Crossing the Divide
Check out MK's blog post about crochet and knitting. She's put it well. There was quite a bit of discussion on this blog about the soon-to-be-released Stitch N *** Crochet: The Happy Hooker, and I suspect that discussion was about the article MK refers to in her post. I certainly may have read that quote wrong, but it's been an interesting discussion all the same.
I think I've been pretty straightforward about my opinion that the great divide between knitting and crochet is ridiculous. I agree with MK's hunch that the divisiveness stems, at least in part, from class snobbery. One of the strongest impressions I got from the TNNA trade show a few weeks ago is that the N. American industry perceives the divide the same way — knitters spend money on their craft and crocheters don't. The vast array of fabulous, contemporary, fashionable, experimental, and just downright kick-ass knitting patterns and accessories on the market definitely speaks to this perception in the industry, especially in the context of the dated, bland, unimaginative offerings for crochet.
Whether they gave some backhanded compliments in their first issue or not, I think the Interweave Knits Crochet annual is the only print crochet magazine worth buying in N. America. Much of the reason I try to stir up discussion on this blog, and with the magazine in general, is because I think it's about time crocheters demand better for ourselves. And since I'm not very keen on demanding things of others, I think it's important that we step up and put our money (and our actions and our creativity and our hooks) where our complaints are. MK has made some excellent points, and it's about time we start worrying more about what our hands are creating than about what other people will label it.
Update: Andrea asks a really good question in her comment: "Is it any surprise that we don’t want to waste our money on “dated, bland, unimaginative offerings for crochet”? ;)"
Not surprising at all. Pick up your hooks people. Let's make some change.
Update (11 July): Julie linked to this post by Ms. Stoller on Craftster.org. Clears up a bit about the much maligned cover of her upcoming book, no? Now that I'm becoming more and more familiar with how publishing works, I know firsthand that a mocked-up cover is frequently needed to go into the catalog months before the actual book (with finalized — and often unrecognizably altered — cover). Phew!