Men who : crochet
How did you come about working with yarn?
A few years ago I mentioned to my wife that I would be interested in trying to learn how to knit, I can’t precisely remember what brought this about, I think it was a combination of seeing a craft show on TV and watching relatives knitting. She bought me a small beginners kit, which I struggled with from the start. I decided to learn the basics using youtube video’s and a little help from my mother-in-law. I started to get the hang of it but wasn’t exactly falling in love with it. It was about 6 months after starting to learn that I decided I would go to the knitting tent at a music festival that me and my friends go to each year. I walked in expecting to get some hints and tips, but to my surprise everybody was crocheting! I wasn’t quite sure what all the fuss was about, so when I got home I noticed that our local yarn store held lessons on how to crochet; I went to two lessons and understood it (and fell in love with it) straight away. Before I knew it I was obsessed with all things crochet, and was amassing a huge amount of yarn. Crochet has taken over my life, I have tried my hand at many different types of artistic practices over the years, especially during my time studying art at University, but I never felt like I really ‘specialised’ in anything until I learnt crochet.
What would you say to dudes who are thinking about pursuing crochet?
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend other men take up the hook, if you’re thinking about it you should definitely go for it! I personally find it both extremely satisfying and relaxing, and it also can open doors to conversations and friendships that you wouldn’t think of starting without it. I’m not going to lie though, society does still have some pretty weird attitudes towards the craft of crochet, and those attitudes can be expressed from, and directed at, both men and women. But in my experience I often find that although people are at first a little bit dubious (the amount of times I’ve heard - ‘crochet, isn’t that what granny’s do?’), once they see that you can actually create something with just a hook, yarn and knowledge, they are generally impressed and want to know more. Although some people might think it’s odd that I love crochet so much, it makes me happy, so why should I care what they think!?! Society’s perceptions and opinions change constantly, so do what you love, pick up your hooks and yarn, and get creative!