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Partly for fun, and also to get to know more about them (you?!), followers of the CftC Facebook page were recently asked a question about the number of projects they were working on. Followers were invited to respond easily by using the Facebook 'like' emojis. This meant there were six different options to choose from - 'Just 1', '2 to 5', '6 to 10', '11-25', 'Over 25' and 'Too Many'.

Over 140 people took the time to respond and the results were interesting, if not totally unexpected.

I'm no statistician but have drawn the following conclusions from this little experiment: 
  • 103 people had between two and ten projects on the go - you really are a polywipamous lot!
  • Of those 103 people with up to ten projects, they didn't feel that was too many. 
  • Only 14 replied that they had "too many" (although we don't know the specific number). 
  • 13 people had more than eleven projects on the go - I wonder how they keep a track of them. If you are one of these people, please leave a comment and let me know!
  • 13 was also the number of respondents who are working on just the one project. Honestly, I didn't think it would be as high as that. (How do you manage it???) 
A few people also left comments. Fiona from Kelly's Krochet said:
[T]hey multiply you know, as soon as our backs are turned they hook up and make tiny little new WIPs.
While Beth had a great way of 'fudging' her reply:
A half finished granny square skirt half a knitted cat to and a completed one to sew up... well they are the ones in plain view.
So I'd like to extend the invitation to reply here (in the comments) if you missed the post. If you use Facebook there's a new question on the page this week too - you can find it here. I love how people are trying to get their friends to 'fess up and look forward to reading your replies! 

Question of the Week: Our survey said...

Partly for fun, and also to get to know more about them (you?!), followers of the CftC Facebook page were recently asked a question about the number of projects they were working on. Followers were invited to respond easily by using the Facebook 'like' emojis. This meant there were six different options to choose from - 'Just 1', '2 to 5', '6 to 10', '11-25', 'Over 25' and 'Too Many'.

Over 140 people took the time to respond and the results were interesting, if not totally unexpected.

I'm no statistician but have drawn the following conclusions from this little experiment: 
  • 103 people had between two and ten projects on the go - you really are a polywipamous lot!
  • Of those 103 people with up to ten projects, they didn't feel that was too many. 
  • Only 14 replied that they had "too many" (although we don't know the specific number). 
  • 13 people had more than eleven projects on the go - I wonder how they keep a track of them. If you are one of these people, please leave a comment and let me know!
  • 13 was also the number of respondents who are working on just the one project. Honestly, I didn't think it would be as high as that. (How do you manage it???) 
A few people also left comments. Fiona from Kelly's Krochet said:
[T]hey multiply you know, as soon as our backs are turned they hook up and make tiny little new WIPs.
While Beth had a great way of 'fudging' her reply:
A half finished granny square skirt half a knitted cat to and a completed one to sew up... well they are the ones in plain view.
So I'd like to extend the invitation to reply here (in the comments) if you missed the post. If you use Facebook there's a new question on the page this week too - you can find it here. I love how people are trying to get their friends to 'fess up and look forward to reading your replies! 
My week of knitting - a doodled info graphic for Crafts from the Cwtch blog
I should have worked on my Dragonfly Wings shawl in advance of tomorrow's update....  
I should have finished the socks that have been in my bag for several months, untouched...
I should have tidied the house following two trips away in as many weeks... 
...but I didn't manage any of these things.

So what have I been doing? Driving to Wales and back, spending time with family and friends, and constantly refereeing two children who are over the summer holidays and can't wait to get back to school in a(nother!) fortnight. At this precise moment I can't wait either... although I know I'll feel very different on the first day of term. 

When I've had the chance to do anything else I've been reading all about puppies*, knitting a few hexipuffs and starting a brand new project. I'll tell you all about that, and the yarn, on Friday when I'll also be offering the chance to win 200g of the same colourway. Until then, I suppose I'd better get back to my list of unfinished things.
WIPs & books - August 21st 2013
*We are going to see a potential pup at the weekend!!!!!!!

