Crafts and momS!

Ok, i really want to learn how to spin yarn, and when i told my mom she was all "Why? You can just buy yarn at the store? Its cheeper" And i've only ever knit with acrylic yarn. Have you ever had that kind of thing where a mom/dad/boyfriend/hubby/relative/friend just doesn't understand our craftiness?

PS+ who here spins yarn? Sorry if this rant is in the wrong section.

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10 replies since 30th January 2009 • Last reply 30th January 2009

Indeed you put your rant in the right place-the issues and rants board!!! Happy

I know exactly what you mean, my mum always goes on about how it's costing too much, I'm the one forking out for it all not her, so what the problem?!? If I didn't have enough for it I wouldn't be buying the stuff!

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I would love to spin yarn. This rant is in the right place

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My mum kinda gets it 'cause she does crafts too and has always encouraged me to. But I get a lot of friends who don't get why I would knit a pair of gloves instead of buying them - even if they're cheaper to make!

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Luckily my mum and boyfriend both understand my craftiness, as it was my mum that introduced me to it and my boyfriend thinks its cool that I've got skills to be able to make things for myself. He can do crafty stuff too like crocheting and knitting (it was him who taught me how to knit in the first place :p), and he gets me to teach him other things too.
But some of my friends don't get it, they're just like "Why would you spend time doing that, why not go out clubbing or to the pub?"

Now that I'm getting into knitting I'd love to try spinning my own yarn, but I need to knock of my list of unfinished projects and reduce my stash of supplies first before I go and buy more Tongue

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my mum is good at crafts mainly cooking since it's her profession lol but she taught me to knit and her mum was good at it too and I never met my real nan so that's nice, and my boyfriend just thinks it's cute I think lol I go through phases of obsessing over stuff so I think he takes me seriously but at first thought it was a phase but a cute phase lol he'd never say I couldn't do anything and I still would if he said not to.

I don't understand why parents wouldn't want to encourage creativity, as long as they weren't spending loooads but once you have a nice stash it's cheaper in the long run.

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I think most of the Boomers(baby boomers) were brought up with the idea that you needed to make a living, get a good job...and art is not what they call a great career

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I wish my mom still did this, or at least taught me at a young age to . . . She used to sew ALL her own clothes, even bikinis! When I was young she would make me and my sis the most awesome Halloween costumes. One year I was a mermaid. It was the best costume ever!

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My mom is not really crafty.. but she supports me and likes what I do! She saves her old clothes for me to make stuff from. (:

Haha aw Kiddo, that's awesome. She still makes clothes? ^~^

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well, my mom loves the things i make, just she doesnt really understand why it cost so much. Luxe alpaca wool is not going to cost as much as acrylic/wool blend. She was kinda brought up with the whole femminist stuff, she got married at 27, and she had this really cool job before,and now shes a housewife and always taut her only daughter (me!) to not settle down early, go to college, ect. But us crafters are total femminists! And there the whole economy thing and im always hopping from cooking to knitting to sewing to shrinky dinks to, now, spinning. Its a pricey hobby. But its deffinitly worth it Happy

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My mom has gotten lazy and doesn't make clothes or toys anymore like she used to. She has two jobs now, so I think that has a lot to do with it. Max, that's cool that your mom saves her old stuff for you . . . very thoughtful and supportive!

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