Ironically, I knit today. While waiting at the doctor's, and at a Microsoft developer event. Not because I was in the mood to knit, but because I'd rather be knitting than sitting there doing nothing. (And also to keep myself awake at the MS thing, but that didn't work the whole time....)

When I first saw this meme on Grumperina's blog, I was intimidated. I didn't think I could come up with 10 knitterly things about me. As I saw more lists pop up, I started to think I could do it. In the end, I had trouble keeping to just 10.

  1. I keep a spreadsheet to track my knitting projects and budget. I can get obsessive when it comes to my budget. When there's a good chunk of money in my budget, I feel like I have money burning in my pocket. When I have no money in my budget, I have little to no interest in going into a yarn shop.
  2. Currently I'm trying to keep my project list between 18 and 24 (yes, I have Knitters ADD and Startitis). Like Carole, I get a thrill when I can mark something as "Finished", but for me, it's because it means I can start another project!
  3. I learned to knit when I was 8, at school as part of an 8 week program, from a nice neighborhood lady. She taught us German or Continental Knitting. I really wanted to take cake decorating or typing and was really disappointed when I got my third choice.
  4. When I was 11 or 12 I went to Japan for 3 months. While I was there, my Aunt taught me the basics of machine knitting, including using the knitradar for shaping. I left with a manual bulky gauge Brother knitting machine and knit radar. When I got home, I tried to knit a scarf and a vest, but not understanding how gauge and fit worked, I soon gave up and left the machine in its box.
  5. My first handknit sweater was finished in high school. Technically it was a mess, between gauge, fit and needle size. I still wore it and loved it and the shape was very forgiving (it helped that it was the '80's).
  6. I didn't really learn about gauge until a few years ago and after many failed sweaters. I often knit gauge swatches, but usually very small ones, and the words "close enough" were often uttered. My knitting has improved greatly since I learned the importance of gauge. But I still occasionally screw it up.
  7. I really love to knit scarves. The simplicity, not needing to get gauge, the challenge of showcasing a particular yarn or stitch pattern, and the promise of a good fit, are all appealing to me.
  8. I don't like to think too hard when it comes to knitting. I like to knit. I like to make things. When I get stymied making calculations for sleeve caps because I'm substituting yarns, I'm very likely to stop knitting. When I get to the underarms and have to decide when to start the armholes, the sweater back may sit a while.
  9. When I'm driving and lost, I'd rather find an alternate route rather than backtrack, because I don't want to "waste time" going over the exact same road again. (This was how I got to know an area when I moved, and the reason I often wound up somewhere and said, "I've been here before!" without knowing when or how.) Similarly, with knitting, I hate negative progress. I hate having to frog and re-do what I've already done. When I have to rework a large section, I feel deflated. I am much better at backtracking on the driving front, so-so on the knitting front. It's hard. And still deflating.
  10. Several of the above seem to be examples or aspects of me being a lazy knitter: Small gauge swatches. Not wanting to re-work sections. Now wanting to think. The plus side of being a lazy knitter is learning how to fix mistakes so that I don't have to tink or frog back as much. I feel my knitting machine and crocheting experience come in handy in this area. I am not, however, a lazy spinner. Yet.

So, were these new to you?