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Friday, June 3, 2011

Superhero Girl 62



Yeah, and that was pretty much my experience with knitting. I picked it up for about a year, because I really wanted an artsy hobby that wasn't drawing. When drawing changes from being The Thing You Do For Fun to Your Job your relationship with it really changes. Basically, sitting and drawing, which I used to do to relax, became work and I didn't want to do it in the evenings and weekends, 'cause, y'know, I'd spent 60 hours during the work week drawing. So I took up knitting. I made a hat. It took me eight months to make the hat, and I never made anything else. Knitting proved to be too much work. I wanted to do something light and easy, but like any skill, knitting needed to be studied and practiced in order to be good at it. And I didn't want to do the work.

Maybe I'll take up tennis...

15 comments:

  1. Photography - anyone can do it and you can have fun torturing others with picture shows, if you are no good (Mwuahahaha), or use it to inform your art - stock photos are always useful.

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  2. What else might she consider...

    Adventures In Learning Guitar!
    Day Of DIY!
    Power Of The Vegetable Plot!
    A Bridge Game Too Far!

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  3. Paladin RevenantJune 3, 2011 at 6:12 AM

    carpentry, sculpture, sewing clothes and crafts, video games, internet trolling, reading, writing, dance

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  4. Does she have a picture of herself on the wall?

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  5. Funny, it looks like she was doing the knitting right and it looks like she was pretty fast knitter too!

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  6. Every knitted garment I make takes me three tries before I get it right. I think I rip more than I knit. Yet, the finished product is always worth the effort. Superhero Girl could get so obsessed with it that it interferes with her real job, beating up bad guys. Hell knows it interferes with mine, which isn’t nearly so demanding.

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  7. Spinning yarn is A LOT more therapeutic than knitting, I have to say. I'm a reasonably advanced knitter. Cable, lace, can improve hat patterns if necessary, have made gloves on size 1 needles, so not an expert by any means, but I'd like to think I know what I'm doing. However, I have no patience for long, time-consuming projects. Every time I manage to make a hat, I swear off knitting for a good 6 months. I've found the best way to enjoy knitting is short project that involve a variety of stitches. Things like stuffed animals. Or overly decorative cabled tea cosies or the like. Sure, they may be completely totally useless, but its a break from the tedium of k1p1 or the like. Can't for the life of me figure out how to crochet though. I can knit you an octopus, but I can't chain stitches to save my life.

    That said, SG should take up bird watching or something. She could meet some interesting people hiding in the bushes.

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  8. Recommendations for both Faith and SG:

    - Origami: With a little attention to detail, the basics are easy to master, and the simpler models are both fun to make and batsh!t-crazy-inducing on those who share your living space.

    - Working with clay: Very therapeutic, especially if you can get your hands on a potter's wheel, but sculpture is almost as nifty; and if you haven't access to a kiln, Sculpey and similar products are slightly less messy.

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  9. I second the clay idea! Also, I find crocheting to be SO MUCH easier than knitting. I had to take a class in college and we had to knit, use the loom, and crochet. I enjoyed the crocheting the most, it's a pretty fast process.

    Hmmmm. How about she takes up...yeah...I got nothing.

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  10. try crochet, i do it and its mutch easier and less complicated.

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  11. @theengineer: I assumed that was a picture of a family member, most likely Superhero Mom. It's well-established that everyone in a superhero family has to have super-powers. ;)

    @Helen: Maybe SHG has super-knitting-speed powers?

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  12. Knitting is SO much fun! There are lots of videos on Youtube and on Knittinghelp.com that might help you. I've never been able to learn from a book, but videos are fabulous.

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  13. That was so weird, I was looking at Superhero Girl trying to knit while I was knitting. Odd.
    By the way, I find videos more useful than books when it comes to learn how to knit.

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  14. Wait. Is she trying to do Continental? That's more complicated than English, English is better for amateurs

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  15. I recently took crochetting for the same reasons. And I realize I'm 4 years late but hey, I'm a new reader. And I'm loving this! Just started today and look where I'm at already.

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