Not a Good Sign

As many of you know, Debbie Stoller (the fun, feminist knitter who brought us the bestselling Stitch 'N ***: The Knitter's Handbook and Stitch 'N *** Nation books) is now working on a crochet book. Stoller's previous two books are credited with helping to bring about the rapidly spreading popularity of knitting amongst young women. I own and love them both, so I was predictably looking forward to her as-yet unpublished crochet book to radically launch crochet into the daily addictions radars of millions of women just like me and you.

But now I'm beginning to wonder. Stoller was quoted in an article in today (any Bay area readers able to share whether the article was also in the printed San Francisco Chronicle?):

"You know, I never really understood why people say that they either crochet or knit but don't do both. They are very similar, and although crocheting may be a bit more limited in the scope of projects than knitting, I'm excited about exploring crochet, what makes it special. I've already got some great patterns going."

I'm not sure that I want someone who doesn't see crochet as limitless to be spreading the word about my craft. Yes, I'm feeling territorial now. And yes, I'm feeling defensive, too. I mean, it's just not my brand of enthusiasm to say, "Hey, this thing is pretty cool. I mean, it's not as cool as that thing over there, but it's still cool." No way. If you're going to write a crochet book to follow in the footsteps of the Stitch 'N *** knitting books, do it right, Ms. Stoller. You bet crochet and knitting are different, and each has its positive qualities depending on the type of project you want to do. But it's certainly not the case that either one is more "limited" than the other.

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