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« on: September 30, 2007 04:47:14 PM »

I did a spinning demonstration at an alpaca ranch this weekend and people kept asking me why I made yarn and what I did with it. I told them I mainly knit but I also crochet. This one woman said, "oh, you don't weave?". And I said "no, I'm a knitter". She wouldn't let it go and stood next to me- mind you there were about 15 people standing around me watching me spin- but she kept talking about why I don't weave. Eventually she said, "well, you're young- I guess these things come with time". I was so pissed. Insult me all you want- but don't talk about knitting!!!!!

I just thought I'd share because you guys would understand. Isn't that nuts? Why are people so snobby about their crafts? Does anyone have an experience with a craft snob that they would like to share?
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2007 05:38:21 PM »

ok as both a knitter and spinner, i can totally put myself in your shoes and say that yeah, i'd probably be miffed too.  especially because you are trying to demonstrate something that not too many people get to see, and all she wants to do is flap her yap about what you don't do.  grrrrr.  how frustrating!  hopefully it won't turn you off from doing public demos.  its nice to get the word out about spinning.
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2007 05:50:49 PM »

Maybe she's just jealous because she can't knit or crochet???
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2007 06:29:50 PM »

I did weaving once--on a loom in 2nd grade! Wink  I don't see the appeal of making only 2-dimensional things.

With knitting or crochet, there's so much more diversity in what can be made! (although I've heard from a few crocheters that they thing knitting is more diverse--yet there are plenty of crochet things I couldn't knit to get the same look!).


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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2007 07:08:40 PM »

I don't stumble across craft snobbery from other crafters too often.  However, I have a bunch of friends who roll their eyes when they see me pull out my knitting or cross stitch.  I just try really hard to not let it bother me.

That being said...I did make cross stitch wedding samplers for all my friends when they got married.  I had one friend who was getting married who asked me if I was making her something for a wedding gift (she hadn't seen any of the pictures I had done).  When I said that I was working on something, she actually told me to stop working on it and give her something from her registry!  Not only did she not recieve a gift, I didn't go to the wedding because friends don't tell friends what to give.
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2007 08:47:40 PM »

Ugh.  Honestly, if it makes you happy and it isn't hurting someone/something else, I really don't see why it matters.  I mean, there are any number of crafts that I personally have no interest whatsoever in taking up (like, um....weaving), but I do recognize that many other people are quite talented at those crafts and seem to be able to turn out rather nice finished objects (that I would be happy to own!) from their crafting efforts.
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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2007 10:00:36 PM »

Ugh.  Honestly, if it makes you happy and it isn't hurting someone/something else, I really don't see why it matters.  I mean, there are any number of crafts that I personally have no interest whatsoever in taking up (like, um....weaving), but I do recognize that many other people are quite talented at those crafts and seem to be able to turn out rather nice finished objects (that I would be happy to own!) from their crafting efforts.
Well said and I agree totally. To me, all crafts are equal. Just because I'm not interested in one or the other doesn't make them less important or worthy of appreciation.

I don't know that much about weaving but doesn't that take a lot more in terms of start up than other yarn crafts? It would just seem to me that getting into weaving would be something that would be passed down through families as the equipment would be expensive to just up and buy (as opposed to going out and buying a pair of needles and some cheap yarn...).
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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2007 10:08:03 PM »

I don't stumble across craft snobbery from other crafters too often.  However, I have a bunch of friends who roll their eyes when they see me pull out my knitting or cross stitch.  I just try really hard to not let it bother me.

That being said...I did make cross stitch wedding samplers for all my friends when they got married.  I had one friend who was getting married who asked me if I was making her something for a wedding gift (she hadn't seen any of the pictures I had done).  When I said that I was working on something, she actually told me to stop working on it and give her something from her registry!  Not only did she not recieve a gift, I didn't go to the wedding because friends don't tell friends what to give.

I'm not a particularly big fan of cross stitch but never in a million years would I tell someone who was taking the time to make a gift for me to stop.  That's horribly rude!!!
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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2007 11:55:36 PM »

I don't know that much about weaving but doesn't that take a lot more in terms of start up than other yarn crafts? It would just seem to me that getting into weaving would be something that would be passed down through families as the equipment would be expensive to just up and buy (as opposed to going out and buying a pair of needles and some cheap yarn...).

My LYS is actually a weaving shop first (it's named Rose Path Weaving).  They rent looms.  It's something like $15 a week for use of the loom and the lessons are fairly reasonable too.  I'm pretty sure the looms stay in the shop.  I don't know how easy it is to find places like that, but I imagine most people would start out renting a loom and build from there. 

I should add that the LYS is not at all snobby, but every once in a while they do try to convince me to give weaving a try.  It's more of a "but we love it so much, you will too!" than a "you're nobody if you don't weave." 
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« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2007 12:07:13 AM »

That's annoying.

Maybe she was feeling bad that someone visibly younger than her is doing things that she isn't, and she needed to feel "craftier than thou"?

It's obvious that whatever it was, she was seeking some form of self validation at your expense. Don't worry about it. She'll probably come back as a total muggle in her next life.
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