Graph of crafty interest

I was thinking about different crafts the other day, as one does every day, of course. Specifically, I was trying to rationalize my incredible fickleness when it comes to quilting. I claim to have taken quilting by the horns one day, and then barely muster enough enthusiasm to crank out one measly block during the following two months!

I think it comes down to being a knitter. Knitting is my thing and it reliably and invariably trumps all other crafts, time and time again. When I’m happy, I knit. When I’m sad, I knit. When I’m tired, I knit. When I’m hot, cold, hungry… when I’m anything, I knit. When in doubt, I knit. Other crafts have their appeal and pique my interest regularly. But then they fade away, and my true craft comes back to dominate. So I knit.

Here, allow me to illustrate:

What would your graph of crafty interest look like?

Despite all the knitting, I’ve somehow convinced myself to do just a tiny bit of quilting since we last discussed this topic more than two months ago.





The tutorials I used for making these:

  • Let’s improvise, which was a ton of fun!
  • Paper piecing using this pattern. I found this to be a bit fussy for my taste. I can’t imagine making an entire quilt top using paper piecing.
  • Paintbox quilt blocks. While these were fun, I didn’t like cutting up all the fabric ahead of time. I like cutting as I go along, so I can fudge when the previous step leaving the work too small or too large ;).

44 thoughts on “Graph of crafty interest

  1. Maryse

    My graph would be made of one single line (for knitting of course!) and would pretty much be in the green part 😉 If only time would allow me to knit more. I just LOVE it! Great quilts!

  2. Kristy

    I hear you! My quilting interest waxes and wanes, but I usually get excited about it when I *have* to do it for my bee. My sewing interest is usually high in the summer and low in the winter, but I think I might be able to keep it up over the cold months this time around. And my knitting interest is always high, all the time 🙂

  3. Brenda

    Quilting would be below the chart in the negative interest category for me. Knitting is usually in the green, except in the summer when I lose most of my interest in knitting. Spinning is up there too, but waxes and wanes more than knitting. I have had some flings with other crafts in the past: basket making, stained glass, beading, etc. I have zero interest in all of those at this time; it’s all about yarn now!

  4. Kimi

    My graph would be all over the place…Just last month, I went through a sewing phase. I’m not at all monogamous, though. Even while I was sewing, I was thinking about knitting.

  5. Judy

    Fun idea! Maybe if you like to cut as you go, you’d enjoy crazy quilting? I seem to gravitate toward knitting but do other stuff as well. No spinning (have a wheel though thanks to DH’s mom) but cross stitch and embroidery….and lots of UFOs of all types.

  6. Krista

    Mine would pretty much the same aside from I don’t know how to spin and with crochet..I still have yet to learn it and everytime I try it’s a flop. The quilting however is more so an every couple years thing for me. I started out quilting then I was taught knitting…My new favorite past time.

  7. Jane

    I am exactly the same way. I have vague, lofty goals for my quilting and spinning, but knitting is something I’ve always got at least three things on the go for.

  8. ami

    I’m finally coming to terms with the fact that I’m a Spinner- I used to be a Knitter, but since spinning came into my life I’m much less of a knitter. I’ve found it all comes down to what I can do where. I still keep a sock in my purse, but now I take my wheel to knit nights.

  9. Virginia

    My sewing line has suddenly spiked recently. Crochet, though I did it for most of my life is down in the “NO WAY” area…

    Spinning is but a distant dream. Just don’t have the room for it. Sigh.

  10. quinn

    I used to quilt years ago, by hand. (I’m feeling much better now, thank you.) Knitting is now my go-to sport, but in the back of my mind I think one day I may try quilting again just to see the difference in how much square footage I can produce in a day. Possibly after knitting a massive project (= bigger than a sock) in a complicated pattern on tiny needles.

    But I don’t think I’ll be quilting by hand next time!

  11. Nancy from Mass

    hmmm. I used to be all about quilting (and cross stitching and crocheting). Then I taught myself how to knit 1 1/2 years ago and now I am totally and fully addicted. I have a quilt to finish for my nephews graduation next May and I have to force myself to sit at my machine. I think I lost my ability to find new quilt patterns to make that are different. Knitting on the other hand, there’s loads of things I haven’t even dreamed of making!

  12. Samina

    Too funny. I’m trying to get back into sewing, but it’s such a struggle to find the time to do it. That’s the appeal of knitting for me – I can do it anywhere & without having to pull out big equipment & block out a minimum amount of time to do it.

  13. Adrienne

    I am pretty much with you! Knitting, always. I knit almost every single day, even if it’s just a tiny bit, even if I’m deathly ill with the flu.

    I’d move sewing/quilting up the chart… I cannot sew or quilt on a schedule, but I do like it. I also like crochet but it’s something I dabble in and don’t really do large projects… Spinning has currently fallen off the bottom, not b/c I’m not interested, but b/c I don’t have time!

  14. Seanna Lea

    Your graph makes sense to me. Not for all crafts but for many there is also more of a start up time needed. I cannot sew easily, because I have to find a spot for my machine and then find room to cut fabric. For my beading, I need a flat surface ideally without my pets around (need I say that the cat was more shocked than I when the beads fell everywhere with a clatter!). Weaving takes up a lot of time and space for the initial warping. Only knitting is super easy for me to pick up and go. The only others that are close for me are crochet and cross-stitch.

