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We interupt the current programming for an important message! Yarn Stores LISTEN UP!

Recently one of the members of the CLF sent me a letter about his crochet activism. He’s been busy contacting companies, both online retailers of yarn, and yarn companies asking for more on the crochet side of the aisle. Amazingly he’s met with some great success. In fact, recently he got an online store to feature crochet more prominently, but in their response to him they stated that they were hard pressed to find attractive crochet patterns to feature on their web site. He relayed this to me with a standard, thoughtful crocheter answer, “Yeah, maybe we do need to step up to the plate more…”

My response was this; We can always step up to the plate more, but the “no attractive” patterns line has gotten very old to my ears. I can think of a dozen designers off the top of my head who make beautiful, practical, elegant and fashion forward designs in all realms of crochet goodness. The time of the ugly has long passed, and beyond having attractive designs, we are surpassing our old knowledge base and adding to it at rapid speed. In fact, I can think of no better time in history to be a crocheter, our materials are excellent, our access to information is beyond the pale, and our pioneering efforts are only just beginning. We are in a time of innovation and exploration, it’s a great time for crochet, and there are many designers meeting the challenge on a daily basis.

When I looked at the website he had contacted I saw that they in fact had many good crochet designs on offer, by a well known crochet designer. (Cough…cough…and Ahem….) Hair pin lace? Yup that’s crochet, Tunisian? Yup, that’s crochet. DUH. Broomstick lace? Yup that’s crochet, too.

But, in reality what I saw was a lack of designs on offer by the yarn companies that store features. Is that the designers’ fault? No, I tell you it is not. It is the fault of the yarn companies for not hiring designers to create fabulous designs for them.

Yarn companies, listen up and listen good, if you want crochet clientele then having attractive, up to date (at the least) garments will get you that clientele. Not offering more than a scarf pattern here or there is ridiculous, especially when you offer so much for other crafts in your pattern line. So, I thought I’d give the information any business wants to hear: the bottom line.

Designing a crocheted garment takes time, but not as much time as one created in pointy sticks. Crochet works up faster, therefore the initial design concept as well as any testing takes less time to make. Does it mean it takes less skills? Nope, the fabric is just created faster, it still takes plenty of technical skills and math skills to make a damn fine pattern. But you could get 10 patterns out of a crochet designer far faster than in another craft. Second of all, if you pay a designer a decent fee, and don’t make them sign their life away you’ll have a designer loyal to the core and quite willing to promote your product. That, too, is worth it’s weight in marketing budgets.

So before you start dissin’ the crochet designs out there, take another look. We long ago and far away proved there are beautiful crochet patterns out there, unless you live in Mythlandia, and if you reside there, then you only know what you have heard.

Yarn companies, come on, start hiring on the crochet designers, it will be worth your while.

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Celebrating Crochet

There have been a few close calls on our message board of late. Nothing invalid with the sentiments in them, people annoyed at fairly well known pointy stick personalities dissin’ the hook. The subject has been well hashed over at the CLF message board, and frankly we don’t like to mention folks by name. Mostly because a) it gets them more attention than they deserve for “good naturedly” bashing the hook, and b) because it doesn’t do us (The CLF) any favors.

Here’s the deal folks, if those so called experts actually knew two cents worth about crochet they wouldn’t malign our craft. It’s all just mumblings of the “I use pointy sticks, therefore I know more about yarn than anyone else” syndrome, and plenty of the pointy stick people have that syndrome; trust me.

So here’s our remedy to the situation:

a) don’t engage.

b) don’t buy their products

c) Celebrate the fabulous crocheters out there who have been working hard to showcase our craft, up our knowledge base, and give us wonderful designs to make.

I particularly like c) because it is proactive. Frankly, I don’t give a rodents derriere about what some pointy stick expert has to say about crochet. Why? Well, mostly I’ll never read those opinions anyway, since I do not purchase pointy stick reading paraphenalia, any more than I buy wood turning reading paraphenalia. I do not do either of those crafts so why purchase the reading materials? Meh.

Those folks who say what we do is ugly, or can’t do this, that or the other, are misinformed, misguided, and frankly full of the dung of many camels. So, why give them the advantage of bad press.

Remember all press is good press, including bad press, so just stop talking about them. Stop buying their products, and support the people who show love for the hook. Let’s focus on what is right here, and ignore the motherless daughters of flea ridden beasts and their spewing of untruths.