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Legacy and Longevity
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Legacy and Longevity

Thank you so very much for the condolences, comments, and emails.  Each one of them has truly been a comfort to me, and to my family.  My mother read through each one and was moved by your kind words and thoughts. 

Life has been a little different these past few days, but things have been going smoothly.  Kris and I will travel to Tennessee tomorrow where Nana will be buried, beside my dear grandfather who passed away in 1991.  On Tuesday, my mom and I wrote Nana's obituary, chose a lovely dress and silk scarf for her funeral outfit, and made arrangements for the funeral services.  While it was sad, we were able to remember so many of the funny and sweet memories we had with Nana.

My Nana was a dignified southern lady, in the truest sense of the word.  She raised two children, and later had five granddaughters.  She taught us the importance of being a "lady" not just a woman, dressing for the occasion (she had an amazing collection of shoes!), and that politeness and a smile were always the way to go.  I am so glad that she was able to meet Kris and get to know him before her mind started to deteriorate.  She was even able to be a part of our wedding in 2002. 

Nana and her girls

Nana and her girls - Winter 1996

 

The purpose for this post was two-fold.  I wanted to talk a little more about my Nana, but I also wanted to tell you about an article that I recently read (thank you Heather for sending it my way!) that discusses a different kind of legacy and longevity.  As an avid book lover, a librarian, and a knitter, I found this article so interesting, and I would love to know your thoughts on it too.  The full-text is at Publisher's Weekly, (The End of Yarn?,28 August, 2006).  I have pulled out a few excerpts that I thought were particularly interesting, and if you are so inclined, please let me know what you think.  I may turn this into a school project!

In the hobbies and crafts category, knitting began to take hold about six years ago; no one knows why. But in a post-9/11 world, the activity has continued to increase in popularity. Publishers, of course, have responded with books and more books. But now comes the challenging part. Is knitting on the verge of becoming a widely established American hobby (like, say, gardening) or is it headed for the fate of philately? Although St. Martin's senior editor BJ Berti characterizes knitting as "the trend that refuses to die," not all the signs promise longevity.

Perhaps we are not the ideal market, very few of us in this online knitting community are "casual knitters". We are "lifers", having fallen head over heels in love with this craft and try to do a little bit each day!  So, for us, knitting is not a passing fancy or a whim… but what about others?  Could knitting become a ubiquitous hobby? 

The norm in knitting these days is an edginess, a pushing of the traditional image of the needle-wielder.

Yes, I have noticed that "edginess" does get more attention on this scene, but I also look at the new fall trends by several of the big manufacturers and design houses: cables and colorwork galore! Many of the patterns hark back to traditional forms and designs. While a trendy knit is fun to bang out quickly and wear a few times (remember ponchos?), true longevity is in the classic forms: the simple stockinette pullover, the lace shawl, the cabled scarf.

The problem with catering to young people who rush to the latest trendy subject is that the audience moves along to the next fad (crocheting, felting, spinning and beading are contenders) just as quickly, although knitting seems to be a bit of an exception. The craft has a higher retention rate than many hobbies, says Craft Yarn Council of America executive director Mary Colucci, who claims the group's research shows that knitting is "addictive," and that newcomers stick with it for its soothing quality, a kind of knitter's high.

The knitting instruction and book market have been saturated with titles geared towards "tweens" and teenagers.  Unfortunately,this age group is known for their short-attention span.  Will knitting be just another fad?  The other crafts mentioned are all closely related to knitting, and can easily be combined with it, so I would not consider a teenager who learned to knit, and then went on to spinning to be "out of the market" (indeed half of this knitting community are active spinners!)

In any case, it would behoove those who are staying put in the category to consider that beginners do not stay beginners forever. Those young women who flocked to knitting five or six years ago have either switched to other hobbies or are now more experienced. Like many craft publishers, STC Craft's Falick is focusing on books that take knitters "beyond the scarf" to more challenging projects. The assumption is that the young audience has had its fill of knitted iPod covers…

This is the bit that really interested me. Many of the books marketed now are moving to another [more advanced] audience.  While many books still have a beginner "how-to" section at the beginning, they have advanced techniques, and designs throughout the book.  Melanie Falick, quoted above, did that recently with her amazing book, Handknit Holidays.  The book had several advanced beginner patterns, as well as colorwork, extensive cable charts, and unconventional shapes and sizes (Christmas tree skirts, anyone?) to push knitters to think beyond the scarf and beyond the square. 

And DIYers seem to appreciate the socially conscious side of the knitting community, visible in its numerous charitable organizations…

I was also happy to see this mentioned. Knitters are a caring bunch (as evidenced by your kind comments on my grandmother's passing) and can organize efforts well. I have been involved with the Dulaan Project, and plan to take part in this year's Red Scarf Project. I am also looking for ways to implement charity work into my own blog projects, like Socktoberfest and Project Spectrum. If you have suggestions, I would love to hear them!

