Posted by: GourmetGirl | August 23, 2011

Knitting in the 21st Century

Reading about knitting history makes me think of all the changes in knitting – especially since the start of cyperspace.

Where would we all be without the internet? And does the internet and the communities it offers, change the way knitter’s knit?

You are probably thinking: “Dah! Of Course!”

But, think about it – don’t you still knit, purl and yarn over? Isn’t it still just moving around string with sticks?

I think the biggest change of the 21st century in knitting is the ability to have a knitting community.

There always have been knitting communities: in someone’s home, church, community center, library, etc. Those communities have not been available to all knitters. Many knitter’s in the past have knitted alone and have only been able to advance their knitting skills by reading.

Now you can watch a YouTube video about how to work a move or technique. You can “chat” with a knitter thousands of miles away on how they proceeded on a project. It really is fabulous.

Unfortunately what it has also changed is the drive for larger needles and fast projects. “Main stream” knitting is what can be published the fastest and knitted up the quickest. And as with everything today – the drive of the almighty dollar.

But, in the mists of the whirling cyber knitting, one still can find the knitter who looks for designs that are pushing the envelope of creativity and craft. They are out there. Some are posted on the internet and even more are knitted, worn and admired without the aide of technology of the 21st century.

As I am caught up in 21st century knitting, I am constantly being torn – smaller, simpler projects?  – or – More intricate challenging projects?

What kind of 21st knitter are you?

Happy Knitting Your Way,

Nancy

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Responses

  1. > Unfortunately what it has also changed is the drive for larger needles and fast projects. “Main stream” knitting is what can be published the fastest and knitted up the quickest.

    Are you kidding? This was true several years ago but is not the case today. Just look at the surge in popularity of lace shawls, whether knit in actual laceweight or fingering weight. Look at the most popular patterns on Ravelry and the increasing number of magazine patterns knit in DK weight or finer. While yarn companies are still making bulky yarns, they are most certainly *out* at the moment for everything but coats and cowls. Finer weight yarns have not been this popular for two or three decades, at least.

    Also, please don’t take this the wrong way, but it’s hard to take you seriously when something as important as your brand/blog name is spelled incorrectly on your home page. (“Knitter Gourment Blog”) You might try running the text of your Web pages through Microsoft Word or something.

  2. Thank you.
    It is nice to know someone is reading……….


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