Hey, everyone. How are your holidays going? Treating you good? I hope so. Although this post has landed perilously close to Christmas and, I assume, other holidays, it has nothing to do with them. Let’s take a break from that, shall we?
I want to take a moment and talk about us liars out there. You know what I mean. “Knitting is easy!” “Crochet is a breeze.” I’m very guilty of this. And you’re shaking your head, if not physically, then mentally. What is she talking about? Knitting is easy and crochet is a breeze! Ok, smarty pants. Maybe for you, and a very small minority, it was a breeze. Your needles fly under your deft fingers, your hook is moving so fast that it’s a blur and every stitch is perfect. New techniques? No problem.
Like the title of this post says, let’s be honest. Think back to when you first picked up those knitting needles, felt their heft, or gazed wonderingly upon that crochet hook, marveling at the sleek lines and how they turned into…well, the hook. Some of you may have to really dig in the vault of memories for this, but do it. Did it feel natural? Remember that first chain, and how proud you were of yourself. And then, when you got tired of that, discovering how to turn and create stitches. Let’s not forget that first successful cast on row. My tongue worked as hard as my fingers! Speaking of tongues, we also have our own language. You think k2tog then yo or dbl through fp means anything to anyone else?
….but, think of the beginner. How many will give up because it’s just too hard? For whatever reason, they are done after that initial foray. Their skeins of yarn will either gather dust in some forgotten drawer or be thrown away (gasp! oh, no!) because they’re taking up space. And yes, there are a great many people, who, literally, simply don’t care. Of course, they will enjoy the fruits of our labors, and marvel at the overall beauty of the gift, but that’s as far as it will go. However, for us, we wanted to do it. Whatever our motivation was at the time, we wanted to do it; and we did. Look at us now – champions of the crusade! Not only is it easy, there are multiple benefits to knowing these crafts.
And I for one, think we should respect our hobbies for the honed crafts they truly are. Will I stop saying it’s easy? Probably not. Should I? Yes, most definitely. Is all this work worth it? That, I’ll leave for you to decide…
Easy? Not at first, no.