While the article mentioned a few bloggers and some of the blogger-turned-author trends of late, it did not give too much face time to our little movement here in the blogosphere.  However, I am sure that the blogs, as well as several of the online forums are scouted by publishers, agents, and designers who are looking for the latest trends. 

They are looking at us! SO tell them what you want the future of knitting to be! what kind of patterns would you like to see?  do we even need more patterns?  what is your dream knitting book?

(and let me know too by leaving a comment!)

PS-Before I leave tomorrow, I will be posting a short interview with Lisa Kartus, the new author of Knit Fix: Problem Solving for Knitters, as part of her blog tour. Lisa will also help me work through the dreaded holes that form with short-rows, so stay tuned!

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57 Responses

  1. Mintyfresh

    I read that article when the PW came out (I’m in publishing), and it irritated me quite a bit. I think the world of crafting and knitting books isn’t going to slow–we have new converts all the time! Ones that become “lifers” as you said. It’ll be interesting to see if the trend does shift away or not . . .

  2. Mintyfresh

    And separately, because I wouldn’t want my previous post to overshadow it: Many best wishes and hugs to you and your family.

  3. paula

    I enjoyed reading your posts about your Nana. Please know that I am very sorry for your loss. I am an academic librarian who knits. Thanks for pointing out this article. I was thinking this morning why I buy yarn. I like seeing the edgier things, but am pretty conservative in my kniiting!

  4. Vickie

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will say a prayer for your family. Stay safe in your travels.

  5. Jennifer

    Still thinking of you and yours today.

    About your question, you know I was just thinking the other day how overwhelmed I’m becoming by the flood of new patterns and trends. I’d appreciate a basic book on classic shaping, and construction, but a nice collection of different stitches. Back to the basics so to speak. I’d like a bit more focus on how to design and/or modify patterns to fit real bodies.

  6. Samantha

    I’m sorry for your loss. It sounds as thought your Nana was a wonderful and loving woman. {{{hugs}}} Peace, love, light and bright blessings to you and your family.

  7. Dave Daniels

    Hi, Lolly,
    THank you for sharing your memories about your nana.
    I read the article when it came out, and had a few reactions on it. For the majority of knitter that I know, most have done it their whole lives, or started as a youth and come back to it. Unlike a large number of “trendy crafts”, knitting is history and art in one. It is something that is enjoyed by ALL generations, not just the youth that the article speaks about. Knitting (and spinning and the other firbers arts) has been around for centuries, and will continue to do so. It’s just a matter of the media hype surrounding it. For themedia, it may be old news, but I am seeing it as just beginning to pick up speed. (Look at the numbers turning out for the festivals over the last few years.)
    In closing, I would say that folks are turning more and more to traditional crafts the more technology takes over. The more time I spend at work sitting in front of the computer, the more anxious I become to work with my hands with knitting, dyeing, quilting or woodworking. And I know I’m not alone. (And look at all the projects you and Kris work on, together and separate!)

  8. Amy

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. My grandmother died with Alzheimer’s as well, so I know what your family went through. I honor my grandmother every day with knitting. You see, she was a fantastic knitter. She would have been so pleased knowing that I used the inheritance from her estate to open my store. I just wish she could have seen it.

    There is an Alzheimer’s ward being built right across the street from the shop. I spoke with my mother about what the residents would like, thinking lap blankets and slippers. She suggested soft knitted toys. My grandmother loved toys during the later stages of the disease.

    Amy

  9. AmyH

    I’m so sorry on the passing of your grandmother, Lolly. What a wonderful legacy she has left behind.

  10. Debby

    Lolly, I want to give my condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Nana. I wish you all safe travels and sweet memories this weekend and in the future. I’m so glad that she was able to meet Kris and be a part of your wedding.

    Regarding your questions, I had a couple of thoughts. First, it’s interesting that the author mentions gardening as a “widely established American hobby.” While there are quite a few gardeners in the knitting blog world, I found that lots of people I know locally who gardened enthusiastically several years ago have given it up, due to expense, frustrations with bugs, bad weather, disease, and the discovery that Martha’s gardens looked good because she had a lot of help, but when you only have a weekend to spend on it, there are lots of other things you want to do with your time. That’s not to say they don’t garden at all, but they’ve returned to simple things like growing in pots, rather than pushing on to the “advanced” books that talk about espalier-ing your fruit trees, etc. I also think that gardening/landscaping, like cooking, is something most people have to do (to a greater or lesser extent) as part of daily life, whether they mow the lawn themselves or hire help to do so. Knitting and other crafts aren’t in the same category, because we don’t need to make clothing, it’s pure enjoyment. So, to sum up, I don’t think comparing gardening to knitting is entirely accurate.

