For several years now, one can read articles like “knitting is reviving”, “the great return of knitting”, “knitting is trendy” … Over a short period of time, we can see imagine that the knitting will be well. Wool sales have never been better, merceries are refueling … Nevertheless, it is not just the result, it is the activity itself. There are trends that could significantly change knitting. For example, more and more enthusiasts and amateurs now prefer not to use animal fibers, others connect knitting to animal cruelty. Some knitters have also confided in me a certain fear about the technologies that are coming … To see more clearly, we will review together the past and present of knitting.
In this way, we will be able to answer this question more easily: will we always knit in 10, 20, 30 or 100 years?
Knitting has a rich history
In the 21st century, knitting is essentially considered a hobby for many. However, knitting was in fact a necessity. It is a productive activity with as a result the creation of clothes to protect people from the cold.
It is difficult to confirm where the knitting comes from. Historical records indicate that knitting certainly began somewhere in the Middle East, where the first civilizations appeared. Perhaps knitting was invented out of necessity (“necessity is the mother of invention”).
Other cultures in different parts of the world may have invented knitting or at least another activity that resembles it. As mentioned before, it’s probably out of necessity. Men then had almost the same needs and desires.
Whatever its origin, knitting was invented to protect people from the cold and bad weather. Over the centuries, knitting has been practiced as a hobby or to produce decorative pieces. Until today, knitting is still practiced by necessity. However, it is more popular now as a hobby.
The modern popularity of knitting
Previously, know-how passed only by generational word of mouth. In addition, materials and supplies were not widely available today.
But in the last decades and years, more and more people are asking for specific supplies and materials for knitting. As a result, supplies became more available. And yes, the law of supply and demand my good lady! We can even order online if we need yarns, needles, patterns and knitting accessories – that’s how easy it is to get wool today.
Another reason for its recent popularity is certainly also due to the availability of resources for learning. You can buy and download models online. You can also search for videos, blogs that will help you realize your project.
More importantly, more and more people are interested in arts and crafts. This is particularly the case with knitting where people can produce something real, real. It’s no longer for grandmothers! Younger people are also doing it, for my pleasure 🙂
From time to time, we look for variety, diversity, but the Internet and modern life still can not satisfy it. This is because we are distracted by everything that comes from our screens.
Take the time, rest… and knit!
I am convinced that this “classic and timeless” hobby allows us to concentrate, to ask ourselves. We take a short break from the modern demands of life that everything goes faster and faster. With knitting, you can sit down and focus on the present moment.
This art of wool, like many other creative hobbies, allows us to focus on one task. Indeed, manual work often has the effect of “forcing” us to concentrate so that we can understand a boss for example or remain attentive on a particularly complex point.
Why do we choose to knit?
Some people just want to try something new and spend some time. But once they have started, it can be very difficult to stop. It’s as if a new world has opened to them. A world full of possibilities, because there are things to learn and to follow.
Others are predisposed to manual work. They always want to do something with their hands. Knitting can satisfy this need because it can easily be brought anywhere with us.
Still others, just appreciate the technique itself for the well-being it can bring them and the strong social bond it creates.
What will knitting look like in 10, 20, 30, 100 years?
Even with considerable technological advances (artificial intelligence, robotics), it is likely that knitting will survive and people will continue to practice this activity. It has already survived centuries of global development, why would it stop?
With knitting, you can do something useful for a loved one such as a jacket or hat. You can also create a home or kitchen accessory that you can use every day …
After 10 years and even more, our homes, our cities will be completely different. Almost everything will certainly be powered by electricity and computers. Speed, convenience and automation could be the key words of the next decade.
As a result, we can do more things faster. Most routine and repetitive tasks could eventually be automated. One interesting thing that could happen is that we will have more free time in this way … We may have more time for recreation, like knitting.
I think that modern life can help the resurgence of knitting, again and again! Even if robotics and artificial intelligence could radically change our ways of living and working, the knitting will remain the same over the years.
New fibers will certainly appear, new techniques and new materials too, but basic movements, the essence of knitting will never go away.