I dunno what it is, but I seem to be full of ideas… or full of stuff I wanna learn how to do.
Something like that, I dunno which it is.
My most current “thing” of the moment is mandalas. I haven’t even started, but it’s certainly hanging onto the back of my mind and not going away.
As we all know, I suck at most artistic endeavours. I just haven’t got the knack for the arts, let alone drawing or even crafting. The fact that I’ve learned how to crochet (admittedly, still very basically) blows me away. I must admit, I am proud of my crochet, what little of it I do manage to accomplish. I just wish I could stick with it and have it as an activity I do on a regular basis and not just have it come and go in spurts.
I don’t know why I’ve suddenly got this itch to explore all sorts of new artsy things, like mandalas, but it’s kind of driving me a little bit bonkers. I just wanna put my hand into this experiment, or that craft or that other thing over there.
So, me wanting to learn how to draw mandalas makes it how many different things now? “Journaling”, Sourdough bread making (Doughboy’s looking mighty impressive, I might add), Knooking, mandalas… Though I suppose the mandalas could fall under journaling.
Writing, I’ve found, is definitely not my cup of tea. I just can’t get into the process and that poor LJ I started specifically for it, is definitely not gonna happen — I suppose I could use it for my new artsyness, but I’m quite content just mashing it all onto this blog like I do everything else.
I just realized that I haven’t even written anything about the whole knooking thing! I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned it until now — probably because I had been writing about it in FB and emailing girlfriends about it. Over the weekend, I was flitting around looking at stuff and I came across the term “knooking” in one of the blogs I read. Turns out, there is a technique (originally from Japan) where you can knit with a crochet hook. I am so unbelievably thrilled at the prospect of being able to finally do some sort of knitting. I’ve been really disappointed over the last few years that because of SALLY, I haven’t been able to hold knitting needles and even yarn — everything’s too small and requires way more finesse than my hands are capable of.
The term knooking is from: knit + hook = knook. I spent all of Saturday night scouring the intarwebz for information on this technique and came up with not a lot. I’ve found only a couple of blogs dedicated to knooking, so there really isn’t a lot out there right now. The first one is Knooking and the second one is I’d Rather be Knooking. Most of the discussions I did find about knooking are on Ravelry, but for the most part it’s still in its infancy in terms of the number of people learning how to do it — as in starting 2010.
The neat thing about knooking, from what I’ve gathered, is that knitting patterns can more or less be used in knooking. It doesn’t translate exactly, but apparently it comes close. Stitches are slightly different in their execution (obviously) but their appearance is almost identical to knitting.
The biggest thing with knooking right now is finding the right hook. Easily found in Japan & Korea, not so much in North America. It looks exactly like a regular crochet hook, with the exception that the end has a hole in it, similar to that of an eye of a needle. Right now, the most commonly used tool is called a Locker Hook and can be found in most big box craft stores. I was thrilled that the Michaels close to us carried it. I am so easily obsessed by new projects that I’ve actually gone and found a place in Korea that sells multiple sizes and hoping that my friend living there can help me get a set.
So that’s what my brain is up to as of late — lots of ideas, but very little to show at the moment.