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Monday, April 19, 2010

Choose Your Weapons

Thanks for the thoughtful comments on last week's Monday Musings! I of course agree that both knitting and crocheting are noble crafts. I think Margene may be onto something when she notes that, for sweaters and other clothing, there are just a lot more and nicer options in knitting than in crochet. It is certainly possible to design and make a beautiful crocheted sweater, but it's definitely harder. At some point I may challenge myself to do this, possibly putting granny squares into the design just to up the degree of difficulty. Yes, there is such a thing as a beautiful granny square.

Another factor possibly limiting the availability of good crochet designs that just occurred to me this morning is that while it is possible to make a crocheting machine, it's not easy, and it's not practicable to manufacture them for home or small-business use. To make anything approaching a living designing sweaters, you have to be able to crank out a lot of samples, and, at least until you are well enough known to have a line of fast workers clamoring to test knit for you, it's easier to do that by machine — once you've mastered the use of the machine, which is an art all by itself. A crochet sample pretty much has to be done by hand.

Anyhow, not being easily discouraged or disparaged, I will knit and crochet steadily onward. I will also have a new Monday Musings up shortly, but since it's on a wildly different topic I'll separate it into its own post.


  • Of course, if you have the patience of a saint, Irish crochet blouses are stunning and, with this season's love of ruffles, probably tres stylish as well.

    By Blogger Roxie, at 4:21 PM  

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