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5 Reasons Why You Should Learn How To Knit

Updated on May 1, 2009

Knitting is for Grannies

Wrong! Knitting has enjoyed a glorious rebirth along with the milennium. Many young, hip things knit on planes, trains and automobiles. They knit scarves, sweaters, socks, and even thongs (yes, I'm talking about underwear). Knitting is the sexiest new hobby (hmm, maybe I should do a "sexy knitters hub") and anyone can join in the fun. There are plenty of places where you can learn how to knit, but I'm going to tell you why you should knit.

Knitting is Anti-Sweatshop

A great way to show that you don't support cheap labor and unfair work conditions is by making your own clothes. It's all well and good to protest, but unless you actively do something about it, nothing will ever change. Handknitting a garment will also make you realize how much work goes into making clothing in the first place. Sure we can make things more quickly with machines now, but cheap clothing ultimately comes from cheap labor.

Perfect Fit, Perfect Color

Knitting your own clothing is great because you can choose your color, and you can alter the fit so that the garment is perfect for your body. No longer will you have to suffer from shirts that are too large in the stomach and too narrow in the chest. When you make your own clothing, you can knit to your unique measurements, which looks darn hot.

Cross-Generational Connection

Knitting is an age old art going back thousands of years. There are even paintings of the Virgin Mary using double pointed needles to knit in the round. When you learn how to knit you connect yourself not only with your living relatives, like Grandma Ester and Great Aunt Eliza, but you also connect yourself to thousands of years of heritage of creation and knitting.

Keep Your Hands Busy

How many times have you ever been stuck at a really boring family gathering, wishing for maybe an earthquake or zombie apocalypse to get you out of there? Knitting is a great remedy to any boring situation, from dull conversation to the TV show your spouse loves but you hate. Turn all those wasted minutes into productive time, you won't feel half as useless.

Torture Babies and Animals

Knitting is great for making items for yourself, but what about those items that are so cute they are almost vomit worthy? No adult in their right, uninebriated mind would wear them, but they're just so darn cute. What do you do? Stick them on babies and small animals of course! They won't protest, and you can take lots of pictures for proof! These are great reminders of a time when you controlled your child's wardrobe, or of the forgiveness of pets.


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    • CennyWenny profile image

      CennyWenny 9 years ago from Washington

      Bob, that's so wonderful. Try for great community and inspiration. Trust me, we women go wild over a male knitter:)

    • Bob Ewing profile image

      Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

      5 good reasons, I'll have to share this hub with my wife, we have talked about the two of us learning to knit