I looked the poncho over, and although the price of $29.95 was certainly affordable, I didn't want to buy it because I felt it was UNDERVALUED. Why, I can't even buy the yarn to hand-crochet my own for $29 -- and here they were selling HAND work for less than the cost of the yarn. I wanted to buy it for her, but I didn't want to -- I was very confllicted in making this decision. We left the store; I didn't buy it. If it had been a knitted poncho, I wouldn't have thought twice about it as the majority of knit products sold in retail stores are machine made; $29 for a machine made poncho would not have given me grief in my decision making.
|Reading finished crochet work is|
like reading International Crochet Symbols:
All it takes is a bit of practice.
Last weekend my CGOA Chapter had a "Crochet in Public" meeting at the Danbury Fair Mall. After the meeting my daughter and I revisited the store that had the poncho she wanted. The poncho was now on clearance for $17; even more UNDERVALUED. Sigh. She begged. She pleaded. I caved. For the record: I am still torn; this poncho should have sold for much, much more -- I KNOW it took several human hours to create as it was hand-crocheted!
On the bright side, she is happy -- she got the poncho she fell in love with nearly six weeks ago. And, setting the undervalue issue aside, I can be a bit happy too because I now have a new stitch motif to add to my crochet references -- I've actually started creating a simple scarf/wrap for myself!
SIDE NOTE: I think it is important to state I do not plan on recreating the poncho - there'd be copyright infringement issues if I did - but rather I do like the motif - very much so!
RECOMMENDATION: I think it is important for all crocheters to know how to read stitch work. Knowing so will help with counting stitches, in ensuring stitch placement is correct, for locating errors, and for being inspired to create something wonderful. The reading of actual crochet stitches is the "old school" style of crochet patterning dating back to the earky 1800s before printed patterns arrived on the scene. Visit the threadwinder here to see some great examples of "crochet sampler" pages.
Practice. And the next time you see crochet work at a retail store, maybe you'll hear it whispering to you, "Can you read me now?"