Competitive Knitting

Man, I would so be up for a World Series of Knitting! Only it would need to be re-thought a little bit, as the author of that article clearly knows nothing about the craft. (Crochet, cross-stitch, and quilting are entirely separate disciplines.) Now, would I compete for Australia or America? I think about things too much. (Link courtesy of Max.)


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  1. How true… I would very much be up for that as well — well, actually, an overall World Series of needlecraft… especially as I FINALLY learned how to knit this weekend… I’m so excited! Now I just need to go from a collection of stitches to a useable item! And I’ll compete for America if it means we could be on the same expat team…

  2. oh, yeah, that and Olympic Thrifting would be SO COOL.

  3. What is the difference between crocheting and knitting? I am thinking about taking one of them up and can’t figure out the difference. Is it the type of the product you use? Thanks.

  4. Main difference as far as I — super beginner! — can tell is the equipment. W/ crochet you use 1 hooked needle, and at the simplest level make a series of joined up slip-knots; knitting uses 2 needles to make the links…

  5. In conceptual terms, since a crochet hook is only making one stitch at a time and you can theoretically put that stitch anywhere, you can create much more three-dimensional objects. It also makes better circles (like for hats) and can be used to join other things together. Knitting, on the other hand, goes from one side to another like a typewriter which is more efficient for creating rectangles and flat fabric.

    On a more practical level, I can’t crochet for the life of me. I just don’t think that way.

  6. Heh heh–I thought of you when I saw that category, Kris. I know you’d be into it…perhaps there would be some way to make it “X-TREME!”–could bungee jumping or skateboards be worked into it?

  7. I do both, crochet and knit, and I’d say that knitting is more fun, but I use my crocheting skillz all the time to fix things with my knitting (like joining up seams with a crochet hook and adding borders). If you want to make baby stuff (like afghans and booties), crocheting is more versatile and straight forward.

  8. I just heard about this lady on the radio yesterday:
    she could be the patron saint of the World Series!

  9. Now I’m obsessed with the idea of “X-TREME knitting.” Maybe there’s a book in this somewhere. I’m picturing knitted skateboarding wristguards… guitar straps, of course… a beanie that says “STREET LUGE RULEZ”… the ubiquitous knitted hacky sack… maybe a little knitted cotton bag to put your rock-climbing chalk dust in or something? Ooh, I bet I could actually sell this stuff down at Glebe Markets! I can envision my own “Dude/Sweet” label right now. Our slogan would be: “You can put your weed in there.” 🙂

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