I'll be back tomorrow with a sorrowful knitalong update, but in the meantime, you can find more 'work in progress' posts here, here and here

My week of knitting

My week of knitting - a doodled info graphic for Crafts from the Cwtch blog
I should have worked on my Dragonfly Wings shawl in advance of tomorrow's update....  
I should have finished the socks that have been in my bag for several months, untouched...
I should have tidied the house following two trips away in as many weeks... 
...but I didn't manage any of these things.

So what have I been doing? Driving to Wales and back, spending time with family and friends, and constantly refereeing two children who are over the summer holidays and can't wait to get back to school in a(nother!) fortnight. At this precise moment I can't wait either... although I know I'll feel very different on the first day of term. 

When I've had the chance to do anything else I've been reading all about puppies*, knitting a few hexipuffs and starting a brand new project. I'll tell you all about that, and the yarn, on Friday when I'll also be offering the chance to win 200g of the same colourway. Until then, I suppose I'd better get back to my list of unfinished things.
WIPs & books - August 21st 2013
*We are going to see a potential pup at the weekend!!!!!!!

I'll be back tomorrow with a sorrowful knitalong update, but in the meantime, you can find more 'work in progress' posts here, here and here
After recently publishing an infographic about secret stashes, and another about my own knitting evolution, today's Knitting & Crochet Blog Week prompt did not seem entirely out of the ordinary. As is often the case with my doodles, inspiration for this came from my Mum who is a "regular knitter" and often looks at me like I'm completely mad. If you're visiting from KCBW, I'm sure you'll understand. 

KCBW day 3 - info graphic comparing a regular knitter with a knitting blogger.

If you're a regular Wednesday visitor looking for my WIPs and books update, you can find a summary of current projects on Monday's post. This coming Friday I'll be hosting the Crochet at Play book tour, and will have an interview with author and designer Kat Goldin, which I'm sure you won't want to miss. Next Wednesday I'll be reviewing The Great British Sewing Bee book and the Amy Herzog Class "Knit to Flatter" (which I'm half way through and absolutely loving) so stay tuned!

Do you know the difference? ( 4KCBWday3 )

After recently publishing an infographic about secret stashes, and another about my own knitting evolution, today's Knitting & Crochet Blog Week prompt did not seem entirely out of the ordinary. As is often the case with my doodles, inspiration for this came from my Mum who is a "regular knitter" and often looks at me like I'm completely mad. If you're visiting from KCBW, I'm sure you'll understand. 

KCBW day 3 - info graphic comparing a regular knitter with a knitting blogger.

If you're a regular Wednesday visitor looking for my WIPs and books update, you can find a summary of current projects on Monday's post. This coming Friday I'll be hosting the Crochet at Play book tour, and will have an interview with author and designer Kat Goldin, which I'm sure you won't want to miss. Next Wednesday I'll be reviewing The Great British Sewing Bee book and the Amy Herzog Class "Knit to Flatter" (which I'm half way through and absolutely loving) so stay tuned!

I've had various hobbies over the years (some might call them obsessions) and whether it has been knitting, baby wearing, or handbag shopping, there seems to be a common theme amongst the people I have met who share these interests. I think it's best summarised in this visual, where x = the thing you love

The overlap is the bit that "other people" (muggles) know about. For example, most people know that I knit - they see me knit - but they really have no idea of the extent of my hobby. Most won't know that I blog about it, read books and listen to podcasts about it and that I have a stash of yarns I mostly bought because they are pretty... and because one day I'll turn them into something. 

For knitting/crochet bloggers, I suspect it's possible to take this one step further:
*'Ravelry' can be swapped for any other hobby-specific forum.

Note: If your husband doesn't read your blog, then the last two can be reversed.

I don't think this is a female thing, especially if D's stash of movies, games and gadgets is anything to go by. Without a salary of my own, there is not much I can get past him so my personal expertise is perhaps in justifying the need for certain things and as he is an obsessive personality too, he seems to be fairly understanding.

How about you - can you relate to this? Are you a secret stasher? 

Are you a "Secret Stasher"?

