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.
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.
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!