It happens to me all the time; does it ever happen to you?
I went to get my hair cut this morning -without an appointment, and the lady who usually cuts my hair was not there. We are leaving on a trip Thursday, so I really wanted to get it done today. So I said I would be more than happy to let another lady in the salon give me a hair cut. She was very sweet, and after she shampooed me, got me settled in the chair, and we agreed on the cut I wanted, she started chatting. "So, what do you do?" she asked.
"I am a crochet designer" I said.
"Crochet? Like making blankets and stuff?" she asked.
"Well, sort of, but I usually make things out of thread," I told her.
"Thread?" she said- I could tell she didn't have a clue as to what I meant.
"Do you know what a doily is?" I asked, "That is the kind of thing I do."
"Oh, okay!" she said "My Grandmother used to do stuff like that."
"Here it comes," I thought, and I was right.
"It is so cool that you do that," she said. "That is really a dying art!"
I smiled, like I always do; I cannot tell you how many times I have been told crochet is a "dying art" and almost invariably this statement is made by a person who has no idea which end of a crochet hook is up.
I personally think crochet is very much alive and doing well. There seem to be more and more crocheters all the time. But maybe I am out of touch with the "real world."
But let me ask you; do people ever say this to you? Do you have a clever (but polite!) response to this statement?
Because I know everytime I pull out my crochet work in public, some well meaning person is going to go out of their way to tell me how my beloved art is doomed, done for, on it's last leg. And I really wish I had a good response to tell them otherwise.