On the 15th of February, NPR Radio’s "On Point” hosted by Tom Ashbrook
focused on the recent resurgence of knitting. (http://onpoint.wbur.org/2011/02/15/knitting-resurgence)
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.