Friday Open Discussion: Do You Honor Your Craft?

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About Discussion Posts

I value what my readers have to say and think that your voice can contribute a lot of knowledge to this blog. Each Friday I’ll post a thought or question that I believe is pertinent to crocheters today. It’s a chance for you to share your thoughts and opinions on the topic. You can just say what’s on your mind about it or you can respond to other people’s comments and thoughts. Always feel comfortable sharing your thoughts but also use common sense in making it clean, respectful and nice to everyone in the group.

Today’s Topic: Honoring the Craft

One of the things that I’ve noticed as a crafter is that many women downplay the value of their crafting. Some almost never talk about the fact that they crochet, even if they do it as a business. Or they admit that they crochet but they say it quietly and dismissively and change the subject, as though it is not important.

Other people that I know will admit that they crochet but insist on saying that it’s “just a hobby”, shying away from using terms like “maker” or “crafter” or “artist”. There are, of course, many degrees of crafting and many reasons for applying different terms to ourselves. They may all be valid but only if we consciously choose them.

Are you guilty of dismissing your crafting skills? When and where do you admit that you crochet? When do you hide it or downplay it? What are the good and bad things about this issue? Let’s discuss.

My Thoughts on the Topic

I used to think that I wasn’t guilty of downplaying the craft. I’ve gotten really good at being a loud and proud crocheter, letting people know that writing about crochet is basically what I do for a living. In fact, I am probably sometimes annoying in the way that I talk about the importance of crafting in today’s society and the value I see in the fact the refreshed cross-generational, cross-gender interest in the craft.

Ah, but I am guilty of downplaying the craft after all. I’ve noticed recently that I freely proclaim my crocheter title when I’m talking to women. When I’m talking to men that aren’t my close friends, though, I’m not nearly as vocal about it. When men ask what I do, I say that I write or blog. I don’t specify that I write about crochet or crafting. If I mention that I do art stuff, I say it as an aside and also don’t mention the fiber arts specifically. I suppose that this is because I think that there are a lot of stereotypes about the craft, especially among men, and I don’t want to seem dowdy and homey and boring when I’m trying to be attractive to the opposite sex. But my reaction to the situation is exactly what perpetuates those stereotypes. I can be a hot crocheter! So I want to wear my crochet pin a bit more boldly in times to come.

Your thoughts?

Let’s talk about it! Share your thoughts in the comments below. Who is going to get the ball rolling?

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  1. I am hearing you loud and clear. Somehow, by trying to avoid the “little old lady, sitting at home on Saturday night, alone” crochet stereotype, we are actually perpetuating it!! (Maybe I do do that some Saturday nights, but it is a choice I freely make!!) How about we start turning out teeny weenie crocheted bikinis? That might jumpstart our new attitude about this! Thanks for this Blog entry – you’ve given me something to ponder!!

    • Thanks for commenting Pam. I, too, often choose to stay at home some Saturday nights and crochet but I both defy and meet the stereotype in other ways! As for bikinis … I’m actually awed by some of the cool crochet bikinis that have come out this year by designers like Lisa Maree. I suppose that could be a good way to let the guys now that crocheting girls are not fuddy duddies :)

  2. Disqus is having some issues on this blog. They’re getting remedies but in the meantime anyone who does experience a problem can send me their comments via email and I’ll get them posted here. I’ve gotten a few on this post:

    From Susan Being Snippy,

    “Oh boy, I just Had to comment on this one! I would say that I am
    proud that I crochet and tell everybody. In fact, recently my husband
    and I were crossing the Canada US border and the US border guard asked
    my husband why we were crossing in the middle of the day on a weekday,
    so my husband said because he works nights. Then the border guard
    asked me what I do and I proudly said I spend my days, crocheting and
    sewing and watching tv! He had a good laugh about that!

    I have tried to teach my husband how to crochet but he is left handed
    and just couldn’t figure it out — I think it is him tho because I did
    teach my left handed sister to crochet after I made her an afghan and
    she wanted another one — she has made many more since then. I almost
    always have a granny square project on the go because there is always
    someone getting married or having a baby and I keep a couple granny
    afghans just in case — in fact I am sure that every family I know has
    at least one crochet project from me.

    So YES, with a big YES, I do honour my craft and everybody I know,
    knows that I crochet, knit and make quilts and anything else I can
    think of to make — currently I am playing with salt dough… Oh and I
    write too…”

    And from:


    “I know I used to shy away from it or even be embarrassed that I
    crochet instead of knit. Now though I’m old enough and proud enough of
    my craft that I seriously don’t care how you view it – maybe you don’t
    like crochet but I do. Crocheters need to stand tall and carry their
    hooks with high. That’s a book idea Kathryn – sexy and proud crochet
    hook holders.”

    • @Susan … Thanks so much for the great comment. So appreciated! I think it’s wonderful that you let everyone know about your crafting because it helps spread the word that all different types of people do crochet and that it’s a wonderful, terrific thing. Keep at it!

      @Sara … Interesting point that some people are shy that they crochet instead of knitting since often knitting is scene as the stronger or “better” craft. Interestingly enough did you know that according to a 2010 survey by the Craft and Hobby Association, crochet actually ranks higher than knitting in terms of both sales and household participation? Fun fact :)

  3. Being a crafter is very important these days. We are keeping a craft alive in our communities. An article in Permaculture magazine (out of Britian) pointed out that many young people are not learning basic crafts. They are distracted by the technology and not interested in traditional crafts. Unfortunately this makes us more and more reliant on trucks and ships to bring us stuff from around the world. These long supply chains can be prone to disruption ( hurricanes, oil stoppage, truck strike), leaving us ill prepared to take care of ourselves. Most folks couldn’t make a pair of socks or a warm hat for anything. By building our skills in crochet we are not only having fun but are also making our communities more resilient, more able to weather whatever the economy, or the climate throws at us. Hold your heads up high ladies and gents!!

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