Ah spring. There you are all green and springy, making things start to grow and inspiring me to start All. The. Projects.
This week I realised just why I like knitting so much. Sure, it takes a relatively long time to get from a ball of string yarn to a finished sweater - but:
1. it's pretty portable. You can do it on the bus, on the sofa, in bed and standing up (and in most other places and positions, although please don't knit whilst driving or operating heavy machinery obvs).
2. it's also highly pick up and put downable: you can do it for a few hours or a few minutes at a time. Just pick up the needles and knit a row, or two.
3. Knitting is quiet - you can do it on your own, or in company.
4. knitting is easy. If you go wrong, you can tink back (or frog) and put it right.
Sewing on the other hand. Well, it's not quite the same. I want to sew, and to make all of the things, and I have lots of fabric. But:
1. Sewing requires quite a lot of preparation - getting the machine, scissors, rotary cutter, cutting mat, thread and fabric all together.
2. Sewing has lots of stages: pattern tracing, cutting the fabric, making a toile, adjusting the toile, adjusting the pattern, cutting out the real fabric, sewing it up, adjusting it, finishing it off.
3. Sewing often involves multiple gadgets (sewing machine, overlocker, iron, ironing board, tailors ham, tailors dummy)
4. Sometimes sewing requires all of those gadgets at almost the same time.
5. Using the sewing machine and/or overlocker is not compatible with watching TV.
6. Cutting fabric is final - although mistakes in stitching can usually be retrieved.
Note to self: if you want to finish that quilt you actually have to do some sewing. Just thinking about it does not appear to be having any actual effect on the number of blocks which have been trimmed to size and stitched together.
Pass my knitting bag.