Knitting, Crochet, and Related Acts of Yarn

I know people who knit or crochet habitually.

As in, all the time.

As in, they have trouble figuring out what to do with all their creations.

I’m not one of them.

I do know how to knit, mind.  Ditto crochet.  I think both are useful skills.  But what drives me to acts of yarn isn’t a love of exotic fibers (I’ve gotten hives from wool) or beautiful colors; it’s a desire to have an item that I can’t easily find.

I wanted a warm, red afghan to match my red curtains and red chair.  So I crocheted one over the course of a couple years.

More recently, I wanted a scarf long enough that I could wear looped around my neck.  Ideally, I wanted it long enough to loop around my neck loosely and have the ends come down to my waist.   When you’re 5’8″ and wear a 44DDD bra, this isn’t a 4-foot scarf.  It’s more like a 6-foot scarf.

So I crocheted a scarf in a fluffy, blue and green variegated yarn.   It’s lovely … but doesn’t go well with red or burgundy clothing.   (I have 2 pairs of burgundy corduroy pants. One would’ve thought I’d have considered this before making the scarf.  One would’ve been wrong.  Sigh.)

gray scarf laying on red background

Gray scarf laying on red background

When the scarf “want” hit again, I went with a neutral – a dark gray that looks black in some lights and gray in others.  It’s knitted, and came out at 7 foot long and 1 foot wide.  I’m wearing it now and quite pleased.

Part of why acts of yarn take me so long is that I don’t have a designated “time” where I do them.    I don’t like combining yarnwork with reading or using the computer … and I read and use the computer a lot. Today I actually watched part of a movie on Netflix solely to keep me company while knitting, because, darn it, I wanted to finish. (You know you don’t watch movies much when the man of the house says, “You’re watching a movie??” in great surprise.)

Edited to add: the man of the house approves of the scarf too.  It’s possible that only wearing the scarf may have affected his opinion…. ;)

2 thoughts on “Knitting, Crochet, and Related Acts of Yarn

  1. I am with you on scarf length! Oh my, yes! Ha-ha! I only crochet, but like you I only do so when I want something I can’t find. I’ve done a few gifts here and there, but I don’t love it so much I can’t stop. My best friend, whenever sitting at home, is always crocheting a blanket for someone. They are lovely and I cherish mine, but I don’t think I have the patience to do more than a baby blanket (I’ve only done one of those). I prefer to focus on one thing at a time, not that I do that well, but it helps if I believe the fantasy, right? Ha!

  2. I want to learn to sew for pretty much the same reason; to make things I can’t find to buy. For some reason here in NZ plus size clothing shops all stop at a size 22 or 24, which is OK for my top half but not for the bottom. I assume the general public wouldn’t like me to parade around half naked though, hence the desire to sew :)

    (And I hear you on the scarf problem. My MIL found me a lovely one 6 foot long! I love that woman.)

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