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.

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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 comments

  1. Judy S / June 12, 2013

    WOW that is SPECTACULAR!!!! Congratulations!!!!

    Now…off to click the link and get the pattern :-)

  2. Cynthia Lopez / June 12, 2013

    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.

  3. Kate / June 12, 2013

    Lots of people on Ravelry ran out of yarn. Did you?

  4. Mary Lynn / June 12, 2013

    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!

  5. Kimberly W / June 12, 2013

    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.

  6. Jackie / June 12, 2013

    LUV this stunningly colourful blanket design! ❤

  7. Ali / June 12, 2013

    I love this afghan! Can we get the specifics on the colors you used somewhere??

  8. staci / June 13, 2013

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

  9. Kristin / June 13, 2013

    OMG!! It`s really spectacular!! Just LOVE it! Must have this pattern.. :)

  10. annabel / June 13, 2013

    Since it’s garter stitch, is it equally beautiful on both sides?

  11. Kathy Trunzo / June 14, 2013

    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!!! :-)

  12. Laura Kay / June 14, 2013

    That is a beautiful afghan. I love the color combinations.

  13. Knitting Sailor / July 5, 2013

    That is totally gorgeous! I almost want to knit one, but don;t think I would have the commitment….