Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Modern Knitting- It's not just for your grandma anymore.

  Once upon a time, the only people you ever heard talking about knitting seemed to be gray-haired geriatrics.  They knit ill-fitting sweaters and odd-colored socks, and quite often gave you something hand-made for Christmas that would make even the happiest most easy going elf cringe.  I would like to tell you that this is no longer the case.

  Now I am sure there are still some grandmas out there knitting up reindeer sweaters to give the grandkids this winter, but they are quickly being out-numbered by twenty-somethings who long for all things hand made and unique.  A generation of fashion conscious young women who have begun to reject the notion that knitting can't be cool.  If you don't believe me, spend an hour browsing Etsy or Ravelry.  You will find tons of patterns for everything from silly stuffed toys (my current personal project fav) to anthropologie knock-offs (ravelry anthropologie group).

  If knitting is something you've been wanting to try, but have been secretly too embarrassed to do so, now is your time!  Put the nay-sayers in their place as they marvel at the luxe new baby alpaca scarf you are wearing this winter.  I guarantee you they'll ask where you've bought it... and look at you in disbelief when you tell them it's a one-of-a-kind hand knit that they won't find anywhere.  There are tons of places to learn all the ins and outs of knitting... like I said before, youtube is a wonderful place, as is ravelry, and even online yarn shops like Knit Picks, where you can find both inexpensive yet high quality yarns, and video tutorials on just about everything.

  So go ahead, pick up those needles, and feel free to laugh at the people who try to tell you that knitting is for grandmas.  After all, for some of us it was our grandmas who opened up the possibilities of creative modern knitting... and that's pretty cool.

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