Knitting is back and it’s hotter than ever, but this isn’t your grandma’s knitting. Although, you should probably thank her for teaching you everything you know. Whether you picked up a pair of needles at a young age or started later, there’s no doubt knitting has changed your life.
There’s real evidence suggesting knitting is therapeutic and it can instantly boost your mood. Basically, knitters are the happiest and healthiest people ever. Whether or not you believe that, knitting is definitely a powerful pastime with benefits extending way beyond that cute scarf you just made.
The number of celebrity knitters – Cameron Diaz, Kate Middleton, Sarah Jessica Parker to name a few – is steadily growing. If that’s not enough to convince you of knitting’s epic comeback, then keep reading to see why more people are picking up their grandma’s needles.
1. Knitting connects people across generations. Not only is knitting connecting young knitters with people their own age, it’s connecting people with older generations that are eager to share their expertise and knowledge. In a time where distractions like phones and tablets appear to reign supreme, knitting brings people together in a way no electronic device ever could. Despite being dubbed the most lonely generation, young people do crave meaningful connections like everyone else.
2. It’s the new yoga. Speaking of phones and everyday distractions, knitting offers a peaceful and meditative alternative to just blankly staring at a TV or computer screen. It gets people off of social media and out of their own heads so they can truly relax – just like yoga. In the fast-paced world we live in, knitting is perfect for when you just want things to slow down.
3. You can take it anywhere! Life keeps moving, even if you’re not ready. Luckily, knitting is always there to take you back. Younger generations are stressed out and they’re constantly on the go. Because knitting is so easy to carry around, it fits flawlessly into young men and women’s active lifestyles. Knitting provides instant stress relief anywhere you may be.
4. The creative possibilities are limitless. Now that we’ve established the negative impact of technology, let’s talk about the good parts. You’d be hard pressed to find a young person without a smartphone, but that’s part of the reason knitting is trendy again. People have access to infinite amounts of knowledge right at their fingertips, which means that people have access to all sorts of creative knitting opportunities. Young and old knitters are eager to share their ideas and patterns for others to use freely. It’s safe to say that knitters aren’t just making baby blankets and pot holders anymore.
5. It’s unique. It’s easy to blend in when everything around you is moving so quickly, which is why younger individuals are always looking for a way to stand out. Yes, not everyone is a knitter. But, the real magic is what knitting allows you to create. More and more magazines are featuring “Chic and Fashionable” knit accessories to make and wear. Just like any craft, knitters can add their own personal touches to the items they make. Rest assured, you won’t be able to find many unique homemade knit accessories at just any old department store.
6. Knitting is fulfilling – in more ways than one. Younger generations want to express themselves in creative and productive ways. Knitting offers just that. It’s fulfilling to work on something tangible with real results. Plus, homemade knitted goods make for some wonderful heartfelt gifts for friends and family that you can proudly say you made yourself. Perhaps even more fulfilling, is giving away knitted items to people in need. Knitters take pride in giving back to their communities and making even the smallest of difference in someone’s life.
7. Knitting is practical. Knitting designs and patterns provide innumerable – not to mention cute – opportunities to make a high quality goods that are useful in some way. Knitters don’t have to depend on large companies to make them a quality scarf or shawl when they can just make it themselves. It’s not only less expensive, it’s a way to ensure that the items they spend money on will last for years to come. Today people are more weary of big companies and mass produced commodities. Knitting is a way for many people to reject consumerist ideals by using their own creativity and prowess.
People’s reasons for knitting will vary widely and it’s fun to ask your fellow knitters how they got started because you might just hear something that will surprise you. Whatever your personal motives are, you can take pride in the fact that you are a trend-setter and a leader in what is possibly the greatest comeback in knitting history.
And, if you’re not already knitting, I hope there’s no question that this trend is something you’d at least like to try. If not for the amazing health and fulfillment benefits, then at least for the stylish accessories!