The tie that binds

As a crocheter, have you ever just sat down and thought about the direction in which many things flow? Friendships are broken, skies are sunny or grey, we’re happy or sad and so on.

For crocheters and knitters, no language we speak or where we live presents a barrier.

‘The Tie That Binds Us’

I have noticed there is a tie that binds us. We don’t have to be as advanced as those with the title, “Independent Professional Crochet Artists.” No matter our skills, we love to help each other — learn a stitch, drop a stitch, back stitch, cross-stitch, post-stitch, pick-up a stitch, etc., just as someone taught us.


There is a tie that binds “a circle of friends” who aren’t so independent and “know all that.” Classes can be held for those who want to understand, more clearly, about the art of crochet, in different forms and will be committed to attend.

We all learn as we go. We can’t, always, teach ourselves what we need to know, no matter how much online or offline information there is. If you are already an expert and have done just about everything a teacher can possibly instruct you about, then help with teaching others who aren’t so advanced. It’s possible your skills might be extended and your enjoyment increased in that way.

I always remember what Solomon said: “There is nothing new under the sun, but there is a lot under the sun that we don’t know.” This applies to crochet art, too.

Growing Interest

Lately, I have run into women who say they don’t crochet, but enjoy the writings. Men say the same thing and some of them “do” crochet. Possibly the reading about this art will spark more interest in picking up a hook.

As we learn more about the art of crochet, why should we be so timid when it comes to giving it a “thumbs up” in the world of arts?

The interest in crochet/knitting has brought on a greater desire for yarns of all types. There is a call for high-style, handmade clothing in places such as Italy, Spain and France. These crocheted pieces are sold at unbelievable prices in shops on Fifth Avenue and deluxe shops in San Francisco and in other metropolitan cities. The high-style designs are shown in the smallest towns and villages as a style influence.

The average crocheter does not want to pay expensive prices in yarn for high-style designing. We’re looking for yarn at a medium, if not low, price and with our range of skill, we want to turn out a smart looking piece for little money.

This price range of medium to low yarns, and variety, can be found in some areas with specialty shops, department stores, as well as discount and outlet stores and markets. After finding the price that is best for you and with the level of your skill — great caps, coats, socks, dresses, jewelry, fashionable sweaters and scarves will be flying off those hooks and needles in all designs and colors.

Yarn today is available in a variety of textures and weights. Wool, cotton, linen and nylon are combined and spun together to produce a new effect. Wool is still the most popular for crocheting and knitting.

Now take a little trip!

You should think about the route it took for yarn to become skeins: A woolly sheep or an alpaca was happily grazing in a pasture. In short, that woolly stuff ends up becoming a soft, satisfactory product you go looking for in shops. Wool of many colors fill your crochet/knitting bag for scarves, caps, sweaters and the many designs you wish to make for family, friends — and yourself.

Being interested enough to become an avid hooker gives you the opportunity to meet so many like-minded people from “all over the world.” That’s why, in this art, there is “a tie that binds us all.”

Karen Ann Buffington is onwer and operator of Karen’s Korner Crochet, 93 Pine St., Gallipolis.