One evening after a few glasses of wine and a long workday I sat on the floor with a project in front of me. I wanted to re-create a faux fur rug using yarn. But after completing the first row I had become painfully aware that this project was going to take me 25 years to finish if I completed it the “proper way” and hand looped it. I also knew that with a little help from my hot glue gun I could have it done in about an hour.
After a few minutes of sitting at this crossroads, I decided to take this question to social media with a simple poll. The polarizing responses I received made me start thinking about other crafting confessions I have. But it also made me wonder about the crafting confessions that are lurking in everyone else’s brains. So I decided to ask the question, “What are your crafting confessions and deep dark crafting secrets?”
The responses were better than I could have imagined and I’m excited to share them with you today. Here are my top 15 favorite responses to this question along with my honest reactions to them.
Disclaimer: These are not for the faint of heart. While I try to understand everyone’s perspectives and tell everyone that this is a safe space where they can be as honest as possible, I also know that these will be difficult for many of you to read. Crafters were VERY candid in their answers. Continue at your own risk.
I have a Ph.D. in avoiding swatching and completely endorse this opinion.
… only ten??? Have you ever had a moment when you realize that your definition of normal and someone else’s definition of normal are very different? This was that moment for me because I have WAY more than ten projects going right now … I might have a problem.
Sure, the appropriate response would be to try to help this person work through their anxiety and tell them to keep practicing. However, I would like to offer another solution. No more sleeves. There are some amazing sleeveless patterns out there. Lean in to what makes you happy and avoid the rest.
I’m going to be honest, the debate between outer-strand vs center-pull has always felt like the debate between left Twix vs right Twix. I’ve heard that one creates an extra twist in the yarn. [Editor’s note: We’ve got a post about that right here.] But because I agree with the first confession above I will probably never swatch to test this theory.
This is one of the only confessions I have to disagree with. When making things for ourselves we should make it perfectly because we’ll know the difference. When making things for others the rules go out the window. They won’t know what it was supposed to look like. When asked why their sweater has a hole in the middle of the back simply tell them it’s a vent. Smile, say you’re welcome, and walk away.
You have to learn how to block so that you can then choose not to block out of laziness. [Editor’s Note: We can help with that too—expert blocking tips right here.] You shouldn’t avoid blocking because you don’t know how. You should avoid it because it’s your choice.
I’m not sure what your ends did to you to make you call them heifers but I did the same thing to mine!
This is brilliant. I will be adopting this plan going forward. It’s so much better than frogging a project and having to start over!
This is all I have to say.
I’m so glad that this confession came through because when confession “I’ve got 10 WIPs” came through I began to think that I had a problem. But maybe “Crafter 10 WIPs” is the one that needs to change and get on our level!
Everyone is free to express their opinions here … even if they’re wrong.
Please know that I am merely the messenger. I think by now you all understand why these are anonymous.
In the MDK Shop
If fringe is the devil then call me possessed.
The level of ingenuity and resourcefulness in this community is truly inspiring. Also, I feel like nail polish brands are missing out on this corner of their market.
I give this one a standing ovation and a round of applause for their honesty. MacGyver would be impressed.
I want to thank everyone for their honesty and look forward to reading the comments section on this one! You can watch even more of my reactions on the Bobble Club House Instagram page. I post new confessions and unpopular crafting opinions every month.