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Hi Kathryn, I follow you on Google+ and read your blog almost every day. I really enjoy the conversations that get started there. I am the mother of two adult kids, which seems crazy to me as I am still act like a kid a lot of the time. I crochet because I enjoy it and I like making things for people in my life. Pretty simple. I have enjoyed blogging about my projects and crocheting in the last year, I don't update nearly as often as you do, but I enjoy sharing my experience with others.
1 year, 7 months ago on Introduce Yourself Here
Okay, I will give you my one and only impression. I was so excited about this when I heard about it. I thought it would be a great place for all those links that you post on FB/Twitter/Google+ that you later can't find, whether they be about health, crafts, fitness, etc. I was on it twice and realized instead of a blank "board" that I pinned my interests on, it was full of stuff put there by Pinterest. There was no way to remove the things I did not want to see. It was cluttered and very difficult to navigate. What I really wanted was a place I pinned links on that my friends could access easily to find the things I talked with them about. And that allowed me to see their links the same way. I think I just misunderstood the purpose of the site so it was hugely disappointing for me.
2 years ago on Friday Open Discussion: Pros and Cons of Pinterest
CrochetBlogger The only thing about appealing to kids that would bother me is that these yarns are much, much harder to use which could be frustrating and really keep kids away.
2 years ago on Friday Open Discussion: Crochet Snobbery
CrochetBloggerbentonsa I agree that the novelty yarns are good for fringe or trim or adding a bit of umph to a project.
I think my only snobbery about crocheting is that I don't like using weird yarn or tricks to create a look. A friend made me a scarf using "special" yarn that makes it fuzzy and to me it is just a trapping. If you make a great product you don't need to hide it with loops or fuzz or other gimmicky yarn. That probably sounds terrible. I find I am pretty traditional in my crocheting, most of my pattern books are 15 years old and I update the look through the use of color. I love looking at new patterns and I have tried some new ones in the last year I have really liked. But I like that crocheting is a traditional craft. I can appreciate the updated look of some of the items out there but I like to see the creativity shown through the stitches and use of color not weird yarn.
And I think I am a bit annoyed that there is a big trend to make crochet look like knitting. If I wanted to knit an item I would learn how to knit. It seems almost like it is condescending for a company to push constantly to have customers learn to "knit" using a hook. If you want to knit then knit, but don't bastardize our craft and imply it is not as good in the process. Wow, guess I had some strong feelings about that...