My friend Summer Larson is an avid crocheter and designs and makes baby hats for girls and boys that I admire. (She’s got a great eye for color, too.) Summer knits too but prefers crocheting. I am a knitter who can crochet but prefers to knit. (Picture from Abe’s Books. Synopsis of book (1930): Novel of the English countryside and the works of a modern day witch, who accomplished with gossip and innuendo what earlier witches did with spells and curses.)
Recently Summer showed me some of her new designs for baby hats and mentioned that she needed someone to test crochet her pattern. I immediately volunteered, thinking a crocheted summer hat for my granddaughter would be a perfect birthday present.
I left Summer’s house with some bright pink cotton under my arm eager to get started. That night I began. Her directions were clear, but I kept messing up the crocheting. (Something must have been wrong with the yarn or the hook!) I went back to Summer’s house the next day; she took one look at what I had done, ripped it out and gave me a different crochet hook. Then we sat on her back patio and crocheted.
Over the next couple of weeks I dragged that crochet project with me wherever I went. It was slow going … I started to fear I would be unable to finish it in time. The picture at the left shows what I managed to crochet in 2-3 weeks. (What it doesn’t show is the stains from my blood and tears.)
Then the other day our fiber group met at Summer’s, and again I pulled out the hat. Apparently Summer also was concerned whether I would finish it in time, so she took the hat from me and finished it off in no time! She sent me home with some trim, and I sewed the trim on.
Now, as soon as I sewed the trim on my granddaughter’s hat, I knit this hat for my son-in-law in a short time – maybe a day – for his Father’s Day gift. (The only time-consuming part was the pattern design and working out the gauge.) The yarn is “Sensational” (100% superwash merino) by Fibra Natura in a lovely variegated called Garden Topiary (color 40855).
Summer is one speedy crocheter; I am a speedy knitter. I find the process of crocheting tedious; she finds the process of knitting tedious. So we started thinking about this and wondered if people who can both knit and crochet always prefer one to the other. Our hunch is that most people have a preference. Look at the picture to the right (from Habetrot‘s blog). Does it look like Joan Crawford would rather be crocheting?! 🙂
So I came up with this poll. Let’s see how right or wrong we are!