Monday, May 15, 2006

Sure, You Could

From time to time I get people coming into my booth, looking at my crocheted stuff, and saying "I could make that!" Well, sure you could. Anyone can do what I do. Here's all you'd have to do to make, say, one of my sage green dishcloths.

  1. Find the pattern. It's not hard to find; it's on the internet.
  2. Find the yarn. While worsted weight cotton yarn is available pretty much everywhere, it is not usually available in a wide selection of non-ugly colors. I'll even give you a tip: most of the colors I use are NOT available at Wal-Mart or Michaels. That's one of the reasons I've found a wholesale source for the yarn. That's also one of the reasons people buy my dishcloths, because they come in much nicer colors than the ones Aunt Hattie gave them for Christmas. And good luck finding the organic cotton.
  3. Spend the next 25 years mastering the art of crochet. Any monkey with a hook can make a dishcloth, but to make it nice and even and have the skill it takes to work with multiple strands and hide the yarn ends in such a way that they don't work themselves out while the dishcloth is in use takes talent.
  4. Make a dishcloth. It takes me about 20 minutes. How long will it take you? Especially when you factor in all the time it'll take you to find the pattern and the yarn?
Voila! Anyone can do what I do. But by the time you do, it'll be worth $4 to you.