7 Facts about Teen Crafters

Teen crafters—knitters, crocheters, quilters—we’re not that special.

This may sound strange from someone who moderates a rapidly growing Teen group on Ravelry and actively campaigned for sponsorships and prizes for their party—a party celebrating our 300 member.

 But we’re not really that special. However, there are some distinguishing marks of a teen crafter

1. We’re almost always broke. I envy others who have crafty parents. At least they understand the basic crafting (and stashing!) urge.

2. Many of us have pink blogs. Shrug. We also have this in common with Christian moms who have built-in music players that blare out, “How Great Thou Art” and scare the shat out of unsuspecting people (me) who just wanted to read their blog.

3. We deal with older people who think that we can’t craft beyond the basics, parents that don’t care about it, and peers that call us Grandma or Grandpa. Guy teenage knitters have to deal with a complicated mixture of this and insinuations about their sexual identity. No wonder we don’t see many of them.

 4. Rants about knitting in class are often common.

 5. We like shiny stuffs, odd color combinations, and colored needles.

 6. We breath air.

 7. We hate sterotypes spread about us.

On the last point—this is getting tiring. I appreciate efforts from people who try to write patterns or stories for teen crafters. I love the Chicks with Sticks series, and so do a lot of other teenage crafters. But simplistic patterns using eyelash yarn or stupid intarsia figures aren’t cool teen patterns—they’re just in bad taste. And we know that you’re cheaping out.

 So, as a favor to everyone, please, spread the word.

 Steeks and cashmere for my young knitting friend.

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April 1, 2008. Tags: . Teen Crafters.

10 Comments

  1. sarahkatie replied:

    Well, my mom is crafty. She taught my brother and I how to crochet when we were little. Not that my brother still does though. Then when I learned how to knit I taught my mom how to knit. Nevertheless, I am still always broke, because my mom is also broke. No yarn for me unless I’m paying for it, or my aunt feels in the kindness of her heart that she should give me some from her stash. Her stash is pretty big too.

  2. knitter819 replied:

    Haha, I love this post! The part about the “teen” patterns is really true. People think that what they design is cool or instyle, but sometimes it really isn’t. I, for one, have to say that most times it is the unexpected that we like the best.

  3. ajrox92 replied:

    I love this! I hate it when people think that we live on eyelash yarn and fun fur. Someone should burn that stuff!

  4. Luciana replied:

    I love this list, absolutely love this list. How true it is. I get made fun of in my women studie’s class all the time because I knit and talk about knitting in relation to all these female issues. Haha. Now I should blog about this…

  5. Kaya replied:

    I’m not always broke…and my parents do care about my craftiness..Hell, they even support it. So, I actually don’t fit into most of the list…except the gramps part. o_o

  6. Kaya replied:

    And to make matters worse..I kind of feel bad about not being able to relate to the list…-sigh-._.

  7. Dava replied:

    It really doesn’t change much, just the age groups and the assumptions…

  8. Samantha replied:

    I don’t think that number 6 is at all true, genuine! Get with the program!

  9. PrincessPea replied:

    My teen son does lots of arts and crafts. He doesn’t knit (yet), although he is designing a scarf for me to knit for him! He does do embroidery though, customising clothes by embroidering on them. He doesn’t have a pink blog – his bebo and deviantart pages are mostly black and red. He does breathe air, and he really hates being stereotyped.

  10. Samantha replied:

    And Genine, number one and two and four are all wrong for me! You’re spreading generalizations and sterotypes!

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