As a designer, I’m very interested in being involved in the fiber industry beyond just a fun social stitching group. Plus, I’m one of those perfectionist sorts who likes to make sure I’m doing things “right”. Knitting and crocheting don’t really have “rights” or “wrongs” as long as you’re happy with the end result. However, if you need some reassurance now and then or if you’re looking for sizing information or want to take your crafting to the next level, it does help to have some sort of standard to compare yourself to. I’ve been compiling a list of organizations that I refer to, and wanted share, in case anyone else would find it helpful.
- Craft Yarn Council – let’s just call them a one-stop shop for pretty much anything!
- The Knitting and Crochet Guilds of America – check them out if you’re looking to start a group or for masters programs.
- Ravelry – if I need to explain why you should be on Ravelry, then you’re in trouble! 🙂
- National Association of Independent Artists – for those of you interested in joining the craft show circuit and turning your craft into an art form.
- And for all my generous, big-hearted charity crafters – you already had a blog post all to yourselves. 🙂
If anyone knows of other organizations that you think should be on this list, please don’t be shy about sharing! We crafters are a good bunch – I’m very happy, proud, and fulfilled to be part of the community. Happy Friday to all of you!