For some reason I got the bug to try to learn how to knit. I think that for so long I just got sick of wondering what life was like on the "other side." I was curious how knitters made their cables, their intricate stitch patterns, and how they really made art out of those two needles rather than one hook.
The two things I dislike the most about knitting:
- Fixing a mistake is scarier and much harder. With crochet you can just rip out the piece past the mistake and start over. No harm done. With knit it is a matter of reinserting needles and trying not to pull to hard on the piece so the loops don't fall through.
- SO much equipment is needed! I had no idea that you couldn't just use some basic knitting needles to make everything! Apparently, there are double-pointed needles, circular needles, cable needles, and who knows what else! Buying a set of crochet hooks can cost as little at $20, while purchasing an interchangeable knitting needle set is at least $50!
However, I do love the look of knitting, and am happy I can now say I know how to knit....and purl (increase, decrease, and even some cables!).
I found that knitting takes much longer also. It is hard to go from being able to finish a crocheted project in an hour or so, to a knit dishcloth taking a few hours. I tend to give up on projects that take too long, so this would mean I have to have a it more discipline to keep going---or take on smaller projects :-)
I plan on continuing to practice and try new things, and hopefully this knitting thing won't really feel any harder or easier than crocheting. I'd really like to have knowledge on both. I have to remind myself that I have been crocheting for 8 years, so hopefully 8 years from now I will be able to knit in my sleep :-)
I think I got a bit of that knitting itch, however, I still think I lean towards my first love of crochet.