Hehe, it only took me three days to catch up with all the lovely bloggy posts I was missing while I was away. It’s not the same when you open your RSS reader and there are tons of posts – in those cases I usually rush through them, even if I don’t want to do that, it just happens somehow. However, several posts still caught my eye, and especially one which I wanted to share with you.

Lazy, a blogger whose posts always make me think about knitting from a different perspective, has categorized her levels of appeal to knitting patterns. While my categorization (if it existed) would not be exactly the same, a lot of what she talks about resonates with my behaviour, which I have observed for the last two years or so. Take for example the difference between fave-worthy and queue-worthy patterns, she is completely spot on there!

I won’t reveal too much here because I really think it’s worth the clicking and the few minutes that it’s going to take you to read it, but I will take up the challenge and show you a pattern I would place in each of the categories…

  • Look-worthy: Sylvi (man oh man is it amazing, but oh my, no way is it going to happen)
  • Fave-worthy: Little Birds (love it, but really can’t swing it to either side of the definitelymakingit <–> itllsittherelookingatmeforever continuum)
  • Queue-worthy: The Cayuga Set (queued it as soon as I discovered it via Saz’s lovely version, and it’s definitely getting made)
  • Start-worthy: Scroll Lace Scarf (Lazy says that being start-worthy is “a combination of mood, stash, barometric pressure and hormone levels” and I know exactly what she means. That was definitely the case for Scroll!)

How about you? Do you recognize yourself in this kind of behaviour? Which patterns are in your I-love-looking-at-it-every-so-often-but-let’s-be-honest-I’m-never-going-to-make-it category?

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About fridica

I started knitting completely by accident, when I was visiting my parents for a holiday in 2008. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I decided to dig through their stash of books to see if there was anything interesting to take back to my apartment. A knitting manual happened to be one of the books I found. I got curious, my mom immediately dug out her old needles and yarn stash (which she hadn’t used in a decade at least), and in a few minutes we were both casting on - she by memory, I by following the instructions from the book… :) Since I normally prefer learning from books, this was ideal.. I took the book home with me, and very very soon - I was an addict.

10 thoughts on “categories

  1. I’ve just made the Scroll Lace Scarf and it was a fun project. However, check for errata before you begin. My copy of WLK2 had an error in the last line of the lace chart.

  2. Sylvi is definitely a beauty to look at, but I don’t think I’m ever going to make it. Well, unless some dear person asks me for that, then maybe. But not for me.

  3. Sylvi. OMG how beautiful. I agree it is in the “look-worthy” catagory and as much as I love it, I will not have the patience (or bankroll) to do so.

    I haven’t consciously catagorized my knitting but I know I do

    • Oh yes, I didn’t even mention the bankroll issue! Especially with patterns like this, which it would be a pity to make in some cheap yarn… I saw once an engagement photoshoot where the girl was wearing Sylvi she had made for the occasion – it was really sweet, but I’m not sure even an impending marriage would give me the persistence of these proportions! :)

      • I went back and looked at the pattern for Sylvi. The yarn is a bulky weight and knits 12 stitches and 16 rows for a 4 inch swatch on size 10 US (6mm) needles. The 12 balls of yarn are under $6.00 each so the coat would only be $67.80. Seems like it might be a quicker knit and much less expensive than I originally thought.

  4. I think I’ve always subconsciously had these categories. I don’t do a lot of fave-ing or queue-ing of patterns because I know that a lot of things won’t last as faves or in the queue. But there are a lot of patterns I admire – but due to one thing or another it doesn’t matter if I add it to my faves or my queue… (and the queue has a ton of requirements to be added to it, like: do I *really* believe I’d actually knit this and later wear it?)

  5. I’ve also been categorizing patterns in a similar fashion. Perhaps not so explicitily, however. One category I miss on Ravelry, though, is a kind of a temporary set, of patterns and/or projects that you want to look at before/while you do a project but don’t need in your faves after that or a shortlist of different patterns from which you are choosing your next project.

  6. Soooo with you on Sylvi. I totally appreciate the knitting that goes into it, but I’m not willing to actually do it myself. You post kind of made me realize that I have another category: Basketworthy-patterns I’ll put in my basket and eventually buy (but maybe never make :-/ )

  7. Fantastic post! I too would love a Sylvi but even the most basic of yarns makes it an expensive project. And yes, hormones play a huge part in what I cast on in the spur of the moment!

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