yes, I make things, but no, I'm not a knitter
I'm home again from my trip to Seattle! I'll share a full trip recap next week, but this is just a quick check-in, as I'm still dragging a bit. I had a list of crafty places I hoped to visit, but when you're the only stitcher/sewist/maker/crafter in a group of four people, you might only get to stop at the yarn shop that you happened to walk by.
So Much Yarn in the Pike Place Market area of Seattle is a great little shop with lots of beautiful yarns, and I enjoyed my visit very much. But just because I craft, does not make me a knitter. This seems to surprise folks, one of whom is my brother.
As we walked through the store, he commented on the things I knit, and how much I must love the place. Although I've explained that I CAN knit (though I rarely do), he somehow sees knitting as the universal craft. Does he notice that I hold fabric and thread in my hands, rather than yarn and needles? I'm not sure what he thinks I've been knitting!
He's not the only one to make this mistake, however. When I try to explain what it is I do, many people use knitting as the go-to craft. I suppose it's one that people are more familiar with.
While we're on the topic of knitting and Seattle, I did get to see these knitted props from the Walkie Talkie Man music video whilst visiting the EMP (the exhibit closes next week). A crew of knitters made everything (including some instruments which weren't on display), then animators used them for some live-action and stop-motion animation. Awesome, right?
But with its embroidery and coconuts with faces, this Architecture in Helsinki music video is more my style. Crafts plus music are a good thing however they are made!
So here's my question: Do people ever expect that you do a particular craft when they hear that you make things?
By Mollie Johanson at Thursday, March 26, 2015