Breaking Down Crafty Preconceptions

I don’t think I fit the target audience for these things.

Yesterday, the yarn for the little TMNT dolls I’ll be making came in the mail. I’m used to getting promotional materials when shipments come in.

I mean, come on. I at least send a business card with orders from my shop and commissions.

When I opened the package, I found the pictured magazine and pamphlets.

Heh. Heh heh.

I think I may be a little younger than their target demographic. Aging is a natural part of life, but I’m not quite there yet.

This did make me chuckle a little bit, but it also highlighted how much knitting and crochet has changed over the years. When I was growing up, it was always one of those hobbies for older ladies to do. Kids and teenagers just weren’t supposed to have any interest in it.

For the most part, I didn’t have a whole lot of interest in it, either. I did do a tiny bit of sewing, but I was more occupied with things like being in plays or musicals, martial arts, reading fantasy books and writing fan fiction. Sure, I was still pretty geeky, but crafting with yarn didn’t become an interest until after high school.

Since then, it’s gained in popularity with the younger crowd. I don’t think it’s quite as popular as other hobbies, but the degree of interest is still fantastic.

The take away I get from this is how useless it is to make assumptions about someone based on their hobbies. Trends change all the time, and people do things for different reasons.

Some assumptions can be a little on the entertaining side, when it comes to crafts, but they do nothing but minimize the effort it takes to master any sort of art and reduces a multifaceted human being into a stereotype.

Although I’m someone who tries to avoid holding on to preconceived notions, I do still fall prey to them time to time. That’s one of the hazards of living up in any type of culture. However, I when I spot them, I actively combat them with research about the topic. The only one who can change my mind is me, after all.

Nothing is ever quite as simple as it seems at first.

As for today, I think I’ll embrace my ‘old lady habit’ and see what my inner geek decides to come up with.

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