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Things that I like about crochet

Crochet is cool because ...

  • It's portable and requires no electricity, unlike laptops, PDAs, and cell phones. If you're standing in line or waiting for something, it's easy to pick it up, make a little progress, and put it down again.

  • It's a fairly inexpensive hobby. Oh, sure, you can get in deep if you're buying lots of patterns and very fancy yarn, but it's easy to keep it modest, too.

  • People tend not to get offended by it. Depending on the title or topic of a given book, it's possible to get disapproving looks while reading. Not so much with crochet.

  • It's very forgiving. You can do it while doing other things, like watching television, talking on the phone, or hanging out with old friends who are comfortable like that. It doesn't require much concentration, and if you blow a stitch, just pull it back out and redo it.

  • Crocheters come from all walks of life. It's very inclusive in that regard. Abandon any preconceptions you might have: from geek to granny, from soccer mom to trendy hipster, crocheters come from very diverse backgrounds.

  • It's quiet. You can crochet without bothering anyone else.

  • It's a productive hobby. When you finish a project, you have the reward of tangible results. Often, these results provide joy to others in the forms of gifts and keepsakes/heirlooms that will last a lifetime and beyond.

I know the same things can be said of knitting, but I haven't learned how to do that, yet.

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alien_sunset
Apr. 19th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
Mostly true. But in some settings crochet/knitting can be looked down upon, even when it's doing no really harm. During lectures for instance, and some meetings.

Many people with ADD find that knitting helps them concentrate on other things at the same time, so knitting during a lecture or meeting would actually be beneficial to them, but many teachers and bosses are against it. I don't have ADD but I find that it helped me pay better attention in class as well, but I had a teacher who took my knitting as a personal attack against her. (Either that or the fact that I knew the material better than she did, and was able to get all As 'despite' my knitting and 'not paying attention' during class.)

p.s.
knitting is EASY, and fun, and there are so many cool things you can do combining both knit and crochet its amazing.
pointedview
Apr. 19th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
True -- I definitely hear what you're saying about settings where it gives the appearance of not paying attention, even though you certainly are. My friend lexmaniac also mentioned the ADD/yarncraft connection to me, and it makes sense to me.

Sounds like that teacher needed to work on some issues of insecurity. Was she against laptops for taking notes, too?

*grins* I want to learn how to knit, but I'll admit that I'm intimidated by the second needle. I am not the most dexterous person in the world.
alien_sunset
Apr. 19th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
Hehe, sadly that was my excuse for putting of crochet for so long, making things with only one needle seemed impossible, I needed that second needle for balance! :p
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