I Admit It: I'm a Cross-Crafter

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 12 foot crocheted scarf.


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.

Are you a cross-crafter, too? I would love to know!

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16 thoughts on “I Admit It: I'm a Cross-Crafter

  1. Gosh yes.. I sew, knit and am currently teaching myself to crochet. I am also waiting for a new book on how to embroider.

    These skills are so transportable into other crafts and gives you more choices when making something as you can blend crafts together..

    Love it.

    stephanie

  2. Yes I am. I recently asked my son’s and husband to start limiting their hobbies to a set number when I realized, if I were to do the same, our house would be so.empty. I have closets and bookshelves full of fabric for sewing. I have trunks and storage totes filled with yarn. I am just beginning to consolidate my jewelry making supplies into one area. My answer to limiting hobbies now… each of us will have a room for it. We should not exceed the limits of our room. Well, they shouldn’t, I have to have my projects by the couch, bed and in the car.

    My username says it all.
    Debbystitches

  3. Yes I am. I recently asked my son’s and husband to start limiting their hobbies to a set number when I realized, if I were to do the same, our house would be so.empty. I have closets and bookshelves full of fabric for sewing. I have trunks and storage totes filled with yarn. I am just beginning to consolidate my jewelry making supplies into one area. My answer to limiting hobbies now… each of us will have a room for it. We should not exceed the limits of our room. Well, they shouldn’t, I have to have my projects by the couch, bed and in the car.

    My username says it all.
    Debbystitches

  4. From another thread:

    grannydi2 wrote
    on Wed, Oct 22 2014 11:41 PM

    I am a cross crafter. I love all kinds of handwork.

    I also like learning new techniques in embroidery.

    Surely appreciate all the education now available on the web. I have self-taught

    beginning in 1963 and enjoy almost all crafts. Also enjoy painting.

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    I sew, crochet, used to do counted cross stitch until my eyesight didn’t let me do that anymore ( even after having bilateral cataract surgery, and using ‘cheater’ glasses! ). My Aunt Jean tried to show my sisters and I how to knit when we were young, but only my eldest sister ever caught on, and she was the leftie in the family! I self-taught myself crochet when in high school, and have continued it off and on. Stopped doing it for a bit during the counted cross stitch phase, then took up crocheting when my eldest daughter was pregnant with my 1st grandchild. I haven’t stopped since that time, and that baby is turning 13 on December 27th! I have made a lot of baby blankets over the last 13 years for all my nieces and nephews who have a first baby on the way. I’ve also made shawls, hats and scarfs, and some crochet jewelry with beads and using hemp. My next project is to make crochet socks. I’m also gearing up to tackle quilting, have a small (?) collection of jelly rolls, fat quarters and some easy ( so they tell me ) patterns. I live in Wisconsin, and if we have another ‘Polar Vortex’ cold winter, I’ll be indoors, staying warm!

  6. From another thread:

    flypaca3 wrote
    on Wed, Oct 22 2014 7:16 PM

    I sew,quilt, do leather work. make jewelry, and bicycle. A lot of my sewing is either for quilting or making clothing,and bicycling clothing and bags for the bikes. I’m in Colorado so lots to do.

  7. I am now. Back in my teens, I learned to sew clothes. Couldn’t figure out crochet past a chain but was pretty good sewing with the double-knits of the day. But I took twenty-odd years off for career and child-rearing – face it, having a little boy doesn’t generate a lot of need for home-sewn garments! Started sewing again six years ago, and now I sew, quilt, and machine embroider. And finally mastered crochet – enough so that I sell crocheted lace doilies. This summer I started teaching myself to knit – started with a sweater and two pairs of socks – and next I have my eyes on a cardigan and cable knitting. Also made my first quilt this year to celebrate arrival of first grandchild. Finally, a little girl to sew for 😉

