I once saw a bumper sticker type thing saying "Spinning, because knitting/crochet is not weird enough". OK it just said knitting, but I feel the need to add crochet in there too, since I don't knit!
It struck a chord with me, I think lots of people view handcrafts in that same way. Why make something yourself (from scratch) when you can go to a shop and buy it cheaper? Without the effort? I remember the time some mothers at playgroup said, in a not very nice way "I can only make a mess" once they discovered I'd made an item of clothing for one of my kids. I got the feeling they didn't think it was worth the time and effort.
Why indeed? Why take the time to spin fibre and then crochet/knit it into something functional? Why knit or crochet at all? Why sew clothes for your children when you can buy them so cheaply at shops? Why not go with the instant option?
Well, for one, taking the time to do something, make something with our hands is something special. The act of taking the time to make something for someone (or just for yourself) means a lot in today's throwaway, instant world! It's not always about saving money (crafters know this for sure!) but creating something that isn't mass produced. It's about doing something our ancestors did and making sure the skills and information remain for future generations. It's about having time away from television and computer screens and holding something tactile in our hands.
Getting back to basics and taking time to relax and enjoy the process, knitting, crochet, sewing or even cooking! It's good for you and your soul and that my friends is - priceless!
(The pictures are of a cowl I made this week, my handspun yarn 50/50% Merino and silk and a make-it-up pattern.)