GRRRR… a rant!

I know, I know. Feast or famine! TWO Posts in one day. Well, you see when I posted today the first time, I was trying to search my brain for something to write about…This post is motivated by IRE…that’s right CROCHET IRE!!!

The CLF Message Board on has a thread which we call Main Board Activity. We know that occassionally newbies to Ravelry who crochet ask questions in the main six boards, and are given tons of not only misinformation about crochet, they are often (not always) picked on.

We have a policy that we only go in to be supportive, provide resources, or information and not get into the stupid petty board wars that can sometimes occur. Today, an innocent person asked a great question about doing colorwork in crochet.

I CANNOT COUNT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO A) gave bad advice due to having ZERO clue about crochet. and/or B) PUT DOWN CROCHET!

I shall quote for you: “It won’t look right in crochet” “Crochet isn’t as attractive” “Colorwork in crochet is harder.” and my personal favorite, “If you must do this in crochet, do it in tunisian and cross stitch the design.”

While the latter suggestion is an interesting piece of crafting advice it is absolute RUBBISH because not only does crochet colorwork look lovely, it is also rather simple when you learn a few tips and tricks. (Huh, just like when you learn intarsia in knitting…I bet most folks first projects in that aren’t all that fabulous looking unless they are geniuses)…

So what did I do? Offered resources. The Tapestry Crochet Group on Ravelry is fantastic! Founded by Carol Ventura, a leading expert in Tapestry Crochet (and participant in the CLF First Ever Book available on our website ,) that is THE resource for all many of colorwork techniques! And it is FULL of helpful and very very talented people.

But once again I’m going to be blunt on the subject of giving advice. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW MUCH ON A SUBJECT STOP GIVING ADVICE!  Just because you do one fiber art and dabble in others does NOT make you an expert. I would NEVER presume to give knitting advice EVER, and I can use the sticks enough to swatch.

Once again I have been firmly reminded that the CLF is needed as much as ever.


4 responses to “GRRRR… a rant!

  1. I couldn’t agree more! What is with these knitting snobs that think every answer to a crochet question is…KNITTING! Unreal.

  2. I don’t remember if I share this here or not, but I went into our local yarn shop right after I started to crochet and had a question about a pattern. They have information on their window about knitting and crochet classes, so I figured I could go in and ask. The lady running the shop was very kind and answered my question. There were two older women knitting in the back and one of them looked at me and said, “Do you knit or crochet?” I said that I crocheted and she snorted and said, “Hmmm crochet.” I was appalled and have never gone back. It’s like many things in the world, just do what you do and leave other people alone!

  3. I think someone has sat on her needles too often and is permanently cranky. I say we go over to the people asking knitted lace questions and suggest doing it in crochet instead. 😀

  4. I’ve seen plenty of gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous colorwork in crochet! I agree that people should learn to button it if they don’t know what they’re talking about.

    I also had the same thought about lace as Grieney.

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