Are you a knitter or a crocheter, or are you a bit of both? If you are monogamous in your yarn-based crafting, is it because you do not enjoy the other craft or have you simply never given yourself the push to learn it? Is it because the items that you best enjoy crafting are more suited to the needles or the hook? Do you plan on ever trying to take up and fully learn the other craft? If you are equally comfortable knitting as you are crocheting, how do you balance both crafts? Do you always have projects of each on the go, or do you go through periods of favouring one over the other? How did you come to learn and love your craft(s)?
As someone who regularly adds to her craft arsenal balance is hard at times to come by. I started as a crocheter but is has been a long time since I have done a project that was even mostly crochet. I remember looking at a crochet flower book and having trouble translating the pattern, and reading the crochet charts its been so long. Part of that is that a lot of the garments and accessories I wanted to make at the time were knit, and now I find knitting much faster and easier to do than crochet.
Adding spinning to that list of things that I get up to with fiber and it’s more a jugging act than a balancing one. I have tried to do at least some spinning every night, just to improve my skills and I have joined a spinning group that meets on Monday nights at various points in the city though, I’m as likely to be there as I am to be in a spinning class at the gym.
Even without brining up all the other crafts I do the closest thing that I have to a working balance is that I tend to have knitting days, and times. i’m more likely to knit on the train and bus than anywhere else including at home. I usually spin at home at the end of a day while watching television. With crochet the project would simply be taking up the same space that knitting does now.
Adding spinning, beads, and writing means that I am always searching for a balance, and that the balance whatever it is, is not stagnant. In November I am more likely to be doing writing more than any thing else. Yet I may still produce an unnatural number of christmas presents because that is what I need/want to do. The most important part of balance for me is finding flexibility in it. I could never say for example it is May, you must only work in Polymer, I’d much rather have a couple of every kind of project and fit them into my life the best that I can. So far that seems to work more or less.