I've had various hobbies over the years (some might call them obsessions) and whether it has been knitting, baby wearing, or handbag shopping, there seems to be a common theme amongst the people I have met who share these interests. I think it's best summarised in this visual, where x = the thing you love

The overlap is the bit that "other people" (muggles) know about. For example, most people know that I knit - they see me knit - but they really have no idea of the extent of my hobby. Most won't know that I blog about it, read books and listen to podcasts about it and that I have a stash of yarns I mostly bought because they are pretty... and because one day I'll turn them into something. 

For knitting/crochet bloggers, I suspect it's possible to take this one step further:
*'Ravelry' can be swapped for any other hobby-specific forum.

Note: If your husband doesn't read your blog, then the last two can be reversed.

I don't think this is a female thing, especially if D's stash of movies, games and gadgets is anything to go by. Without a salary of my own, there is not much I can get past him so my personal expertise is perhaps in justifying the need for certain things and as he is an obsessive personality too, he seems to be fairly understanding.

How about you - can you relate to this? Are you a secret stasher? 
It is said that what we see in others is a reflection of ourselves. Sitting in the Unravel lobby with a friend who, after learning to knit and crochet since her first visit to Unravel last year, was buying up half of the stock, I will admit to an inward chuckle. You see, if I'd had a more extensive budget I'd have done exactly that a year ago. It got me thinking about my own evolution over the last two years of knitting and blogging-about-knitting (it happens to be my 2nd blogiversary today) and wondering whether I am following a common evolutionary cycle for a knitter/blogger at an annual knitting festival. Let me explain...
Evolution of a knitting-blogger (at Unravel)

My first visit (2011) -  OVERWHELM
Experience: knitting for approx. one month and hadn't started blogging yet
Internal dialogue: WOW! So many pretty yarns. What's the difference? What would I use them for? What could I make with them? How much would I need? Aaaaarghhhh - I don't know where to start. I must learn to crochet. What's the difference between 4ply and sock...? 
Purchases: a few skeins and some buttons (not even pictured on my (FIRST) blog post!) 

Second visit (2012) - SHOPPING & SAYING HELLO
Experience: knitting and blogging for 1 year  and 6 months of crochet 
Internal dialogue: I need one of those, and one of those and one of those, oh and some yarn for my queued patterns and this, and this... and then I can meet up with some bloggy friends.
Purchases: several skeins of yarn (some of which are still "stashed", more buttons and various other miscellany (blogged here)

Third visit (2013) - MEETING UP WITH FRIENDS... & SOME YARN
Experience: knitting and blogging for 2 years and 18 months of crochet
Internal dialogue: I just love meeting up with my friends - and I can't believe I've known some of them for 2 years but we only just met! Oh, nice yarn... but I already have some like that in my stash, hmm this one is pretty - I'll see if there is anything else I'd prefer after we've had a coffee and a chat. Oh look, there's an Instagrammer I recognise - squee!
Purchases: a few skeins and a few notions which I suppose you will want to see*

It wasn't really about the yarn this year at all, although there was plenty of that. I had a great time time meeting up with friends old and new and enjoying the atmosphere. Here are a few of my pictures - you can find more on Facebook and Instagram
Unravel 2013
1 & 3 - Yarn-bombing around Farnham Maltings. 2 - Tink, Danielle, Nat, Gilly and me
4 - Ruth of Rock + Purl. 5 - sheep! 6 - Suzie Jonhson of the Wool Sanctuary
7 - Juno Fibre Arts - possibly the smooshiest stall of all.
8 - Danielle and Ashley of A Stash Addict Yarn9 - Chiaogoo Twists at Tall Yarns 'n Tales

The festival seemed bigger than last year - I'm sure there were more exhibitors  which was great except that we didn't get to see the Best in Show exhibition (this had apparently been relocated across the courtyard to another building). It also seemed that there was less in the way of yarny decoration which was a shame as that's usually a highlight for me, but in honesty I was so busy chatting that I may have just missed it. I feel very lucky that this event is only an hour away from home, but it would be worth a longer trip. I'm thinking Unravel 2014 may involve staying over and making a weekend of it (with some of the further-afield friends perhaps?) and probably going to some classes/talks. That seems like the next logical step in my evolution. 

