My mother taught my sisters and me how to crochet when we turned eight or nine, just old enough to handle the crochet hook. I used to call the hook a needle, which is what my mother still calls it, until a few years ago when I learned the proper term was ‘hook.’ There’s also, by the way, a crochet hook with a hook on each end known as the cro-hook, which I’ve never used. Knitting, on the other hand, uses needles.
I inherited many of my mother’s crocheted blankets and pillows and I pull them out whenever I want to throw some color onto my normally all white bedding, change up the overall mood of my apartment, or the look of a piece of furniture.
Last month, my wingback chair felt too girly and cold, so I tucked two of my mother’s more eclectically shaped stripy throws (she makes them out of leftover yarn) around the seat and back cushion to give the chair a little edge. Will Taylor of the uber-popular interior design blog Bright Bazaar would, I like to think, be so proud. His new gorgeous book, Bright Bazaar, comes out in the US this April, but you can order it ahead of time now.
I prefer crocheting over knitting. Yes, I’m a Crochetista. The single hook feels more natural than a knitting needle in each hand. It’s likely I just need more practice knitting. Erika Knight’s Simple Knitting: A Complete How-to-Knit Workshop with 20 Projects will come in handy for that.
Casual craft poll: Tell us here or on Facebook. Are you a Knitnick? or Crochetista?
Next month is National Crochet Month (Stay tuned! We have a Crochet Challenge and chance to win some books starting next week!). When was National Knitting Month? I ought to know… I googled it and came up with a slew of different answers. There was a Knitting week held in October one year, and like NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), NaKnitMo (National Knit Month) seems to happen in November. No matter…
Rest assured, Knitnicks, for sure we’ll have a Knitting Challenge. And whaddyaknow! We have the perfect knitting books for your warm-up routine! Happy knitting! Happy crocheting!