It's here! Fall 2007 Interweave Crochet
There, I said it: Crochet. We're an online community called Knitting Daily,
and I've gone and said the word "crochet," right up front for all the
world to see. From the beginning, crochet has been part of Knitting Daily's
mission, but I haven't yet devoted a post to it. We've covered other
yarnly delights, such as knitting socks, knitting lace, and tossing
your knitting into the washing machine to felt it. Why shouldn't we
also discuss that other lovely way to play with yarn—crochet?
Frankly, knitting and crochet sometimes seem like two grown sisters
who've been having an ongoing feud since one sister stole the other
sister's Barbie doll back in grade school. There's an odd schism
between the two, and I've seen some pretty heated conversations online
about which one is "the best." Sometimes it takes on the flavor of the
Sharks versus the Jets: Crafters snapping their fingers to a backbeat,
brandishing hooks and needles, and getting ready to rumble.
So it's worth asking: Why can't we all just get along? Why such
strong feelings for and against? The sister-crafts of knitting and
crochet are each beautiful in their own way; each of them has a rich
history full of artistry and gorgeous things made with yarn and a
carved stick (or two). After all: Handweavers and knitters don't spat
like this. Embroiderers and cross-stitchers don't hiss at the mention
of the other. Why does Needle scorn Hook, and vice versa?
As many of you know, I am a passionate crocheter in addition to
being a passionate knitter. I have published designs that are
all-crochet as well as those that are all-knitting. I speak the
language of the hook about as well as I speak the language of the dpns.
We have some great free crochet patterns here on Knitting Daily, including Lily Chin's Lace Dress (that's what Annie is wearing in the photo above), you can now subscribe to Interweave Crochet (four times a year! whoo!), and there are some great new crochet books coming out—and I'd love to share them all with you.
Some folks hate knitting socks. Some folks dislike knitting lace.
And some folks don't like to crochet. But I think there's room for
everyone here on Knitting Daily—what do you think?
Cable needle ingenuity: I'm still working my way through all
your wonderful tips about cable knitting—thank you! I was struck by how
resourceful and inventive you all are...Mary W. uses golf tees (I
laughed out loud at that one!) and Marin U. has resorted to coffee
stirrers as cable needle substitutes. This is definitely a discussion
that deserves to continue again in the near future...so stay tuned.
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
Sandi is not ashamed to admit that she almost fainted dead away when
she found out one of her crochet designs had been selected for the
cover of Interweave Crochet Spring 2006.