What do you think? Can you relate to this or does your own evolution look completely different?
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*The purchases: 
Unravel 2013
Top to bottom/ L to R: A Stash Addict Red Sparkle 4 ply Merino/Silk 
A Stash Addict Dark Arts Ice Queen - Superwash BFL/Nylon
Clover darning needles, mini gauge and Herdy sheep charm
Hello Kitty wooden buttons (from A Stash Addict) 
Not visible: Levante by Rock & Purl and Unravel tote bag 

Evolution (the 'Unravel 2013' post)

It is said that what we see in others is a reflection of ourselves. Sitting in the Unravel lobby with a friend who, after learning to knit and crochet since her first visit to Unravel last year, was buying up half of the stock, I will admit to an inward chuckle. You see, if I'd had a more extensive budget I'd have done exactly that a year ago. It got me thinking about my own evolution over the last two years of knitting and blogging-about-knitting (it happens to be my 2nd blogiversary today) and wondering whether I am following a common evolutionary cycle for a knitter/blogger at an annual knitting festival. Let me explain...
Evolution of a knitting-blogger (at Unravel)

My first visit (2011) -  OVERWHELM
Experience: knitting for approx. one month and hadn't started blogging yet
Internal dialogue: WOW! So many pretty yarns. What's the difference? What would I use them for? What could I make with them? How much would I need? Aaaaarghhhh - I don't know where to start. I must learn to crochet. What's the difference between 4ply and sock...? 
Purchases: a few skeins and some buttons (not even pictured on my (FIRST) blog post!) 

Second visit (2012) - SHOPPING & SAYING HELLO
Experience: knitting and blogging for 1 year  and 6 months of crochet 
Internal dialogue: I need one of those, and one of those and one of those, oh and some yarn for my queued patterns and this, and this... and then I can meet up with some bloggy friends.
Purchases: several skeins of yarn (some of which are still "stashed", more buttons and various other miscellany (blogged here)

Third visit (2013) - MEETING UP WITH FRIENDS... & SOME YARN
Experience: knitting and blogging for 2 years and 18 months of crochet
Internal dialogue: I just love meeting up with my friends - and I can't believe I've known some of them for 2 years but we only just met! Oh, nice yarn... but I already have some like that in my stash, hmm this one is pretty - I'll see if there is anything else I'd prefer after we've had a coffee and a chat. Oh look, there's an Instagrammer I recognise - squee!
Purchases: a few skeins and a few notions which I suppose you will want to see*

It wasn't really about the yarn this year at all, although there was plenty of that. I had a great time time meeting up with friends old and new and enjoying the atmosphere. Here are a few of my pictures - you can find more on Facebook and Instagram
Unravel 2013
1 & 3 - Yarn-bombing around Farnham Maltings. 2 - Tink, Danielle, Nat, Gilly and me
4 - Ruth of Rock + Purl. 5 - sheep! 6 - Suzie Jonhson of the Wool Sanctuary
7 - Juno Fibre Arts - possibly the smooshiest stall of all.
8 - Danielle and Ashley of A Stash Addict Yarn9 - Chiaogoo Twists at Tall Yarns 'n Tales

The festival seemed bigger than last year - I'm sure there were more exhibitors  which was great except that we didn't get to see the Best in Show exhibition (this had apparently been relocated across the courtyard to another building). It also seemed that there was less in the way of yarny decoration which was a shame as that's usually a highlight for me, but in honesty I was so busy chatting that I may have just missed it. I feel very lucky that this event is only an hour away from home, but it would be worth a longer trip. I'm thinking Unravel 2014 may involve staying over and making a weekend of it (with some of the further-afield friends perhaps?) and probably going to some classes/talks. That seems like the next logical step in my evolution. 

What do you think? Can you relate to this or does your own evolution look completely different?
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*The purchases: 
Unravel 2013
Top to bottom/ L to R: A Stash Addict Red Sparkle 4 ply Merino/Silk 
A Stash Addict Dark Arts Ice Queen - Superwash BFL/Nylon
Clover darning needles, mini gauge and Herdy sheep charm
Hello Kitty wooden buttons (from A Stash Addict) 
Not visible: Levante by Rock & Purl and Unravel tote bag 

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