Saturday, February 10, 2007

Knit Knit Knit

Continual and unending work on the Mystery Garn Studio Pattern.

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It occurred to me last night, as I bought another bag-full of yarn (there goes the yarn abstinence!) I am a particular sort of knitter: the quick burn and fade away. I love to start projects; finishing them, not so much.
As you can see above, my Mystery Garn Studio pattern is yet to be completed. According to my nifty progress bars, I have far too many on the go to finish before the weather takes a turn for the worse (or better? I like winter, especially as it pertains to knitting).

So, what kind of knitter are you? I've met a few in my times, and here's what I'll categorize them as:

One-pattern-Knitters: These friends can certainly focus. They choose a pattern and actually focus on just that one pattern until it's complete! No knitting A.D.D. with this crowd. No ten projects on the go.

Perfect-Pete Knitters: These stitchers are all about the flawless finished project. Just by the book. No room for deviation. Sometimes but not necessarily the same as the One-pattern-Knitters. This bunch are also have great patience - you'd have to in order to undo any mistakes (or go so slowly and methodically to avoid making them altogether!)

The Quick-Burn-and-Fade-Away Knitters: As mentioned above, I'll categorize myself under here. Eager and enthusiastic to begin a project. Casting on is ecstasy. But finishing, not really at the top of the priority list. Far too many needles and stitch holders owned by this mob - they have to in order to keep all their gigantic magnitude of projects on hold!

The Chillax Knitters: This is what I'd say I aspire to. This group of knitters knit for the love of it. A mistake? No worries! Frog it out. One project on the go - they actually finish it. Five projects on the go? They aren't stressing over it (and, they finish it!) A magical, mystical tribe are these.

and, on the other end of the scale:

The Pickle-in-Ass Knitters: You can't be as great as them. There's always something wrong with your work. Superior to you by whichever definition they choose to use. These are an unfortunate crowd - avoid at all costs. Ruining a beautiful hobby is their hobby. Nasty bunch, these.

The Eager-to-Learn Knitters: Not necessarily beginners, these people love a challenge. They want to learn something new and useful with every project. Rather commendable! I've found these people love to share their newly learned skills with others.

While this is by no means an exhaustive list, where do you think you stand? Create a category for you! I'd like to hear it.


Anonymous said...

I don't even know which kind of knitter I am. Hmmm.... Something to think about for sure.

Teresa said...

Hehe, I think I need to come up with some more categories!

Lilith Parker said...

I think I'm like you. I have tons of WsIP, and love starting new projects, but I get bored easily, so I end up having to get more needles.

Teresa said...

Nice to hear there's others out there!

Anonymous said...

OKay, I dont freakin' know. What kind of knitter am i?

Anonymous said...

i am a combination of eager learner (though this is fading) and a combination of quick burn and fade away, i always have a ton going on

Teresa said...

Steph: I was thinking you were a Chillax knitter - am I totally off base?

Anonymous said...

Nah, I think you're right. Gauge, I dont need no freakin' guage... See? I can't even spell gauge. Maybe I like to learn things too... Funny knitter system. Good job bird brain.

Teresa said...


Anonymous said...

I'm in the "Quick-Burn-and-Fade-Away" category too, all the way. LOL on the multiple needles to hold all the concurrent projects- we should have a "flash your needles" (kinda like flash your stash) day. I must have five or six of every size circular for that precise reason.

Teresa said...

That's why I dig my Denise Interchangeables. Hmmm, perhaps another set is in order!

quantumtea said...

I think I'd be an "eager to learn", never knit the same pattern twice, pick up spinning for the heck of it (and addict a friend too, oops).