A few Christmases ago I took the plunge: I asked for a set of knitting supplies.
I had been intrigued for a while by the idea of making my own scarves and other accessories. Christmas morning I was set with two knitting books, yarn, and multiple sets of knitting needles. After a year of struggling with a truly hideous scarf (plus a few good ones), I decided my yarn crafting should go to the next level. So, the following Christmas I asked for crocheting supplies. My aunt delivered.
No, I’m not an old woman who covers up in a quilt and makes hats for the grandkids, despite the fact my dad has thrown out a few “Grandma Sarah” references. Knitting and crocheting are becoming part of the Gen Y culture, and it was many of my peers in college that inspired me to give it a try.
Here’s my take on the reasons why the college set has embraced the craft.
Something to do
College students are on the go a lot of the time. We like to relax, but many people like me start to get a little restless sitting still for too long watching a movie. Knitting and crocheting are perfect activities to add into the mix and can easily be done while catching up on your favorite shows.
It can be a social activities
Shortly after I learned to wield the hook I taught my friend how to crochet. She took off with it and spent the semester as a scarf-making machine. Crocheting ended up being one of our pastimes, and we would often work on projects while hanging out in each other’s rooms listening to music or watching movies (we DID have social lives, I promise!). The Women’s Center on campus also offered Knit Nights when people could congregate, socialize and work.
It’s a relatively cheap hobby
You can purchase knitting needles for around $4.00 and crochet hooks for as cheap as a $1.75. Yarn can run as cheap as $3.00. There are high-end supplies that can hurt the college budget, but many of the lower end yarns yield nice pieces. And, when it comes to Christmas time and birthdays, your projects can make nice, affordable gifts.
You can do some good
Many of the things you make can go to a good cause. A few years ago one of my sorority sisters decided to make and collect 50 scarves for a local women’s shelter. My aunt, while being treated for cancer, decided to make and donate hats to a local children’s hospital for kids going through chemotherapy. There are also many charities that take handmade goods, and they usually provide free patterns. Check out this link to learn about some of those organizations.
It can connect you to past generations
My aunt has been crocheting and knitting since she was little. She’s the one that taught me how to do both. Learning from her was something that connected me to my family, which has a long history of artistic skills (quilting, painting, sewing, etc.). I encourage you to take the opportunity to learn crafts such as these from your own family members.
If you’re interested in getting started, I recommend checking out the Stitch n’ Bitch series, which offers young and hip patterns and has books for both crochet and knitting. Their website also has a page to find knitting groups in your area and instructions on how to start your own. Crochet Today Magazine also offers fun, stylish projects with many tutorials for beginners.
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