Wednesday, December 17, 2008

almost blue

knit oneas it happened
One of my favorite bloggers in the whole world (who wishes to remain strictly anonymous) sent me this beautifully soft, beautifully blue scarf that she knitted (crocheted?)*

She also sent me something else that for purely superstitious reasons I admired for about ten seconds, then hid in the back of a closet. I don't know how I'm possibly going to be able to thank her enough.


*Several people have tried to explain the difference by saying that they involve different numbers or shapes or sizes of needles. Or something.

20 comments:

Patti said...

Among other things, knitting uses two needles, crocheting uses one.

That looks as if it were crocheted and beautifully done, at that!

Gorgeous.

Wear it in good health!

Elspeth said...

*smile* Oh, Niobe. I have so many things hidden in the backs of closets ... I wish I could bring mine out into the sunshine. And you, I'm hoping that for you too ...

This moment, this breath, is all we ever have. Wear the scarf, and breathe.

~ El

niobe said...

But, Patti, given that I didn't see the number of needles used, is there a way to tell from the finished product?

Cara said...

So gorgeous and the way you took the picture enhances the beauty!

I have no answers in the knitting / crocheting debate...but I do want to say thanks for the cologne! Got it yesterday and mmmmm - smells lovely.

diana said...

It's different techniques, anyway, and this one gorgeous scarf is knitted, and how can one stand beside this beauty?

Tash said...

Maybe this is what they meant by "Blue Christmas?" One could hope.

Furrow said...

I can't explain it to someone else, but I know it when I see it (usually), and this scarf is crocheted.

I'll bet it looks lovely on you.

niobe said...

Tash: Funny, that was the alternative title for this post. But, in the end, I decided to work in the Elvis Costello reference.

Magpie said...

Like Furrow and Potter Stewart said, I know it when I see it. It's crochet. And it's lovely.

Catherine said...

Looks crocheted to me. Though I'd love to see it ON you.

Mrs. Square said...

Crochet is my guess but I suppose a similiar look could be achieved with a knitted lace pattern and a larger needle size?
Either way, I love the yarn, it looks delicious!

Aurelia said...

It's lovely. Aren't gifts in the mail nice?

Rachel said...

That's crochet.

And as noted above, crochet = one hook and knitting = two needles.

The scarf is lovely either way.

Julia said...

So pretty!
The Cub has two blankets from bloggers and one from my sister. All gorgeous, and all extra meaningful. Hoping the other thing's days in the closet are numbered.

flutter said...

crochet, and gorgeous :)

Amelie said...

Beautiful. And done with one needle.

Azaera said...

It's crochet, you don't need to see the number of needles I can tell just by looking at the pattern, trust me I spend all day crocheting. And by the way it's not done with a needle at all, it is done with a Hook. Crochet is actually the french word for hook. When I was growing up and people would ask if I was knitting I would say "No, I'm hooking". Made for lots of raised eyebrows..

Andrea said...

it is gorgeous, and it's crochet. YOu can tell, among other things, from the lovely ring patterns in the first photo--the way all the loops hook onto one ring? That's a classic crochet look.

niobe said...

Azaera: (snickering uncontrollably at your comment) And I suppose that when people asked you what your hobbies were you giave them the same answer?

Andrea: Thanks. I think that's the clearest explanation I've heard.

Jody said...

Another way to determine crochet from knitting is to see how the stitches are oriented. Like Andrea said, crochet tends to involve lots of stitches built into each other in clusters or loops. But crochet also tends to look as if you're seeing the stitches on their sides, while knitting stitches lie "on the front" of the garment.

I learned crochet first, and I think it's the easier craft to master at the beginning. It makes nicer blankets and scarves, too, because there are more crochet patterns without a "right" or "wrong" side.

That's a great scarf!