And the last FO of 2011. I started these mittens in 2010 on Christmas Day. Would have been great to have finished them on Christmas Day 2011, but they lingered on until Dec 30th. Just in time for some cold weather to hit. And then some warm weather to hit. It’s been hit or miss on wearing these lately. Hopefully we will keep some cool temps so I can wear them more.
I am honored to know the designer from my past knitting life. When I was on a yahoo list and from Stitches Midwest. Jolene is a lovely person, always smiling and has wonderful stories to tell.
I think the first mitten took me about 2 weeks to compete and the 2nd one took 1 week. So, did it take me over a year to knit these, or just 3 weeks? LOL!
In ruminating on knitting yesterday I ponder this issue: Are there knitting stitches or patterns you just cannot stand!!! I know, most people say purling, but I mean st patterns as in Seed St, Feather and Fan, Ribbing, etc. I do not jump for joy to rib, and yet, I don’t mind Seed St, but I cannot stand Feather and Fan.
My reasons for it are from early in my knitting life. I did a blanket for Hubster’s Grandmother in FnF. It was only a lap throw, but it drug on and took forever!!!! Because of that experience I detest FnF. Can’t stand to knit it, can’t stand to see it. And maybe, it reminds me too much of some crochet afghan patterns.
I also dislike crochet. I can do it, will use it when I have to, but prefer anything to crochet. TO ME (qualifier here, this is just my feeling) it is icky, yucky, gag me with a spoon ugly. That’s just my opinion. Yes, there are some lovely things that are made with crochet. But I just can’t get into it. I crocheted all through my teens and sometimes in my 20’s. I don’t enjoy doing it, due to my right hand dominance that refuses to allow my left hand to hold yarn with any skill. Bad right hand! But it isn’t just the strain on my hand when trying to crochet. I just don’t care for the fabric it makes. Please don’t judge me because I don’t like crochet. I am not judging your work or your skill, maybe I am judging the craft as a whole, which is hard to separate oneself from. And definitely some of the ugly things that have been created in the past turn my stomach. I am just saying it’s not for me. Just as some like Brussel Sprouts, and others detest them, we all have our opinions.
So, what do you truly detest in the fiber world? Macrame? Cross-stitch? Knitting? Needlepoint?
OK, after being pissed off by my denunciation of crochet, head over to Tami’s and see what wonderful knit and crochet items others have finished this week.