Ingrid Bergman (Ilsa): A franc for your thoughts.
Humphrey Bogart (Rick): In America they'd bring only a penny, and, huh, I guess that's about all they're worth.
~Quotes from the 1942 movie, Casablanca
Have you ever walked into a local yarn shop, and as a crocheter, felt unwanted? Readers, my question to you is do you stay and purchase the materials you wanted anyway, or do you walk out and shop else where?
I have felt this sting of "dis-cro-mination" many times (remember this fiasco?); the latest jab happened is this week. And it hurts. It hurts not just me, but also the local yarn shop at fault as well because it could have been a beautiful relationship. I was willing. Unfortunately, LYS, you couldn't see past the pointed stick crowd to see me standing there, money in hand, wanting to shop just like everyone else there.
Yeah, I'm talking about you, LYS, you know who you are -- the one who said crocheters are cheap; they never spend a dime. That we don't appreciate using nice yarn, that our projects lack drape, lack proper fit, and just lack. Period.
You couldn't be more wrong, LYS. In fact, here is what I'd like for you to take a gander at today, LYS. It's what you are lacking today. It's a $468 purchase I made earlier today at another shop that welcomed my single stick with a notch at the end. This could have been -- should have been -- your sale!
LYS, may I suggest you read the article, "Discouraging Dis-cro-mination" written by Gwen Blakley-Kinsler in the January 2008 issue of YMN magazine. Page 40. Every word rings true.
If you want me, and other's like me, who crochet AND spend money, creating stunning projects with our notched stick, then you need to make changes. But I wouldn't wait too long, as once I have a beautiful relationship going with another shop, I may not want to return to you. Ever.
PS: Karen & Karen: It was great bumping into you two today! I hope you had just as much fun shopping as I did! :)