  8. I can so relate. I grew-up in England (born in 1947) and my Mum was an avid knitter, so my interest in that grew from her. I was probably knitting by the age of 8-years-old. We also had knitting classes in our primary school and at age 9 I knitted a doll (boys knitted too). I also learned how to do basic embroidery in primary school (under age 11). In secondary school it was all girls (no boy distractions) I had sewing instructions both hand and machine, from making a needle case to making a dress. Perfecting embroidery skills and cross-stitch was another accomplishment by then, all under the age of 15-years old. Meantime our lunch breaks and recess were filled with us girls knitting sweaters for ourselves and making baby clothes for older sibling’s children. At the age of 15 school was finished for me and it was out into the world, joining the work force. One advantage, I could now buy my own yarn and fabric when needed. At the age of 19 I found, in my mother’s workbasket, the tiniest crochet hook, which apparently belonged to my grandmother. I had never seen her use it and my mother never did take to it. My next mission was to teach myself to crochet. I found some fine crochet cotton and my tiny hook and started but with one drawback, I had only known how to knit and knew no other crocheters, so I held my yarn and hook like I was knitting. It worked and that’s how I still crochet today. I still do all these things Knit, Crochet, Cross-stitch, Sew, Quilt (a little but want to do more), Draw and Paint (another skill and love from my school days) and Craft.
    I have passed on my love for art onto my middle son (blessed with 3 sons), who has passed this onto his daughters who love to paint and draw. I have taught our pastor’s daughter how to crochet and now she makes afghans. I taught a handful of ladies at church to knit and they are now making prayer shawls. My most happiest accomplishment is teaching my daughter-in-law and grand-daughter (age 8) how to knit. I have passed the torch to them now but sit back and just enjoy all the things I can do. Even the grandchildren know if you ask Nana to make something, she will do it. The latest request was for, leaves, pumpkin, corn and yes, gourds. Mission accomplished.

  9. OMG – YES! I, too, taught myself to knit and crochet when I was a kid. I always have a couple projects in bags/boxes/containers lying around in both disciplines. There is the lace scarf I have been knitting for well over a year, the pretty crochet inserted in a towel, the lifer project-doily crocheted bedspread, etc. Then I started beading – took a cheap $15 class at a bookstore (another passion) and just fell in love with it – it just makes sense. Now there is quilting, machine embroidery, hand embroidery, cross-stitch and basketry – and I picked up a violin to try and learn, just for kicks. I have yarn, beads and material stacked high but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
    It’s nice to know there are so many other women out there with the same creative tendencies. And, like some of you, nobody else in my family does it. I’m always wondering – where does this come from?

  10. Yes. I sew, knit, crochet, quilt., embroider, bead, bead knit , make silk paper- I love to learn new techniques and continue to take classes. I suspect that I am not a master at anything and never will be but I can live with that. Right now I am trying to learn machine embroidery and would like to find a really good magazine that relates to that subject.
    I am 82 years old and have never stopped learning and teaching.

  11. Yes. I sew, knit, crochet, quilt., embroider, bead, bead knit , make silk paper- I love to learn new techniques and continue to take classes. I suspect that I am not a master at anything and never will be but I can live with that. Right now I am trying to learn machine embroidery and would like to find a really good magazine that relates to that subject.
    I am 82 years old and have never stopped learning and teaching.

  12. Yes. I can sew, knit, crochet, cross stitch, needle point, embroidery, draw, alter art, graphic design. My problem is deciding what project to do next. I often want to do something, start it and get distracted. I sometimes think I would do better if I only did one craft, but I love what I do!!!

    I am getting ready to sew on paper as part of graphic design project. I just saw this technique recently, and want to try for some Christmas crafts.

    I also do make cards with stamping, but include other techniques to them as well.

    Love to make things! I need to consider selling or doing something with all these skills! Would also clean out my supplies and open up storage!

    Crafters live longer, they have something to do!

    Elaine

  13. YES! Cross-crafter!! That’s me exactly! Thank you! I knit, crochet beginner to intermediate level, bead, embroider , sew and other sporadic crafts. It’s all a blast.

  14. There are very few crafts I haven’t tried at one time or another. Including ceramics, lampwork beads, cement crafts, and digital art. I’ve taught many of them and sold many items also.
    Next week I am moving to a new city that has a thriving art community and can’t wait to see what new things I can learn! Oh and most of what I am moving are craft/sewing books and supplies!

  15. Yes, if it uses a needle, I do it! Knitting, cross-stitch, needlepoint, crewel, quilting (hand and machine) and quilt piecing. Knitting is my go-to travel, social, and relaxing craft, where my true love is clothing construction! I used to say I made everything except jeans and t-shirts, and this year I got so fed-up with the fabrics in RTW, I even started making those!

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