I am back on my normal schedule today. Actually for once I am right on the time line I was projecting for the day. Not often I meet it so closely. It's nice when you meet goals with time to spare.
Doily is on the blocking board, I will take care of the pattern this afternoon. Plus I have one more that needs to be readied for my testers. Then I will free to do some experimentation this afternoon for another design. Thats when I am the happiest I think. When I am playing with ideas an watching them come together.
While working this morning on finishing up this doily I was thinking about how we are perceived by others. ( Crochet Designers as a whole ) When some one asks what I do and I tell them I design crochet I get such a myriad of responses. Mostly though It oh my ( insert relation ) crocheted. It was a such nice hobby for them. Sometimes I get the oh that's nice response and sometimes they look at me with a blank expression on their face. Those I do try and explain what Crochet is and what patterns are and why designers are needed.
But how many of these people actually think I am doing something of value? If I worked in factory assembling a product then I would be gainfully employed. But I work here at home assembling something that never existed before except as an idea. In many ways that is tougher. I have no blueprint, no specifications, just an idea and my tools. But I always get the feeling that they think I am just playing. If only they knew how driven a person with ideas can be they would know better.
You know it's like cooking. Lots of people cook. Some more seriously than others. Then there are Chefs that produce food for others to consume. That is their job. They create new dishes, and serve them up for us, or create new recipes for us to enjoy. They are respected and no one thinks they are playing. We should have the same sort of respect. Yes your granny could cook but was she a chef? If she was wonderful! But if not please don't put me in the same category. I am a chef and the average cook needs me to create the recipes that they use in their everyday lives.
Crochet is important to so many people. It helps relieve stress. It fills the creative void in others. It helps people create and own something they desire. It's really a big industry and I feel honored to be a small part of it. But I would like someday to be have people take is as a real career.
I guess I am fantasizing about have people take me seriously. Maybe in the future.....