11 Problems Only Fiber Artists Have

The Woven Road

The Woven Road

In any hobby, craft, business, or field of study, you have folks that ‘get it’ and folks that 'don’t'. One of the best things about having a crafting friend group is just having someone around to get your ultra jargon-specific jokes, and maybe even laugh at the terrible puns (or is it just me in here?….). When you finally confess to a weird habit you think no one else has, they follow up with “Oh my goodness, ME TOO!”.

Here is a list of some of the top common problems that only fiber artists have.

1: People saying “I can just buy that in the store for way cheaper!” In general, it is difficult for anyone who is a non-crafter to see value in what you do.  A friend or family member sees you knitting or crocheting and says "Can you make me a sweater?!" My response is usually "Lets see, $75 for yarn, average of 100 hours of labor, if I pay myself minimum wage, thats about $800 for your sweater. So, sure!", or "I would be happy to teach you to knit." There are an infinite number of reasons why making your own clothing is better/more sustainable. You're not just sitting there whittling the time away; you are an artist. Your work ought to be respected.

The Woven Road

The Woven Road

2: The “I will hurt you if you talk to me while I’m counting stitches” look. 'Nah mean?

3:  Finding stitch markers or other small fiber-related items that have fallen down your shirt into your bra, stuck to your pants or hair. This assumption isn't confirmed, but I can only imagine how sexy I look and smell when my husband is picking the half-washed fleece out of my hair. 

4: Too many works in progress! But still not enough.  Sure, I have 6 WIP bags, something on the loom, a basket containing a primitive fiber processing half-done, and a bucket full of wet wool.... but this new hand warmer pattern though!

5: Stash guilt. This is also related to the struggle of using stash yarn, but not having quite enough so you need to buy more! 

6: All the bowls in your home become pretty yarn displays and centerpieces. Because yarn and raw fleece is a work of art in itself! And everyone in the household obviously shares this sentiment.

The Woven Road

The Woven Road

The Woven Road

The Woven Road

7: Project turns out to be the wrong size, so you think of whom you know that it may fit… and your random acquaintance ends up with a gorgeous garment! There are worse things.

8: Weird injuries! Forgetting you put your needles in your hair and poking yourself in the neck or the hand hours later, getting a needle under the fingernail/in the ear, and all of those strange bruises on your hands... 

9: Improvising cable needles and stitch markers; your WIP looks like a combination of a bird nest and a junk drawer

10: When you mistake song lyrics for some textile jargon.

11: Weavers, talking about “tying one on” can really confuse your friends.

What fiber art related problems do you have? Share them in the comments below!