barbara@quiltsoup said...

Once the carpal tunnel sets in, you return to applique and then switch it up every other day!

9:23 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I had to giggle that someone (such as myself) who lives and breathes quilting says " ... so I need a hobby". I can't pick up a new hobby until I tame this one. Good luck with all that.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Your knitting is beautiful.

I don't know how any of us quilt, blog, facebook, twitter, and do all of the other things we have to do! I'm still trying to figure that out! lol

11:53 AM  
Blogger Library Gal Quilts said...

Sorry I am left handed and was never taught, but take a look at a wonderful blog called what a hoot!
And think, another thing to collect beyond fabric...if you get a chance, go to Britex in SF and go to the yarn floor...great people great buttons and a reason to go to the city! My mobile project of choice is cross stitch on linen...until my eyeballs go ouch..then I need a break and just take a nap! Happy Spring! Pam in Chico

7:30 AM  
Blogger Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I don't have a clue when it comes to knitting! Sorry I cannot be of any help. BUT, I do try and carry a cross stitch project to have on hand if I get stuck somewhere.

GOod luck!


8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I KNOW what you are talking about! I just started knitting myself and I'm making my first sweater. I am SOOOOOOO addicted. I knit while watching TV at night. I knit in the car between lights. I knit while waiting for my kids to read or write something during schooling. WHEREVER I can fit it in, I knit. Now, my obsessions are ever-changing from stamping, to scrapping to sewing, to quilting to knitting, to reading, to WHATEVER interests me at them moment. I NEVER give a hobby up, but go from one to another. Life is too short not to enjoy it ALL!!!

8:14 AM  

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