3KCBWDAY6 – Improving Your Skillset

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I’m an advanced crocheter, but there’s always more to learn – and more people to learn it from.  As a crochet teacher, I consider it part of my own continued development to learn from other teachers.  Since last July, as part of the Year of Projects hosted by the Come Blog-a-long group on Ravelry, I’ve also been crocheting my way through the book Crochet Master Class: Lessons and Projects from Today’s Top Crocheters in an effort to improve my skills and share my love of crochet.  (You can read my original inspiration for doing this here and find my posts on the topic here.)

The one crochet method which I’m still apprehensive about is Hairpin Lace.  In all honesty, I have no real reason to fear hairpin lace.  But there seems to be a cloud of doom hanging over me whenever I try to learn it, which only increases its mystique.  On two separate occasions, I’ve attempted to take hairpin lace classes.  For the first class, held at the library, the teacher went off on a tangent about other lacemaking techniques and only taught broomstick lace and Tunisian lace, which I already know how to do.  The second class, with hairpin lace diva Jennifer Hansen, was supposed to be at Vogue Knitting Live but was cancelled :(.  I will definitely tackle my fears of hairpin lace before the end of this cycle of YOP in June, though.

As for my knitting, well, that’s another story.  Although I have a good command of the basics and even teach beginner knitting, there are many gaps in my knitting skills.  I don’t feel as motivated to expand these skills, though, since I don’t find knitting as pleasurable as crocheting.  I’m also the world’s slowest knitter, so it would take me too many lifetimes to tackle all the major knitting skills in depth.

I would like to knit a pair of socks at some point, if only because I don’t understand why everyone is so fascinated with knitting socks.  Surely, there must be some exciting thing that happens when you make them??  I have two books in my collection that have inspired even me to consider knitting socks, which are Socks a La Carte: Pick And Choose Patterns To Knit Socks Your Way and Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks: Yet Another Revolution in Knitting Two at Once on One Circular Needle!  I won’t set a deadline, though.  (World’s slowest knitter, remember?)

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