Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Is it Knitted? Is it Crocheted? Does Anybody Care?

Today I almost finished the olive hat I'm knitting. For a while there it looked like it would be too small for an adult, but now that I'm about 2/3's done it does look like it will have enough stretch to fit an average sized adult.

I'm always trying to get people to be aware that knitting and crocheting are not the same thing and to be able to recognize the difference before they make a purchase. So I'm a bit dismayed that some Etsians have chosen a shop name with the word Knitting in it when in fact they sell Crochet. When I asked one of them about it she said the word 'knit' has a better ring to it.  I'll have to agree it's hard to find a word that rhymes with Crochet. Maybe two words like 'crochet all day' or "crochet for pay". At any rate, as needlecrafters, let's not add to the confusion. I don't know what other knitters and crocheters are doing, but I know it takes me a lot longer to knit something than to crochet it, and that is reflected in the price of the item.

I'm sure a lot of people don't care if a hat is knitted, crocheted, macrame'd or netted, but it makes a big difference to me, both historically and by the way it looks. The Create TV show, which should know better, has a commercial where a carpenter is holding up a quilt and saying how he really loves Create TV because he's getting the hang of quilting. Only it's not a quilt he's holding up, it's a crocheted afghan.


JafaBrit's Art said...

Shame on the create tv show, they really should know better arg!

As for etsy crochet group naming it knit, they are doing a disservice to both crafts and adding to the idea that crochet isn't as worthy or attractive.
Hum what rhymes with crochet!

Let's play with crochet and make your day. Don't go astray get yourself a cache of crochet.

toodles from a sometimes crafter

Lady Arwen of the Silver Rose said...

Thanks Jafabrit,
I havent' had a comment in so long, I'd wondered if I even existed anymore.

JafaBrit's Art said...

Lady, I know that feeling :)

all the best
jafa the brit