However, EVERYONE looks in the clearance bins at yarn shops or needlework departments at hobby stores.
When we find reduced priced yarn, we are still careful with what we buy; 80% of the respondents would buy only matching skeins, or only what they could use, or if they had a specific project in mind for the yarn.
One Crochet Partner listed some stats that 68% of us spend only $2- $7 per skein of yarn. And only 42% of us buy fashion novelty yarns. Now I can’t verify those stats, but they do fit in with what I discovered.
The vast majority of us (86%) cut the discount coupons from hobby store ads, but only half of us use that coupon. ‘Can’t get to the store in time’ was the number one reason folks did not use the coupon.
What did surprise me was the buying preferences of publications and pattern books. There was no clear cut pattern. Equal number of respondents looked at leaflets, books, magazines, and individual patterns. They equally bought new and clearance publications. The only true indicator of a specific attitude was that 55% of the respondents preferred to buy a publication that had several patterns that they would want to try.
What all of these facts tell me is that most of the crocheters in my poll are mature, well established in life, know what they can and cannot spend, and are diverse in their talents. They know what they want, and don’t want; they tend to be less adventurous and prefer to work with what they know.
Although they are primarily concerned with the cost of something, they consider the Value of their purchases, more so than the cost.
Another surprise for me was the number of folks who taught themselves to crochet. I know that my attitudes and buying habits were all learned from my grandmother who taught me how to crochet as a child. I suspected that other crocheters’ buying habits were affected by their teachers, but my research doesn’t support that assumption.
Most of the respondents preferred to crochet over knitting. That isn’t a surprise, since most of the respondents learned to crochet first. It is human nature to prefer something you can do better. However, even knitters have told me through the years that crochet is faster, and they crochet larger items like blankets, but prefer to knit clothing items.
It is a well known fact that regular crochet requires more yarn/thread than Knitting. Crochet is much faster than knitting, for the majority of people who do both. This means that crocheters can finish more projects a month that most knitters, and they need more yarn to complete these projects, so by simple math alone, this will force them to be more conservative with their spending habits.
This does not explain why folks who are financially secure and have no spending limits on their hobbies... still prefer to work with less expensive/simple yarns. I know many folks like this; I’m one of them!
I believe that my shopping habits were totally formed by the way my grandmother shopped and the status she placed on her hobby. But where did she get her ideas? She didn’t learn to crochet until she was a grown woman learning from friends. Many of the folks who responded to my polls were self taught, and yet they still prefer the simpler yarns. So the reasons must go deeper and farther back into history.
The simple truth is that no one can find the definitive evidence to prove when Crochet and Knitting were created.
Archeologist have found samples of a possible precursor to Knitting in the tombs of Egypt over 5000 years old; they have found tools for spinning, weaving and needlework throughout the history of mankind; they have found written records describing Nun’s Work (used for decorating the altar and sanctuary) in church records, but no where have they found those surviving pieces or actual written instructions that can tell us when Knitting and Crochet were created.
Another unique fact: Historians have found knitted pieces from relatively recent history that survived, but no crochet.
About the only thing most historians agree on, is that Knitting came first, and that Crochet is probably the descendant of a needlepoint method known as Tambour en Air.