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Knit and Crochet Blog Week: Location, Location, Location

Today’s topic:

Location, Location, Location: Where do you like to indulge in your craft? Is your favourite arm chair your little knitting cubby area, or do you prefer to ‘knit in public’? Do you like to crochet in the great outdoors, perhaps, or knit in the bath, or at the pub?

The answer for me is simple: EVERYWHERE. Anyone who knows me knows that I always have knitting with me anywhere I go. I sneak minutes of knitting standing in line, in short car trips, when I go out to dinner at a restaurant… any spare moment I have that I can grab, I’ll be knitting. It took me a while to get over the fear of knitting in public, but once I did, it felt like I had more time to knit and projects were going faster because I could pull them out to work on them wherever I was.

Most of my knitting time is spent on the living room sofa, watching TV.

33/365: You Spin Me Right Round
My spot on the living room sofa where I knit, spin, and watch TV.

Once a week I join my knit group at Habits Cafe (restaurant/bar) and knit for a few hours. I usually knit at lunch during the work week. Sometimes I’ll sit in front of my computer at home and knit while I read Ravelry, blogs, or watch something online. I don’t think finding a place to knit will ever be a problem for me! I definitely think of myself as an “obsessed knitter” and spend a lot of time knitting. When I can’t knit, I spend a lot of time thinking about knitting. It’s always on my mind. Heck, if it wouldn’t triple my commute time, I’d ride the bus to work so that I could get more knitting time into my day! 🙂

Be sure to check out the other entries for today’s topic!

In yesterday’s post, Dana suggested in the comments I try my hand at designing. I have! When I was searching for a mitt pattern and didn’t find anything that was exactly what I wanted, I designed and published Funky Chunky Mitts. (I’ve added it to the sidebar because I didn’t realize it wasn’t there!) I’ve also done a bit of test knitting and helping write up patterns for others, so I feel pretty confident in my ability to design and publish a pattern. I’m currently working on designing a colorwork sock pattern, but I’m stuck for what to do at the heel, so it’s been on hold for a while. I tried to design a different sock, but lost interest a few inches into the leg of the sock and decided I wanted to re-work it. I think I’m less of a “designer” and more “make it up as I go” or “mash a few different patterns together to get what I really want.” I did recently get Knitwear Design Workshop, but haven’t had much time to read it yet. I think that if I had more time to devote to designing, I would and eventually I will likely put out another pattern, but I can’t say it’s something that’s super high on my priority list right now. It is always in the back of my mind, though! Thanks for mentioning it, Dana – I hadn’t even really considered it yesterday when I wrote my post. 🙂

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I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

One thought on “Knit and Crochet Blog Week: Location, Location, Location

  1. Hey! Glad I could help. LOL! Those mitts are pretty cool and I can’t wait to see what else you come up with.

    I’m glad you posted about knitting in public. I’m trying to get to that point myself. I always feel so * weird* pulling out my knitting in front of non-knitters. I’m getting a little better and I always carry a project with me, now.

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