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"On Point" Comments Make Many Points about Knitting

Posted By TNNA Staff, Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Updated: Friday, August 26, 2011

On the 15th of February, NPR Radio’s "On Point” hosted by Tom Ashbrook focused on the recent resurgence of knitting. (

He interviewed four noted guests whose credentials go far beyond the space we have here. Suffice it to say, they included Susan Strawn professor of apparel design and merchandising at Dominican University; Franklin Habit popular "knitting” author, blogger and photographer; Jenna Woginrich, owner of Cold Antler Farm and Street Color, the Bay Area’s notorious "yarn bomber.”

I won’t go into the entire program . . . you can listen to that yourselves. I got caught up in reading the comments people posted . . . although I haven’t made it through all of them. But I thought they were quite interesting.

Many pointed out the physical and emotional benefits of knitting. Others talked about the relationships created by the shared passion for the art, and the communities that have sprung up through shops, web sites (Ravelry, of course was sited numerous times) and guilds.

They also made the point that it’s not just the older ladies who are knitting. There was even a comment about young boys taking up knitting to improve their dexterity . . . for video gaming.

I personally was thrilled to see comments about the value of all handwork . . . not just knitting . . .

I was surprised, though, that people are just talking about this. This resurgence actually began in 2001 and caused an enormous growth in the industry through 2007. With the meltdown of 2008-9, the needlearts industry experienced less than half the decline of the general economy. (Oops, just found a comment about when this all really started . . .)

Interesting and to the point. I’d certainly recommend checking this all out. If you already knit, you’ll enjoy reading what everyone has to say. If you don’t knit, you’ll find every reason under the sun here to pick up those needles and cast on.

Tags:  knitting  Marketing Needlearts  needlearts  Needlearts for a cause  Needlework News  NPR  TNNA  Tom Ashbrook 

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