Just this week, I finished knitting a gorgeous cowl scarf from a deep teal merino wool so lovely that I would marry it if I could. Part of what made the cowl so special was that it took me a year to knit it.
My cowl that took a year of knitting.
It's not that the cowl was so difficult to make. In fact, I didn't even need a pattern to create it. It's more that I had a difficult year, and any time I reached for it, the creation of the cowl was there to comfort me.
I find knitting so soothing. I am not advanced by any stretch of the imagination, and I am completely self-taught from books and cheap craft store pamphlets. There is no one in my family that I know of who knits (other than my nieces who learned from me.)
Sewing is another matter. We go back generations in our sewing. My great-grandmother, my grandmother, my mother, moi—and that's just who I know about. We have always sewn. I have a whole room, career, education, and life dedicated to sewing
But I do love knitting, even if I am only a perennial beginner. I always have a knitting project going, and it's like a friend I can carry with me wherever I go.
Same for crochet. I taught myself on a summer's day while lying on a large, lakeside hammock with my husband. He saw my first few crooked hooks of a Marc Jacobs knockoff scarf I was intending and laughed, "I can see that this is never going to happen."
Well, those were some famous last words. As you can see from my picture, that scarf is about 12 feet long. I have since crocheted my way through afghans, scarfs, tiny bags.
I think there are many more like me out there. It only make sense that if you are passionate about one craft, you may have more than a passing dalliance with another.
And now there is a magazine for the cross-crafter in all of us. In DIY Holiday, you will find knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, jewelry-making, beading, needlework, spinning, and weaving. Whew! With accessible projects in each section, it's the perfect way to explore a new craft. Check it out in the Sew Daily Shop.