Our staff here at fibre space™ has been stitching up a storm. At our last staff stitch night (we like to get together and knit & crochet too!), we got to talking about what we get out of our fibre crafts. We asked each other “Do you like the process of making the object or do you like finishing projects?” After what turned into a lengthy discussion, we decided to share our findings with you!
Here’s the scoop on your Yarnistas:
I’m definitely all about the finished item. I compulsively starts new projects because its like the thrill of buying a new piece of clothing…but I’m isn’t so good at finishing things (I just want the garment and sometimes don’t want to do the work! 😉 ). My current favorite items are quick and mindless infinity cowls and baby sweaters, because both can be finished quickly and with little to attention being paid to them during the process. I do crochet, although my project list wouldn’t reflect it so much. If you catch me crocheting, it is likely granny square blankets (like this one) for family or friends’ babies.
Currently on needles: Traction Street Cowl by Ann Weaver in NFC Luxury Sock, the Kelbourne Woolens Mystery Knitalong in the Fibre Co Meadow, and a shop sample of Devlan in Imperial Stock Ranch Erin (coming in for fall!) Trying to resist the urge to make a Yipes Stripes cowl from the new batch of kits we just got….
I’m a process stitcher for sure! I could cast on something new every single day. Sitting down to a new pattern, with the right needles and the perfect yarn is so gratifying. Its like my daily bread!
I’m primarily a process knitter. I like to have something on the needles at all times and I will frequently pick projects where I can learn a new technique or stitch pattern. A primary goal of my knitting is to reduce stash.
Currently on the needles: Muji Painting using Dragonfly Squishy Lace in Silver Fox (endless stockinette for relaxing knitting); A cowl using the tri color linen stitch pattern from Wendy Bernard’s new stitch dictionary.
Hovering between ufos and wips: Monomania (still have a sleeve and a half); Two socks, both stuck at the heels.
I’m probably more of a project knitter. I love the idea of making certain projects and I want to see them finished. I love that feeling of having something completely done and then being able to wear it and say that I made it. There’s nothing quite like it. That being said, I really do enjoy the process of knitting and, if a project takes way too long, there’s always the chance I may start another one at the same time. I really like to start something knew and see it grow and take shape. I guess that makes me a bit of a tweener 😉
I’m a bit of a cast-on-aholic. I love to cast on new projects and try out new skills. That being said, one of my 2014 knitting goals has been to reduce the number of active items on my needles through either finishing or frogging. In the past 12 months I’ve been chugging through a lot of baby knitting (a couple of blankets and numerous sweaters) while trying to get some personal knitting in. My favorite thing to knit is probably a sweater, and I’ve taken a shine to CustomFit as a way to make sure the sweaters I knit actually fit me (just ask anyone here at the shop, I’m a little obsessed ;)).
(Some of my) Current Projects: Muji (I have a delightful skein of Squishy Lace in Dragonberry waiting to become this cowl as well); Feather Duster in NFC Loft in Randal Circle (something blue for a friend’s wedding); Moderne Log Cabin Baby Blanket in Berrocco Weekend
So, dear reader, are you a process stitcher or a project stitcher? What drives you as a fibre crafter? What sorts of projects are you working on? Now that you’ve gotten the scoop on what we’re working on and why, tell us what else you’d like to know in the comments!
**This pattern is an upcoming class!