There is something wonderful that happens when my daugh- ters and I sit down to knit or crochet. We settle into a rhythmic motion that makes everything seem
right with the world. It is my favorite
Knit vs. Crochet
I want to talk to you about the many benefits of knitting and crocheting. Before I
can do that, we should pause a moment
to talk about the “elephant” in this article.
That is, of course, the debate between knit
vs. crochet. People tend to favor one and
despise the other. Consequently, there can
be quite a lot of animosity between the
two. My younger daughter, Rachel, and I
are crocheters. My older daughter, Renee,
prefers knitting. Thankfully, I’ve been able
to foster a spirit of tolerance and love in
our home despite these differences.
Renee would tell you she prefers knitting because it is easier to learn, uses less
yarn, and is better for making garments.
She also likes the fact that it is more
traditional. Knitting has a rich history
dating back to Ancient Egypt. Did you
know that there was a campaign dur-
ing WWII for Americans to knit for the
war effort? Some of their more hard line
slogans were “Our Boys Need SOX; Knit
Your Bit” and, “Remember Pearl Harbor;
Purl Harder.” The November 24, 1941
cover of Life magazine encouraged wom-
en to learn to knit. First Lady Eleanor
Roosevelt promoted knitting for the war
effort and was often seen in public with
her knitting bag. But I digress.
Rachel and I, on the other hand, would
rather have the quicker gratification of a
finished project than an historical experience. Crochet is a relatively new technique. There is some controversy, but
most historians agree that crocheting
started sometime in the 19th century.
As for cost, you would be hard pressed
to find a less expensive hobby. Most
skeins of yarn are under $4.00. Knitting
needles or crochet hooks cost less than
$6.00. Then, all you need is a willingness
to learn and a project to make.
Actually, you don’t even need knitting
needles for the trendy new “finger knitting” and “arm knitting.” Finger knitting is
great for younger kids six years and older
as they are lacing the yarn on one hand.
This technique makes only one cylin-drical-shaped piece, but it is a very good
activity to keep little hands busy. With
arm knitting, your arms are used for the
knitting needles resulting in an extremely
chunky stitch. I have not tried this, however many say that you can make an infinity scarf in 30 minutes and an afghan in
one hour. Both of these styles are fun to do
and great for beginners, but you are limited on the variety of projects you can do.
The best way to learn, in my opinion, is
from a friend who is a good teacher. Ask
around to see if there is someone you
know who would like to teach you and
your children. Our church has a knitting/
crocheting ministry and welcomes people who want to learn. Check the churches in your area. You can also ask friends
and family if they have any scrap yarn for
Feature: Mother/Daughter Crafts
Creating for others
by Denise Drake
is such a joy!