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« on: August 25, 2006 02:41:04 AM »

Earlier this evening I met a friend of a friend who is a knitter. While we sat around talking before and after food, she brought out her current scarf to work on, and I followed suit with my odds & ends blanket.

The guys talked about video games (mostly) and us girls talked about school and work and blah and knitting (of course).

Now this gal has been knitting twice as long as I have (3 years vs 18 months) but limits herself to garter stitch scarves and squares. Even purling seemed to be too much of a hassle to do.

I just can't quite understand this. I'm by no means the most aggressive knitter in the world, but I'm always looking for something new to try... a new stitch, a new technique, something that will challange me, or make my work more efficient.

Do you ever run into someone like this? Someone who works at it, but doesn't try to (or care to) develop the skill?

I wanted to teach her something new, even if it's as simple as how to knit in the round, but felt uncomfortable offering, or even talking about my "advanced" accomplishments while she was so happy to do nothing more complex than a knit stitch.

Am I just off my rocker? (or a snob?)
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2006 04:55:30 AM »

You're not crazy  Cheesy

I used to work with a lady that was like this. She would limit herself to easy, mostly chunky knits because she just wanted the satisfaction of finishing a project and never bothered to develop her skill or expand a bit.

I can sort of understand that point of view; some people are more worried about products than the means itself, but I'm not like that at all. I prefer to try new things and get more experience so that I can create something truly beautiful and professional looking. Makes me more proud of my work, and makes the hobby worthwhile.
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2006 05:21:28 AM »

well, if she enjoys it... maybe it is just form of relaxing and meditation for her? if she works garter stitch, she doesn't have to think about it:)

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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2006 08:44:09 AM »

I guess some people just feel the need or desire to expand their knitting knowledge to include more advances techniques. Seems she's happy enough with her garter stitch. Some other possibilities are apprehension about it being too difficult or frustrating  or maybe she doesn't have anyone to teach her new stitches and such and maybe she's not aware of the plethora of fabulous instruction books out there or is unable to learn from a book alone. You could sing the praises of a few books with clear instructions and illustrations (as in you liking them, not her 'needing' them). A good technique for her could be stockinette in the round. Basicly the same moves as garter stitch (knit and knit and knit... purls be damned) with a different result to add some variety to her FOs.

Personally, I'm one of those knitters who wants to add to my knowledge bank regularly so I can make whatever strikes my fancy. I've managed to learn a lot in the 9months or so that I've been knitting and that makes me feel clever, particulary since I'm entirely self taught (or book/internet taught, I suppose).

To each their own , I reckon. But yeah, I think it's a bit batty myself. Wink

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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2006 09:20:27 AM »

my mom is one of them . . .

But I suppose, she doesn't really have the time to learn anything new right now. But if it's not in her standard repertoire of  patterns - forget it!

Although I did get her to admit that knitting a sock with magic loop method on a single circular knitting needle was rather cool and made a lot of sense, she's absolutely convinced she just couldn't figure it out . . .

Oh well, different strokes for different folks Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2006 09:29:19 AM »

I've also met some (not many) knitters who just enjoy the basic motion of knitting.  It's relaxing and repetitive, and they don't want to follow a pattern or do anything complicated. 


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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2006 09:32:58 AM »

I don't think it's that unusual. I liken it to people who like to cook simple meals vs. gourmet chefs. It all tastes good in the end!

Sometimes I want to knit something to wear, and sometimes I want to knit strictly to relax. I have a lot of garter stitch scarves.

« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2006 09:34:41 AM »

Some of us are completely driven to master a new craft and want to learn all the techniques.  This quality is really not universal.  some folks just like the meditation and mindlessness of using their hands.

My in-laws are  always saying, "Susie, you should open a shop and sell some of your things!"  To me, I could think of nothing more awful than to have to make stuff to sell it and in a store with all those business headaches as well.   For me this would be completely nuts.  Of course, selling their wares is a realization of many people's most fervent dreams. 

Many of us who craft well are really good at understanding instructions and following things visually.  This is particularly challenging for other people and they find different hobbies or just do ours in their own way.
If learning something new feels like work, people don't want to do it.

I love garter stitch scarves.  Thay are thick and lay flat and show off nice yarn and go quick too! 


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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2006 10:40:45 AM »

Well, I'm, probably more like your friend. I know how to knit and purl, but I've never learned in the round or cables or fair isle.. or anything fancy really. The only things I knit are scarves.

One of the reasons is because I hardly understand the patterns. That language just isn't fun for me. But mainly it's because I like to sew a lot. Sewing also goes much faster than knitting, so that's how I prefer to use my crafting time.

But people who love all the fancy stuff.. I'm proud of them! They take the time and effort to make great things! Sometimes I am jealous.. but really, everyone does things differently. So if knitting's what you like, that's great! Cheesy Yay!

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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2006 07:42:40 PM »

I used to have a job that allowed me to knit at work.  I never did anything fgancy because the phone always rang or I was "bothered".. I liked to knit to have something to do.. maybe she is the same way...
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