I met a new friend last night - Jess. She's coming to the Little Red Barn to get a little more confident about her crocheting, and maybe a little bit of knitting help as well.
She's not starting from scratch - she's knitted scarves and hats and even made a little pin money by selling some. But a "well meaning" teacher (I'll give her the benefit of the doubt) has undermined her confidence and convinced her that there is a Right Way to do things, and Jess isn't doing it.
There's right and wrong in the moral code. But there's no right and wrong in knitting and crochet. There are only ways that work better and ways that don't work as well for each particular crafter. Is English knitting "right" and Continental knitting "wrong?" Uh, no. Is there only one way to cast on? Insane! Jess is a bright young mom with the gumption to overcome the naysayers and the tsk-tsk-ers and press on.
She's also looking for some good fiber friendship. Did she come to the right place, friends, or what? Tonight she started a scarf, and next week, we're making hats. You go, Jess! You totally rock.