Wednesday, May 16, 2007

In which I list the possibilities

Process vs. Product. Which are you? Is it the thrill of the chase that keeps you going, or the medal at the finish line? Is it the journey or the destination?

I keep thinking about this with myself as a knitter. I'm just not sure yet--maybe time will tell. I've definitely taken on a lot of challenges in the past year, and I try to learn something new from each project, so that points toward being a process knitter...that said, I am on too limited a budget with too much sweater lust to be all about the process--i want to wear some of this stuff, people!

I borrowed this meme from Alianne as a way of exploring my knitterly brain right now, and setting some goals:

Bold for stuff you've done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you're not planning on doing.

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns

Knitting with bananafiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffitti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit

American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting

Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies...)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items)on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone elses handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art (because Beth said so)
Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Entrelac Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with selfpatterning/selfstriping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public


Alison said...

Looks like you've done quite a bit!

I'm both process and product. I'd probably still knit if I never finished anything just for the meditation, but like you, I want to wear the stuff, too!

Dipsy said...

This was highly interesting to read through - must try it out too! I think I'm more of a process knitter - when the finished product doesn't fit perfectly, I don't have any problems ribbing it and starting something new with the yarn, as for me it's most of all the joy to just knit. It's a bit different for socks though ;) Okay, I think I'm a process- as well as a product-knitter... and pretty confused as it seems ;)

Lesli said...

I love this list. I copied into excel and "answered" it for myself which leads me to some questions maybe you can help me with.
What are the following?
Thrummed knitting
Knitting Art
Olympic knitting
Graffitti knitting
Two end knitting

OK - maybe it is asking too much. I will look these up. Love this list - thanks.

Dana KBS said...

Lesli, I'm responding to you here because I didn't see an e-mail or blog address for you--

Thrummed knitting - is incorporating little pieces of roving wool (thrums) into knitted fabric to make it really warm and insulated. i think it's mostly used for mittens.

Knitting Art - knitting something that's just to look at?

Steeks - a technique for knitting in the round, then cutting the knitting (!) to make a cardigan, neckhole, armhole, etc.

Olympic knitting - the yarnharlot had a contest/challenge during the last olympics to start and finish a challenging project during the time frame of the winter games. (I wasn't knitting at the time; I just know about it from the archives of her site!)

Graffitti knitting - leaving knitted items on the street, like graffiti, I think.

Two end knitting - I'm not sure about this one. I've seen both where two people work on a project in the round AT THE SAME TIME using two needles (can't wrap my brain around that one)...also where something is started with a provisional caston in the middle, so it can be knitted down from both ends??