Friday, July 28, 2006

To crochet or not to crochet...

A wonderful friend of mine just gave me a copy of the Yarn Harlot's "At Knit's End - Meditations for women who knit too much".

I am not a reader by any means - but when I went to bed last night, I picked up Ms. Pearl-McPhee's book and enjoyed reading the little blurbs about knitting. I found myself laughing out loud and muttering to myself, "so true! so true!". It is a great read so far, and I do suggest it for any knitter...

Then - I stumbled across page 48 and read these words:

"...deal with the more important issue - how wrong crochet is".

And I felt like "The Yarn Harlot also hates to crochet? It can't be true!"

I have heard the shunning of crochet before (yes Bethe - you, my love!) and I respect others feelings that crochet is "knitting's bastard child"... (darling - those words will stay with me forver - while I do crochet - I thought that phrase was halarious! - You scared the crap out of me when you said it - but it was darn funny!)

So - I guess I want to ask any of you who crochet and dislike it so much, your reasons why....I am temped to e-mail Ms. Pearl Mc-Phee and ask her why she dislikes it so much - beacuse I really respect her opinion - and she is the coolest knitter I have ever read (click on Erin's blog and click ont he Yarn Harlot Link - I'll get a link up there soon enough). I know it is all of personal opinion..but I am still curious.

Now before I get all high on myself for giving crochet the respect it deserves...I will admit to saying many times that I perfer knitting over crochet. I admit it - I say it outloud...so here is my list on why I respect the art of crochet....and my own reasons for giving it the "shun" at times.

I love to crochet because:

1. It makes the most beautiful baby blankets. Trying to knit a baby blanket seems like torture to me. Crocheting a baby blanket can be quick and beautiful. Sharon makes the most beautiful baby blankets that I have ever seen.

2. It is the first yarn art that my sister taught me many years ago that I could actually do. My first project was a scarf for Cesar, and I learned many things about crochet and even crocheted 150 heart ornaments for my wedding and I enjoy putting one on the tree every Christmas.

3. Crocheting....lead me to knitting. I think it is a perfect gateway craft if one is nervous about attempting knitting first. That is another reason why I learned this first.

4. As much as doilies are SOOO not my thing....in looking at the detail in them - they are amazing.

5. It gives me a well needed break from knitting some times. I can crochet with my eyes shut...knitting requires way more attention for me right now.

OK - I could probally fine more - but I have to go to work soon.

SO - now my main reasons why I perfer to knit instead of crochet:
1. Crocheted sweaters just don't look as nice (IMO)
2. I don't know of any crocheting groups in the area
3. Knitting has given me more satisfaction than crocheting has in the past.

I have to say - I really feel that ANY craft that brings joy and STRESS RELIEF to any person should be praised - no matter what it is (yes, this includes painting Star Wars action figures so that they look like the real storm troopers in the movie). Ok, maybe knitting and crochet did not SAVE my life - but both of them have really made it more enjoyable.

Knitting has created a whole new world for me which I will forever be grateful. I found a group of really wonderful gals to knit with every Weds aging from probally 25 - 75 years old.

And I would have never gotten there if my sister did not teach me crocheting first...then taught me how to do the "2 stitches that rule the world" as the Harlot would say....Knit and Purl

So I just ask - why knock crochet so much...why is it so "wrong" when it gives so many people such joy and satisfaction? It's not THAT bad, right?

Monday, July 24, 2006

Weekend roundup 7/22 - 7/23

Does the weekend have to be over already?

Friday: Stayed in and chilled out. Got some knitting done, and had a nice dinner that Cesar made for me. He made this chicken dish that I always get from Bugaboo Creek/Longhorn which is chicken that has BBQ sauce, bacon, cheese and diced tomatoes on it - and it is SOOOO GOOD. It tasted just like the restaurant! We trie to stay up for the Sox (10pm game), but that was just not going to happen.

Saturday: Craft Day at Danielle's! I helped Joy make lollipops for a bridal shower and also worked on Jim's sweater. After craft day, we went to Seth & Jo's to have dinner with them and visit with baby Shane! I love how he giggles all the time!

Sunday: Holy cleaning day. I'll leave it at that. Cousin Amy came over at 3 and we watched the game and we did BBQ. Mom and Dad came over too - to visit. In bed by 9:30...I could have slept forever!

It feels like a fall morning here! I am ready for it - bring it on!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

A Cookout Success!

Phew! We did it! Hosted our first BIG cookout as a married couple in our new house. Aprox 30+ people and all went well without as hitch (as far as I knew!).

I am exhausted - and it is 12:51 pm and I still have a few stragglers out on the deck surrounded by citronella and being good boys. I am about ready for bed though.

Thanks to all my friends who came! And special thanks to those who brought goodies and helped me clean - it is always, always appreciated! Danielle - I am having some of your banana bread tomorrow for breakfast! I can actually say that my house is 97% back to normal. (I won't talk about the outside, ok?) That will be delt with tomorrow.

So here are a few pics - but I promise to send the Shutterfly link to those who want to see them!

I love this picture! - My girls and I in the middle of the cookout.













Cesar and I:














Jim telling a great story! Joy - Give Jim a BIG thanks for me! (Yes - Jim is a professional story teller and I just think that is SO COOL!)















And finally - something flying overhead during the cookout...