Left in the dust

I know a lot of crocheters, mainly because I crochet. I know less knitters but know that there are many knitters around. My question is, Are there that many more knitters that crocheters are forgotten in these beautiful local yarn stores? I walk in to these beautiful stores to look at and hopefully buy their yarn but notice that the knitting stuff is predominately displayed while the crochet corner is just that. Back in a corner. Now don’t get me wrong, I love things that are knitted and admire those that can knit. I personally have not learned. I am still learning all of the things that I can do with a crochet hook. I have a lot more to learn and want to be able to do it well before I pick up another fiber art. Sorry, I digress. Anyway, I want to be seen as an equal. I want there to be just as many crochet magazines as knitting. I want to be able to buy hooks everywhere I can buy needles. I want to see patterns all over the place as I see knitting patterns. I do appreciate the yarn store owners that do this. I am just finding that there are not many. I think I am going to go around to LYS (Local yarn stores) in the Triangle of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) and surrounding areas and see what the shop owners have to say and see what they think. I am also going to talk to other crocheters and knitters in this area and find the best LYS in the area that do treat us as equals. I will let you know what I find as I find it.


1 Comment

  1. jkaymartin said,

    April 12, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Jami –

    Even though I learned to knit first, I fell in love with crochet, and that was all I did for many years – and I noticed the same thing about yarn stores.

    However, when I started wanting to make sweaters and other wearables besides scarves/shawls, I discovered that crochet just doesn’t have the spring and fitting capabilities that knitting does. I think that’s at least part of the reason that crochet gets such short shrift in LYS (as opposed to big box stores like Michaels or Joann’s). I’ll be curious to know if you get a better explanation!


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