Do you ever think about how lucky we are, as knitters? I do. There couldn’t be a better time to take up knitting (or start again after many years of non-knitting), because we have an amazing world of fibre and equipment and inspiration and design out there, just waiting for us to join in. Look at what we’ve got: a superb range of yarns, for every budget, for every type of knitting, for every taste. Hand dyed, hand spun, art yarn, recycled yarn, cobweb to super chunky, in every shade of the rainbow (often in the same skein!). Allergic to wool? No problem, because there’s yarn out there made from practically every substance known to man, from shellfish to soy to steel. And look at our equipment, luxurious rosewood needles, sets of interchangeables, clever yarn swifts for winding, handmade stitchmarkers, glow in the dark needles, handcrafted knitting bags.
And inspiration? We’ve got that by the bucketload! Never has there been so many designers debuting knitting patterns, so many knitting magazines (free, web based, print, subscription), so many fabulous books. If you’re a lace knitter, a sock knitter, a colourwork knitter, a cable knitter, a scarf knitter, an entrelac knitter, a freeform knitter, whatever, there’s a range of designs out there to make your head whirl.
And look at the community we’ve got, a global knitting family, exchanging advice and inspiration and support. Blogs, knitting forums, Ravelry! RAVELRY! Lord, I practically live on that site. If you aren’t part of Ravelry yet, I do apologise for the gratuitous rubbing-in, but its the best thing ever to hit the Internet. Just wait and see for yourself.
I can’t wait to see what 2008 brings to the knitting world, because this peak shows no signs of dropping. We all thought 2007 was going to be a big year for knitters, but I suspect that 2008 will be more exciting still. Have you noticed how many of your friends and family have either taken up knitting again, started knitting for the first time, or are showing distinct leanings in that direction? I counted mine up yesterday, and 8 of my friends/family have started knitting in the last 6 months, and I’ve got my beady eye on another 10 or so. Knitting is huge, people!!
I’m just so excited to be part of it all, and grateful too. Aren’t you?