Wow this is a hard meme! I’ve had it brewing in my mind all week.
- I taught myself how to knit (this part you probably knew already) and until I started writing my blog I was convinced I didn’t knit properly. No one ever told me this, I just made the assumption all on my own. Now I know if this finished product looks good, then you knit properly.
- I knit in this quasi-Continental way. I hold my yarn in my left hand, but I wrap it around the needle (holding the yarn between my thumb and index fingers). Many many times I’ve tried to wrap the yarn around my fingers and flick my finger and pick at the yarn but it’s not happening. My hands cramp and my tension is awful.
- If I’m knitting at home on the weekend (which happens very often) I almost always have a glass of red wine by my side. This started being habitual about 6 months ago and now I can’t imagine knitting without it. I barely drink it because both of my hands are already occupied, but if I’m out of wine and I sit down to knit I don’t knit nearly as much.
- I keep all the labels from the yarn I’ve used. I have no idea what I’ll do with them, but I can’t seem to bring myself to throw them out. Christy, there’s even one in there that you left behind 2 years ago!
- I have lots of UFOs and I may know why. A former manager noticed that I lost interest in projects once the hard parts were done. I wanted to go on to the next thing, because the challenge and excitement was over. I think that’s true of my knitting as well. I’ve been making an effort to choose projects less on a whim, so that the finished item is as exciting to complete as the challenging parts. I haven’t finished a lot this year though, so I need to work on this more. It will definitely be in next year’s goals list.
- For a long time, my goal was to turn knitting into my career as well (yarn store, online store, yarn line), but lately I’ve changed my mind. My mom turned her hobby into a store many years back. She worked like a dog, made an OK income, and lost interest in the hobby. So lately I’ve been thinking about doing something different (maybe a restaurant) and keeping the knitting for off-hours.
- I barely knit at all during the week because I don’t have much free time after work. But I knit a lot on the weekends. I’ll sometimes take progress pics during the weekend to make up a few blog entries. This is really helpful during the winter months when taking pics at night is really hard. At first I felt like I was cheating, but I only do it when it makes sense for the project, and it helps me better document what I’ve done. So I only feel a teeny bit guilty for do it.
- If a stitch pattern is only given in words I will always chart it first. I need to see the picture of what I’m knitting. Occasionally it’s not very helpful (e.g., when the number of stitches per row changes so often that you lose the look of what you’re making), but I still do it. If there was one thing I could make people more comfortable with it would be knitting from a chart. I’m convinced that’s why people have so many problems when they start knitting lace.
- I put almost all of my cotton blend and wool blend yarns in the dryer. At first I started by experimenting with a swatch, but now I just drop the whole FO in once I’m done. In particular I love the way Silky Wool feelts after it comes out of the dryer (low/medium setting for about 30 minutes). It fluffs up and it’s only slightly damp at that point. I’m convinced that yarn manufacturers label things hand wash only just to be overly safe. Give the dryer a try — it’s great.
- I love knitting and it’s by far the most fulfilling hobby I’ve tried. But I also think it has made me less social, and it’s something I struggle with from time to time. After my divorce I didn’t know how to cope with being alone, and it took a lot of effort on my part to be OK with an empty house and no plans on a Saturday night. Now, I think the opposite has happened! I’d just as quickly choose to stay in all weekend and watch DVDs and knit than go out. I have to make a conscious effort to plan to do something other than knit. I always have a good excuse (if I have a few more hours I’ll…finish this sleeve, bind off this sock, finish the next ball, get past the hard part, etc.) but really, I know I’m just making excuses to stay home. I’ve yet to resolve this because I get so much pleasure and peace when I knit that I don’t feel like I’m missing out, and yet I think I probably am. Have any of you felt this way?