3 Things Every Non-Knitter Says

Time and time again, there seems to be a recurring theme with the questions that non-knitters ask you. In a way, it’s nice they’ve tried to show interest, but in many other ways it just makes things worse…

1. “Won’t you hurt yourself with those big needles?”

No. No we won’t. Coming from someone who inherited the clumsy gene from both sides of the family, I can confirm that even the most accident-prone knitters do not sustain any form of eye-loss or impalement. Nor have I ever heard of another knitter causing pain to an unsuspecting spectator or passer by.

Stay back: these ladies are loaded

2. “Ooh, you should start your own business doing this!”

No. No we shouldn’t. Not unless we’ve found some very clever way of dissuading Primark (or Target for Americans reading) buyers to part with something closer to £100 rather than £10. Getting people to pay for hours spent on something handcrafted is a dying concept that many do not understand.

“Yes, but you love it. You do it for the pleasure, the money is a bonus.”

Certainly, if it was a hobby. No one would dream of asking you to do a free spreadsheet in your spare time for the pure thrill.

3. “Could you knit, like, a jumper?”

…Yeah?

This one is baffling, and yet is one of the questions we’re asked the most. You really can knit anything if you put your mind to it…

What have people asked you?

Crochet Hooks: The Problem With Plastic

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If you’re going to buy plastic crochet hooks, there’s something you need to know.

THEY WILL BREAK.

If you’re a very delicate crocheter, perhaps not. But if your enthusiasm comes out as furious speed-crocheting like me, you’re better off with just buying metal ones.

The reason to have plastic/wooden hooks though is travel. If you’re planning on crocheting on a flight, you won’t get past security with a metal implement in your bag.

The other reason is quite niche, but if you need to remove dreadlocks the plastic hooks are a lot nicer on the hair. I had to do this last summer: my advice is do not use a metal hook. It hurts.

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Satisfaction: Finish Your Projects!

Received a photo from a friend’s sister who I crocheted some baby slippers for a while back. They were the first things I ever crocheted.

The satisfaction from seeing your work put to use is immense.

To all those who are so tempted to let something half completed sit in a musty drawer, don’t! And if you don’t want it any more, give it to someone else! The feeling is very rewarding.

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‘Vaginal Knitting’

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As some of you may or may not have seen, there is a performance artist who knit for 28 days out of her vagina.

That’s right. Her vagina.

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As a bold and apparently controversial piece, it has sparked a lot of attention online, particularly on Twitter.

 

So. What’s my point?

 

This got me thinking how there are lots of uses for knitting other than hats, scarves and jumpers.

Ravelry – the Facebook for knitters – have a few examples to get you thinking about what you could do…

 

 

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Free patterns – don’t be too dismayed!

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Everyone loves a free pattern – why wouldn’t you? It’s free.

As a student, they’re quite frankly a God-sent.

One thing to bare in mind though – they can sometimes be wrong. Don’t be disheartened if your very careful work doesn’t always match the picture. Although the creator is undoubtedly very talented (and generous – thank you thank you thank you!), they don’t have time to always triple check their work.

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Is this annoying? Yes. Can it be spun into a positive? YES!

Just pause and think for a bit. Try and work out why it’s going wrong and how you can correct it. The more you are able to understand the construction of your craft the better you will become.

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Here’s an example of the most recent boo-boo I’ve come across:

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So keep going! Don’t be despondent if you have to re-do something once or twice…or three times…or five…