  15. Bernadette

    Wow, I love your quilt blocks! Very nice! THat’s one craft I haven’t had time to learn… but I love looking at all the beautiful quilts out there!

    The graph is hilarious and so perfect…

  16. Julie

    I can totally relate to this post. I feel the same way! Knitting is simply the best. What can’t you knit? And it is just the process of knitting that makes it so enjoyable.

    I too like to sew, but I have to be in the mood to get out the iron and iron boarding, press fabric, sew a little, press seams, sew some more.. It is not nearly as relaxing or fun a process as knitting.

    Knitting wins! (But by the way, your quilt squares are awesome! The paper-piecing ones sound interesting to try.)

  17. Hannah

    Only a scientist would 1) think of her interests on an X and Y axis and 2) graph it! Love it! You always amaze me 🙂

  18. Laura

    I wouldn’t really need a chart. It would be four straight lines like this:

    knitting = I can’t wait to start

    crochet = this will be fun (for a bit of change)

    tatting = I’m open to it, but I’d rather knit

    sewing, jewelry-making, polymer clay, etc. = that looks cool — ooo! nevermind, I want to knit that right now!

  19. Elaine

    You are too funny!!! But look at all those itty bitty little squares… patience thy name is Grumperina….

  20. Beverly

    I recently took up beading but that still pales in comparison to knitting. Everytime I say I’m going to do something else I still end up knitting.

    I purchased everything needed to make bags for my nieces and apart from cutting out the pattern and washing and ironing the fabric I havent’ done anything else. Why? Too busy knitting.

  21. Pam

    LOVE the craft graph! I would just have knitting then crocheting. Like you, I’d just rather knit so why add more to the mix and muddy the waters.

  22. Shelda

    What a great giggle. I love the graph idea. I put aside all other crafts (except knitting) long ago, but I still feel the pull from time to time.

  23. Ginny

    I don’t think I’m analytical enough to make the chart. I love knitting and it’s my always go to craft. I enjoy quilting and counted cross and if I could ever get back to the size I liked, I’d do more dressmaking. I did get the page-a-day quilting calendar with the hope it would spur me on since I am in need of a new quilt. But I’ll probably just keep knitting and thinking about the other crafts.

  24. Tisha

    Loved your graph! Especially the spinning line! It made me laugh because I know that feeling – I wonder if you were using a spinning wheel?? I suspect you were, because I have also done spinning with a spindle whorl and it is so much more enjoyable – and of course its portable! But like you I am a KNITTER and despite having dabbled in just about every craft I come back to knitting every time. I like you am scientifically trained and I love complicated knitting! The more complicated the better! Keep on blogging!

  25. June

    I totally get that graph!!! I think my main “true loves” are knitting and spinning. I can still do those in the car, so I do! The rest (sewing, crocheting, dollmaking) screeched to a dead halt with the twins’ birth.

  26. Gina in the SF Bay Area

    I LOVE your chart. I can totally relate to the ebb and flow in interest in each of the crafts, and as a statistician, I love your graphic presentation of your feelings. Having just finally completed a king-size quilt (machine-quilted – of course) for my niece’s wedding (last May & within the one-year gifting grace period), quilting and any other kind of sewing is currently in the “absolutely no way” category.

  27. Cary

    YES. I love it. My graph would look very very similar to yours!! Same categories too. Maybe spinning and crochet would be switched. …And actually, sewing is a new line, and on the upswing now… 🙂

  28. pat

    I agree with some of the other posts. What craziness!! What fun! I’ve totally limited my crafts to scrapbooking, cardmaking (not actually a separate craft since so many of the materials overlap), and knitting. No beading, no spinning no matter how tempting they look. At least not until I get a few of the scrapbooks complete and my table that is holding the scrapbook/card materials can be seen and used.

  29. Alex

    I love the graph! I’m going to have to make one of my own. Knitting and crocheting would definitely be the top two, flip-flopping for number one. If I had my own kiln/access to one ceramics would be up there too. Then there’d be a mega jumble of random paper crafts, sewing projects, and stuff that I probably should’ve thrown away by now but still think I can make something out of it.

  30. Tara

    Awesome! 🙂 My chart would look pretty much the same. I really love sewing and the relative quickness that comes with sewing. Yet if I have free time, I reach for the needles.

  31. wendybee

    This graph immediately cracked me up! I had to double-check whose blog I was visiting, as I have a friend who would definitely make such a graph. She was a Mathematics major and I was a Biochemistry, and one summer we took a physics class together. I would write up the text of our lab reports and she would create the graphs. I think we may have even done a little sewing in our steamy-hot apartment that summer, and a lot of table-waiting…..

  32. Fay

    I was curious if these were data points from particular times or not to be taken literally and just an illustration. As an engineer I definitely relate. 🙂

  33. camille turner

    I love the way your scientific mind works! And I’m relieved to be able to actually SEE someone else’s fickleness. I’m hard on myself when I abandon a craft that I was soooooooo into just 3 minutes ago. Now I know I am not alone!

  34. camille

    I love the way your scientific mind works! And I’m thrilled to be able to actually SEE someone else’s diverse craft interests waxing and waning. I am hard on myself for abandoning a craft that just three minutes ago was soooooooo great! Now I know I am not alone!

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