Apparently, March is National Crochet Month. ). I found this out while reading the Red Heart, Heart Strings Blog, which discusses 25 ways to celebrate National Crochet Month. I am going to add all 25 items on their list to my crochet to-do. According to the article, “In 1994, the Craft & Hobby Association named March as National Craft Month, celebrating the creativity of all crafting. Six years later, the Crochet Guild of America named it National Crochet Month.” There is a Crochet Guild of America? Yes, the internet confirmed it. I am going to look into membership.
I have always found month long celebrations an interesting thing. There are only twelve months in a year, but infinitely more causes than twelve worth recognizing. Who decides which causes have to share? Some things are easy to see why then ended up in a month, like Irish-American Heritage Month occurring in March because of St. Patrick’s Day. (Btw… St. Patrick’s Day is my birthday!)
March is Women’s History Month because International Women’s Day is March 8th. Why is International Women’s Day March 8th? According to the United Nations International Women’s Day History of the Day “The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on 28 February. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.” Then in 1917, “Against the backdrop of the war, women in Russia again chose to protest and strike for “Bread and Peace” on the last Sunday in February (which fell on 8 March on the Gregorian calendar). Four days later, the Czar abdicated and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote.” Historical moments in suffrage movements around the world occurred in March. But it wasn’t until 1975, “During International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March.” So it makes sense to me that other women focused month long celebrations would happen in March. National Breast Implant Awareness Month and International Black Women In Jazz & The Arts Month, occur in March.
But, why is March National Craft Month and National Crochet month? I couldn’t find an answer for why March is National Craft Month. There is also no good reason why March is National Crochet Month, except for the fact that March is National Craft Month. There is some strong linkage between women and crochet and there is a specific kind of crochet referred to as Irish Lace. So, I could make something up about National Crochet Month happening in March because it is also Women’s History Month and Irish-American Heritage Month, but I won’t. We will just have to accept that March is National Craft Month and National Crochet Month just because it is. After all, March is Optimism Month, we should be optimistic even though we didn’t find a satisfactory answer.
I was already a huge fan of March, it holds my birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, reminds everyone how awesome women are and, now I know, it celebrates my favorite past-time. March for the win. Now, I am off to drink lots of coffee and disobey the recommendation given this March during National Caffeine Awareness Month.
Do you have a favorite month? Celebrate a birthday recently? have fun stories from St. Patrick’s Day? Are you excited to learn that March is National Crochet Month? Let’s Talk!