Overheard At Art and Craft Shows…
There are always interesting stories to share from the world of arts and crafts shows. And there’s likewise always an interesting variety of personalities to come in contact with. Some more memorable things I’ve heard at shows, relating to crochet of course since that’s what I do, include:
“So how come you didn’t knit this?”
Of course, this is the bane of all comments someone in the know could make to a crochet person. Some crocheters even find it offensive. I just ignore them.
“I can make this.”
Ah, yes I’m sure you can. But will you? Personally, I’d rather pay a specialist when I can and I love paying a peer for their slice of craftiness as well.
“I’ve only crocheted a couple times in my life, but I crocheted something like this 20 years ago.”
Trust me, you haven’t. But that’s OK, I’ll keep that to myself.
“Do you have any crochet that costs less than $2?”
Since just one skein of super el-cheapo yarn or thread definitely costs more than just $2, and most of my designs use multiple skeins of high quality fibers, the answer is obviously no and never will. And I don’t work for free.
“Would you knock 20% off?”
Would you take a 20% cut in pay at your place of work?
“I can buy a hat for $3 at Wal-Mart.”
Don’t even get me started.
It’s not always negative and I don’t want to give that impression. And honestly, I find it more humorous than negative. Trust me, I’m totally secure in what I do and who I am. And usually, most people are surprised at how fast I can crochet. They’re used to the idea that it takes a long time to do. I’ve been doing it over 32 years, so of course. And speed can depend on what I’m designing anyway. So I also often hear “I can’t believe you made that!” or “It only took you that long?” Which is nice. Or even “Wow, that’s fast!” or “That looks more complicated than I realized,” while I’m doing a demo, which is also nice. “I had no idea crochet could be so interesting!” is probably my favorite. Makes me feel like an evil mastermind taking over the world. Hahaha!
So with this in mind, I was truly surprised by one question last year.
To give you the set-up, it’s after 9pm on Saturday night at Maker Faire Austin. This is when we’re getting ready to close down for 10pm and then drive all the way home (50 minutes for me one way) and sleep a little before coming back to MF first thing in the morning. And I’m out of eared hats and everyone still wants more.
A guy actually asked me (and he was dead serious):
“So are you going to go home and make a bunch more ear hats tonight to sell tomorrow? So I can get one?”
I said “Noooo… it’s kind of late. And you know, I think I’m going to go home and sleep.”