I have always been the black sheep of my family. Not in a criminal, lurker, weirdo sort of way - but rather in a plays with yarn, craft supplies, and cardstock sort of way. My family is awesome. I love them to pieces. But they enjoy playing cribbage, watching sports, and participating in activities that are generally perceived as much cooler than knitting.
I have been this way my entire life. I was never stylish. I didn't follow the crowd and do "cool" things. Having the right clothing labels never shook me up. I didn't stay out past curfew. And my friends & I actively participated in band, choir, SADD, and drama club. I've always followed the beat of a different drummer.
When I started to learn to knit, crochet, sew, and scrapbook, people giggled and rolled their eyes at me because clearly these were activities only grannies or bored housewives engaged in. It wasn't until I started participating in social media, that I realized that there were other crafters out there who were also under retirement age. There were other knitters who'd rather spend their free time whipping up a funky pair of striped socks while listening to an audiobook than going to a tailgating party. (Not that there is anything wrong with sports, tailgate parties, or the people who enjoy them. I know a lot of knitters who enjoy them as well.) There were others who'd rather sit in a knitting/crochet/sewing circle than at a poker table. There were others who wanted to spin fiber, not take a spinning class at the local gym. Now, I am sure that there are crafters who also enjoy sports, athletics, games, cards, and the like as well as crafts. And like I said, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. But for so long, I felt like the square peg BECAUSE I didn't enjoy those things.. BECAUSE no one I knew enjoyed the same things I did.
Thanks to social media, I've found multitudes of people who speak my language. Instead of "fumble" they yell "frog." Instead of "TD" they yell "FO!" Instead of offense and defense, they talk about right sides together. Their lingo consists of WIPs, RS, WS, pinning, blocking, Neibling, Elizabeth Zimmermann, Ravelry, Moda, Singer, Addi, Boye, dc2tog, mattress stitch, roving, batts, merino, gauge, seam allowance, Mod Podge, Fray Check, stitch markers.. et cetera. (I could go on forever!) The point is, they speak my language. They "get" me. They understand my passion for crafting. They know what it is to crave creativity. They have stayed up 2 hrs past bedtime to complete just one more pattern repeat!
So to all of the sports fanatics who play fantasy football, watch every game of the season, collect sports stats and memorbillia, host social events around sporting events, and proudly wear the jersey of their favorite players: this is not so different from me carrying around a bag of knitting, going to knitting group once a week, joining a forum to chat about the season's best new patterns, and wearing sheep pins. My interests may be different from yours, but I'm not alone. There's a community of crafters out there who strive to make every day stimulating and beautiful. And I'm one of them.
Black sheep: Baa on!