then this freaking afghan would be done. I have always believed that crochet is faster than knitting. Based on that assumption, when I woke up in late July and realized that I had forgotten that I had a going-away-to-college afghan to make, I went with crochet. Double crochet, in fact, using worsted weight yarn. I chose yarn in his favorite colors, black and red, plus a little grey to lighten it up. Colors and yarn choice, Vintage worsted from Berrocco, designed to work with spilled beer and pizza. I thought I’d at least be finished by Labor Day, in early September. Oh, how wrong I was.
October Still at least a foot left to go.
He is going to school in Michigan, where I’m sure it is already chilly.
I miscalculated rather seriously on this one. Fallacious reasoning explained below.
- A giant rectangle is not portable. One thing that helps my knitting projects move along is that they are generally portable. I can knit in meetings, hanging out with friends, or when I’m flying or traveling as a passenger. This huge, heavy, object was not portable in the least. Did I mention it is heavy? Much heavier than a blanket knitted with the same yarn would be, I think. Look at the nice blankets I made his sisters.
- In the past, the “super fast” crocheting I did was small squares. They seemed to fly by. I really think it was that I could take them along. I also worked them in finer yarn, so they were not as, um, heavy.
- In a long row-by-row project with dark colors, I knit much faster than I crochet, because I can do most of the knitting without looking all the time. I have to see where my crochet hook goes every time. This meant that I got about half as much done while watching the Olympics as I would have if I had been knitting. I could not crochet and watch Usain Bolt. I had to pause frequently.
- Crocheting this heavier weight yarn makes my right shoulder hurt in a weird spot. If it’s true that repeating a full range of motion is less likely to give one problems with repetitive stress injuries, I just can’t figure out how to do full range of motion crochet. Something would get hurt. Or broken.
- Project monogamy might have helped, but really, it was much too hard to be monogamous with a humongous heavy blanket during the sweltering summer, even while listening to Moby Dick, shipmates.
- It all boils down to poor planning. Or bringing out a book when I should have been making a blanket. I’ll do better with the next one, I have a few years yet.
So, those of you that knit and crochet, do you think crocheting is faster than knitting, or is it all about the circumstances?