Rant...you've been warned
May. 4th, 2006 @ 10:04 am
I consider what you call "art yarns" to be one-off eye candy nonsense. I've spent ten years honing my craft with great care to make the best possible yarns that look good and wear well. I don't even sell any singles yarns because I find they just don't hold up and tend to pill.
I'm glad you brought up this rant. I think the art yarn trend will eventually simmer down; it's kind of like the bulky yarns/bulky knits trend in that respect. Eventually, a certain percentage of folks become good enough knitters and spinners that they get past the instant, transitory gratification stage and get on with wanting and creating the real thing, the thing with true staying power.
I had to shake my head with wonder and wry amusement when I saw someone trying to sell their poorly spun yarns that were full of feather inclusions. Just wait 'til they try to wash anything knit from that stuff. Ha!
When I demo and folks wonder why on earth I would take the time to make my handspun yarns when I could buy cheap yarns, I don't let it get to me. There's just no comparison. Mainly I stress the pride and sense of love and ownership I have for the handspun I keep and sell, and the joy of mastering a fine craft. It's kind of like comparing homemade cookies from scratch and store-bought cookies in a box or bag. People do understand that analogy. I also make sure to bring along pictures of the animals from whom the fibers came, if possible, and all the skeins are named by their fiber animal too. Personalizes things a bit, and customers seem to get and like that.
Re: The Art of Yarn.
I haven't tried the cookie analogy yet - but I will. Thanks!
I have a notebook that I haul along to the "educational" demos. It's got samples of some of the fibers I've spun (I keep forgetting to pull a bit off and put it in there), some dye experiments, and various yarn samples (again - I keep forgetting to keep a sample). People are always amazed - I have Pyr fluff and yarn, angora (rabbit) fluff, camel down, will soon have cow hair (Highland)/yarn (3 ply) - they don't realize all the fibers that are available.
The biggest hit, though? The kool-aid and easter-egg dyed samples. *g* Ooooh...think I'll go raid the grocery store and run a batch of KA roving for Arlington.....
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