Knit & Crochet in Public Week: Knittin’ Out in the Open

Crafting started as something fun to do once in a while, like during a rainy day or on the odd vacation weekend. I have a few memories of making massive collages of tiny horses cut out of magazines, or sorting through a giant jar of buttons.

That was all before I picked up a pair of knitting needles late in high school. From that moment on I needed to craft. It became a lifestyle. I knit in class, on the bus, during movies, on car rides to the store and especially in parks on nice days. Today I always have a larger project to work on at home and a smaller portable project to work on when I’m out in the fresh air and I noticed during this past round of craft shows that I always love picking up purses and tote bags but my first thought was always “hmmm… how much knitting can I fit in here?” 20130610_0051

I’m not making a statement with my public craftitude, instead I’m simply keeping busy and working through my stash no matter where I am. I do get a little thrill whenever a stranger asks what I’m making or even just correctly identifies whether I’m sewing, knitting or crocheting (conversely, I HATE it when someone asks what I’m sewing when I’m clearly knitting… sheesh!).

I think the project that has spent the most time out and about with me is my Hue Shift Afghan. I bought the yarn after I saw the finished blanket when it came through the office, well before I even shot it for the catalog! I couldn’t WAIT to get started!

Well, almost exactly one year later I just finished weaving in the last end. It is by far my most long-term project and one of the least portable but I wanted to finish it so badly that I wound up lugging it around with me for the past five months.


Now it’s officially done (complete with a photo!) so now the space in my purse for projects is freed up and I’m definitely at a bit of a loss for what to start next! I think I’m due for a few toys or mittens. Lately I’ve been grabbing a ball of yarn and a crochet hook instead of reaching for my circulars when I head out on a date or to a coffee shop. I love how portable and quick Amigurumi or granny squares can be!

13 thoughts on “Knit & Crochet in Public Week: Knittin’ Out in the Open

  1. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE that blanket. I can totally understand why it took you that long to make it. I’m not a fast knitter but I do love to knit for my kids. one day I will actually make something for myself, at least that is a goal of mine.

  2. That is absolutely fabulous! Great job. You should be proud. I would mount it on a wall because it is, indeed, a piece of art!

  3. That is beautiful. I love it. I’m hesitating to try it though cause I’m like you…I take my knitting everywhere! and honestly don’t know if I would have that much patience. Would it work for a large pillow? Thanks for sharing, quite inspiring.

  4. My daughter just saw the picture over my shoulder and once she recovered her speech, she asked me to make this for her. :)

  5. My knitting group went to a local winery for Knit and Crochet in Public week. Much fun was had by all even though a lot of stitches had to be ripped out!!! :-)