Saturday, June 16, 2007

A meme for you to enjoy

A meme from Joyce Makes Art:


#1 Is it about the finished item or about the process of knitting? Some of both? Has your focus changed one direction or the other over time?

#2 How do you view mistakes? Do you think they give your project character? Is it important to have one, as my Aunt says, because only God is perfect? Or would you rip all the way back to row 5 of your husband's finished sweater knit on size 3 needles to eradicate a mistake no one else would notice?

#3 Would you rather knit a project that is comfortable for your skill level, or do you prefer a challenge that requires you to figure out new things?

#4 What is something you really want to make but haven't yet? What holds you back? Is it money, skill level, time, fear of the unknown or something else?

After you answer, please link to your blog in the comments so I can go and read and see what your thoughts are!

I don't usually take part in these but this one was quite interesting so here goes:

#1 Is it about the finished item or about the process of knitting? Some of both? Has your focus changed one direction or the other over time?

I first knitted because I enjoyed doing it (process, I guess). When I started a family, having a very limited income, knitting (and sewing) was a way of providing clothes for my family at a reduced cost, clothes being expensive then and wool not so much. Nowadays, still on a budget (!!) clothes are cheaper than they used to be but yarn not so much. I still enjoy having the finished product (when I do finish something and it fits!) for myself or, more and more often for a gift, but I still also enjoy the process. A long way of saying - a bit of both!

#2 How do you view mistakes? Do you think they give your project character? Is it important to have one, as my Aunt says, because only God is perfect? Or would you rip all the way back to row 5 of your husband's finished sweater knit on size 3 needles to eradicate a mistake no one else would notice?

Mistakes - I loathe them! But sometimes I can, and do, ignore them. I have always managed to fudge a mistake if it was one too many or too few stitches in a row. Something more noticeable, such as a cable going the wrong way or a purl stitch where a knit one should be I would be more likely to frog back (or down the line of stitches) and fix. To prove that, look back and see the number of times I frogged and redid the Oslo-Cairo hat! I am not of the belief it is important to include a mistake to prove only God is perfect. I have never held the mistken belief that I am perfect and am too fond of showing others my faults (in my life as well as my knitting) if they haven't already noticed them!

#3 Would you rather knit a project that is comfortable for your skill level, or do you prefer a challenge that requires you to figure out new things?

I am a believer in moderation in all things! I like to eat vegetables as well as chocolate. Beside my bed I keep non-fiction, reference-type reading (usually knitting or spinning) as well as entertainment-type lighter reading material (a novel). I have more challenging knitting projects on hand for times when this is desired as well as simpler, easy-to-knit-while-watching-tv type knitting.

#4 What is something you really want to make but haven't yet? What holds you back? Is it money, skill level, time, fear of the unknown or something else?

Where to start! In my cupboard I have a Hanne Falkenburg Mermaid which I have started but put down months ago because I made a mistake and need to frog back. Maybe the actual knitting of this isn't challenging, but interpreting and following the instructions is, a little. I guess time does hold me back to a certain extent, or rather, time I want to devote entirely to sitting down and concentrate solely on my knitting. That, and not knowing exactly what size the finished product will be and not wanting to blow it by making the wrong size.

So, there are my answers. What are yours? Please put a link to your blog in my comments so I can learn more about you!

2 comments:

joyce said...

i love your answers kathy! and your knitting is beautiful!

Stell said...

what insightful answers, I visited this time to tag you with 8 interesting things, but see that the meme is of a much higher standard than the tag - however if you feel up to another round of questions the rules are on my blog www.knitknitfrog.blogspot.com

I'm passing the tag to kiwi knit bloggers I know of.

stella from dunedin