Sidekick Saturday: Sara

Hello all! Welcome to my first guest post! Every time I have a guest post I am going to put them on a Saturday for SIDEKICK SATURDAY!! I doubt there will be one every week, but Sara has given me a two-parter. For the first segment… an introduction about her post Muddling Through Mittens – Fun with Two Colour Knitting.

Before I dive into the intricate nature of multicolour knitting, I’d like to start with a brief introduction *The word brief in this context is a red-herring… I’m almost never concise. I would consider myself to be a close friend of our fearless blogging & knitting leader, Michelle. Though through the years we’ve grown apart geographically speaking, we manage to keep in touch as best as two ladies can while simultaneously yarn-crafting, working and planning weddings (just one and a half months between the big days).

Michelle and Sara

Our friendship blossomed during our final year at University. My boyfriend (and now fiancé, soon to be hubby) and his housemates lived just two houses down from Michelle and her ladies. As Michelle and Paul‘s relationship developed, and as mine did with Piotr, the time Michelle and I spent together grew as well. With graduation from University, and specializing through college (for us ladies), it became more difficult to get together on a regular basis. Thus the need for pre-scheduled creative gatherings.

I have always been a very creative and crafty person (not to toot my own horn), and I’m always looking for new and exciting ways to express my creativity. Most of my creative outlet (before the takeover yarn has had in my life) was through drawing, painting, sculpting, photography and paper-crafting (usually cards). I worked at an artist’s supply store throughout University and before that I worked at my local library (delving into the spooky past of bookstacks and the dewey-decimal system).

Michelle and Sara 2

One day on a much needed “est-fest” (a happy term coined by this blog’s captain), Michelle was sitting on the couch surrounded by her feline companions and many much yarn. I was intrigued to say the least. That was the beginning of the end! Michelle first taught me how to crochet – I always liken the difference of knitting and crochet to skiing and snowboarding:

Knitting: two needles, yarn VS Crochet: one hook, one yarn. I feel it is much more simplistic.

For my beginner years, I was definitely looking for simplistic. After a trip to the craft store for supplies, I was well on my way to crocheting my first blanket… in single crochet. For anyone who is aware of crochet terms and stitches… crocheting a BLANKET out of single crochet is just.. a lesson in futility. This project has never been finished. Its still sitting the bowels of my knitting cave amongst many balls of yarn end-bits, destined to one day become a beautiful granny square crocheted blanket. This was however, a turning point – I googled, you-tubed and read countless online guides about crochet stitches, patterns, symbols, and the such like. I even found a wonderous blog (Lucy’s “Attic 24”) full of colour, patterns with step by step photos, even non-crochet/yarnly things like fun recipes and crafts. After many years of crocheting for pleasure – and even for very small profits (a market bag here, a matching slouchy beret and mitten set there…even a large purple polkadotted giraffe..don’t ask), I decided maybe Michelle was onto something with this mysterious hobby called “knitting.”

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Not that I had never knit before, but it was always something very small…very not useful…and always just one colour. My mum would often cast on a few stitches for me during Christmas Holidays in primary school… I’d get bored after a few rows and she’d cast off. I never really made it past that. But in these recent years of yarn-fun, I had crafted many decorative pillows, some gorgeous blankets (that my puppy might have eaten…maybe.. he did, I just can’t bear the thought). I always looked at Michelle’s amazing colour work sweaters, intricately stitched scarves (esp the criss-cross one! I believe is called Entrelac), and really fun socks… thinking “I wish I could make useful things like that.” Blankets and decorative pillows are very useful, but I needed to expand my horizons.