You see, suddenly there are a whole LOT of patterns out there calling my name - ones that I hadn't ever really considered tackling. Even though I learned to knit about the same time I learned to crochet (i.e., a heck of a long time ago!), I've always gravitated towards crochet. Aside from a baby layette set for a friend many years ago, and a few hats now and then since, I haven't done much knitting. But last week I accepted a commision for 10 knitted hats - mostly because they are paying well and I'm all about earning money for our Europe trip this fall.
Once I accepted the job, I queued up some you-tube videos to remind myself how to knit and made a 'practice' hat. Since then I've made 4 and I'm enjoying it more than I thought I would. Why have I always said I don't enjoy knitting?? (I REALLY want to grab some sock yarn and see if I can make a hexi-puff from the beekeeper's quilt pattern next.)
One thing I'm wondering though - how do knitters keep so many different projects going at once? It's easy to go from one thing to another when crocheting - you can just put a stitch marker in the working loop and everything will stay put until you return. The crochet hook doesn't haven't to stay with it. Attach a little note with what size hook you were using and you can go merrily on your way.
But knitting is different. You've got a whole LOT of loops and they are ALL on the needles until you're done. Surely more prolific knitters don't slide all those loops off onto some kind of holder when you need the needles for another project? (The thought of doing that is making me panic just a bit...) Do knitters buy knitting needles in multiples so that you can have a pair with every WIP? Or do knitters not suffer from "ADD" as much as crocheters?
Of course, this could be a 'pro' benefit of knitting - it would force me to finish a project before moving on to the next one, right? Since I don't have to leave my crochet hook with the project, I can have 15 things going at once, all using the same hook. (Ahem. Not that I DO have 15 projects going at once. Ahem.)