I’ve got a bit of a bone to pick today….why is it so popular to advertise that this is “Not Your Grandma’s Crochet” or “Not Your Grandma’s Knitting” lately!?
Now I totally understand that yarn crafts tend to carry a stigma with them….It’s the kind of stigma that has all my acquaintances thinking I sit at home underneath a dim reading lamp, crocheting a lace doily using off-white yarn, with curlers in my hair and giant reading glasses on. Though they’re not that far off on the reading glasses part (ha!), the rest is total stereotyping. The term “Not You Grandma’s….” is just an attempt to let people know that the traditional thoughts about knitters and crocheters are far from the truth these days.
A more modern crafter may be a young mother keeping her hands busy while watching the kids play outside. Or maybe she’s a trendy grandmother making the most adorable photography props for her new granddaughter’s first photos. Or maybe she’s even doing exactly what people imagine….quietly knitting a doily by the light of a lamp. Whatever the case, it’s clear that you and I don’t just knit or crochet for purely practical purposes anymore. We pull from our unique styles to create something that we consider a masterpiece. We aren’t just crafters. We’re artists.
With that said, though, I’m still just not a fan of the phrase “Not Your Grandma’s.” I guess it may be because my Grandma was entirely NOT crafty, or that the crafting Grandmas I look up to (my husband’s two amazing Grandmothers) are so incredibly amazing at their crafts that they’re all I can aspire to be one day.
These are the people who passed down the wonderful abilities that we possess today. They’re the women who taught us to sit still long enough to bring a vision to life and enjoy the fruits of our own labor. They’re the ones who gave us the skills to pass on to our children, and to make the current trendy projects that we’re working on. They made our babies clothes and blankies so intricate that we can only hope to do the same for our grandbabies someday, and they’ve given every member of the family some amazingly special handmade piece from throws, to purses, to socks.
These women ROCK!
So I’m thinking we need to start a movement. Perhaps instead of “Not Your Grandma’s Knitting” we should say “You Should Wish it Were as Good as Your Grandma’s Knitting” or maybe “Evolutionized From Grandma’s Crochet” or perhaps “Far From Your Grandma’s Style, Yet Still Uses a Hook and Yarn.”
I think for me personally, I’ll start saying, “Striving to Become Your Grandma’s.”
What are your thoughts? Do you use the phrase “Not Your Grandma’s…” and if so, what does it mean to you?