Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Disadvantages of Crochet {seriously??!}

While researching a crochet-related topic, I came upon a forum conversation on the disadvantages of crochet. I actually laughed out loud ironically, thinking "you've got to be kidding me! Seriously? Is there such a thing with crochet that would actually be considered a disadvantage?"

Some of the answers were:

* years of crocheting can lead to arthritis and/or carpal tunnel syndrome (cannot argue with this one. luckily for me, except for a stiff shoulder/elbow or a thumb, I haven't had a more serious health problem {knock on wood})

* you cannot drop down several rows as you do in knitting to fix a mistake; instead you have to frog all rows/rounds to fix it (you haven't seen my inventive methods of fixing a stitch!) 

* you get addicted to expensive yarns (Pff...No, I don't!)

hoarding yarn (lady, are you even a real hooker??)

* crocheting uses more yarn than knitting (I honestly don't care!)

* yarn takes every free space in your house (wiping tears off: I am with you on this one, sister!)

There were some ridiculous ones like you end up with too many WIPs and too many pattern collections you cannot use in a lifetime. But of course you do! You want to do several at the same time and wish you were an octopus. You could surely find good use for all those tentacles!

Now, let me ask you. What do you think is a disadvantage in crochet?

Crochet has many mental health benefits. If you missed my post on that, read it here.


egoh said...

Some of those comments are so weird! I’ve tried knitting over the years and it just isn’t me. Crochet feels like a natural activity, though, and love it! I have stashes of both cheap and pricy yarn. I have a sizable collection of hooks (I have cats that steal them!). For me, crochet is meditative, creative, relaxing... I could go on, but I think I’m preaching to the choir here. ��

Bella said...

Pfff.... as much as knitting is beneficial so is crochet... and so is paper crafting and gardening and so on :) About the arthritis this is BS (has more to do with what you EAT than what you do with your hands!!!!!!).

About the carpel tunnel that can be true if you use the the European way of holding the crochet hook where your hand is stupidly twisted and that I hate! I use the Anglo-Saxon method which is holding the hook as you would a pencil!! I tell you it's much more comfortable for your hands and you can work really fast!

But here in Portugal people are so one-minded (seems to be fashion these days to have a one-minded world and anyone disagreeing is shot down WTF!!!!!), that they say I crochet wrong! Well, I don't know but I don't get sore hands nor shoulders and I finish my works in a jiffy! xoxo Sorry for the rant ^^

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you for sharing egoh! I agree with you. Doing crafts of any sort is so calming and refreshing, lets your mind ease on... I can rent on the topic for days :)

Maya Kuzman said...

Your rant is welcome Bella :)
I cannot understand people that comment on other people's way of crocheting. Surely, some of the techniques are painful if you crochet/knit for a long time over a long period, but I think everyone should decide for themselves, whether something works for them or not. In my previous post I wrote how I hold my hook (it's not how I hold my pencil, but similar) and have never had major health issues, although I end up crocheting for the greater part of the day.

Unknown said...

Maya, Thank you for the laugh to start my morning! "Disadvantages of crochet" said no true hooker EVER!!!!

Pam said...

Haha, that's hilarious! I especially loved the hoarding "disadvantage." I guess that is a disadvantage of all crafts, haha. Thanks for the laugh today!

Kate said...

This was amusing - thank you for sharing. k^^

Maya Kuzman said...

You are welcome! :)

Maya Kuzman said...

Yes, I guess it is, Pam! Aside from my crochet things, my husband has to put up with my fabrics and my painting supplies. Luckily, I hold these under control, lol!

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you for your lovely visit Kate!

Sheltie Times said...

So what crafts don't lead to hoarding?

The only disadvantages I see are that there are things that I can't make as well with crochet as I can say with sewing and I can't sew.

Kim said... your answers to the questions, Maya. You have me chuckling away! Long Live Crochet.....and this is from a knitter. =)

My thrift store addiction said...

Thanks for sharing your fun post at Vintage Charm!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Wow! This is a first for me to hear about disadvantages of crochet. It sounds like the person doesn't like crocheting! I agree with you about how crocheting has mental health benefits. I enjoyed reading your answers to this topic.