I went down to my LYS, and had a talk with people who felt the same as I do about the Katrina aftermath, and it made me feel better. There will be so much to do for a long time, and a real challenge will be once this story falls out the media as it eventually will.
Hurray for Interweave Crochet!
I'm taking a break from Katrina coverage to chill a bit and watch some football, do some projects, and leaf through the new Interweave Crochet. I was delighted to see the stack of copies in my LYS.
Hurray for Annie Too!
There are many projects I like in it, but what actually caught my eye was the essay on the back page by Annie Modesitt wonderfully entitled, It Most Certainly is My Grandmother's Crochet...
In the essay Modesitt describes learning to crochet from an older family friend, and their relationship, and the push to market crocheting (and knitting too) only to young hip people. She writes,
"However the phrase, 'This is your grandmother's crochet.' makes my teeth stand on edge.. It is dissmive and simplistic. I understand the sentiment behind the comment...'This crochet is artsy, fun, and young."
Please do not misunderstand me. I'm totally down with young hip people learning to crochet and knit and putting a new spin on projects. The scene always needs new ideas and different takes.
Also, I think most of those who use "This isn't your Grandma's..."tag aren't trying put older women down, but there are better ways to promote crocheting and knitting.
Modesitt expresses these feelings too and adds...
"..we don't want established crocheters to feel excluded...Older women have been marginalized for much of our history."
"There is wisdom in the handiwork of older crocheters. lessons to learn, techniques to respect...Grandma was young once too, and we wll soon be old."
I feel that all crocheters and knittters should respect the past while embracing and creating the future. The industry should market to and welcome all, regardless of age.
Wow, I rarely do two posts in one day, and both were rants although one sitsuation is major and the other minor.
I'm so fortunate to have knitting and crochet in my life. I believe in their power to help and heal.
*as well as two Neil/Tim Finn/Crowded House song references.