    I think that while media attention will turn to The Next Big Hobby, knitters and knitting will go on. As Dave said, the more we work with technology during our day, the more we want to make things with our hands when not at work. There is also the legacy factor — many of us learned from our relatives (just as I learned to garden with my dad) and we’ll keep doing it whether it’s popular or not. The internet makes this all interesting, because we have instantaneous access to new patterns and designers, as opposed to those following a publishing schedule of months and years to get those books out. Also, like with music, we can download the one pattern we want, and not have to pay for a whole book of them. This puts publishing “behind the times” and I think companies are afraid that by the time the topics that are currently trendy are put in book form, they’ll be outdated (all those poncho pattern books) and so they’re scaling back to the classics, which is what many knitters want anyway. I see a formula of: download the trendy patterns inexpensively and quickly, and invest in the books and patterns that will have value long term.

    You had mentioned charity ideas for Project Spectrum — how about this: what if we were to coordinate charity by color? The red month could be red scarf project or red dress (heart association). Yellow could be cancer (Lance’s livestrong) and pink could be breast cancer. I believe there is a pink scarf project going on for that. I think the ASPCA is orange (knit shelter blankets?) and there is a purple spay/neuter program. Green could be an environmental charity…perhaps we can knit a project with eco-friendly wool, or purchase wool that is made from co-ops like BeSweet. I’m not sure what blue is used for, but the possibilities would be endless, and knitters could choose from a bunch of charities to support per color.

    Sorry for taking up so much room, but I’m excited to see the possibilities.

  11. Sandy

    Lauren, I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman and had such a wonderful, loving family. You were all so lucky.

    Peace.

  12. maya

    I need to get my hands on this article for sure. For my gradute thesis I am thinking of doing a series of linked columns on knitting for precicely the reasons stated here. I think knitting is NOT a fly-by-night hobby for a devoted many and that a knitting column could have teeth in a more mainstream (or subculutre) publication that may or may not have anything to do with knitting.

    Excited to read the entire thing! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Gracie

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. I know your Nana is at peace. Stay safe in your travels.

  14. dee

    Thank you for sharing your memories about your Nana – it sounds like she was an amazing woman and her legacy will live on.

    I think you are right most knitting blogs I read are “lifers” and although there has been a trend in knitting, I think the fad will die out, but by then a lot of knitters will be hooked, and there will always be a market for a well written pattern book and decent yarn. Rowan is a good example of this, most knitters love KSH or their cottons and buy their books/magazines, but their attempt at the “tween” market R2 – was discontinued very quickly.

    Finally, adding on to Debby’s suggestion of a charity a month – how about Knit a River for the blue month.
    http://www.iknit.org.uk/knitariver.html

  15. Kate

    Lauren – sorry for the loss of your nana, may you always hold her memories near to your heart.

  16. lorinda

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I love the picture you shared of Nana and her girls. Four lovely women, and I’m sure she was incredibly proud of you. Praying for you and yours.

    The article you shared was very interesting, as were the previous comments. I’d first like to say that I want to go to the garage sales of all the trend knitters and get their needles, yarn, etc. Then I agree with Debby about downloading patterns or buying magazines and purchasing books for basics–stitches, techniques, classic patterns, tailoring.

    I love the idea of charitable giving with Project Spectrum. Choosing a different charity per month is nice–running the gamut–health, environment, spiritual. I knit prayer shawls for the ill, and it has been such a huge blessing to me and the people we give them to. We can also support socially conscious stores/companies in our ProjectColorswaps (if we do that again).

    As to whether knitting is here to stay–see this article–http://www.yoursoulswork.com/press.htm. I read somewhere that people in white collar worker need to get in touch with their creative/hands on self because it is lacking in their jobs. It’s hard to be a complete person when you aren’t connecting brain and hands. Knitting engages body and mind, connects us to the past, and gives us a sens of accomplishment. It may be trendy, but time will weed out those who aren’t rooted. The rest of us will still be here knitting, knitting, knitting.

    The great educator Maria Montessori said our brain’s way of expressing itself was through our muscles. As a knitter, I understand that perfectly.

  17. Carole

    So sorry for the loss of your Nana, Lolly.
    And the PW article is interesting and I love that it has gotten people talking about the future of our craft. I also get frustrated when I buy a knitting book and it spend way too much space on teaching knitting. I’m glad to see that the more advanced books don’t waste space with that kind of content.

  18. Laura

    I am breaking my “no comment on your blog” rule to say I’m sorry you’ve lost your nana. We were thinking about you the other night. Call me if you need to talk, I’ll be glad to listen. *hug*

  19. christine

    Lolly – I’m wishing you good thoughts on your journey to lay your dear grandmother to rest………………………..she sounds like an amazing woman. She gave you gifts that will be with you for the rest of your life.

  20. caro

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Nana. Looks like you have plenty of fantastic memories with her. Be safe on your trip, I’m thinking ’bout ya.

  21. kelp!

    I’m truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family…

  22. Jami Howard

    :) i love this picture…i can’t wait to see you all again…hopefully soon.

    i’m thinking of you guys,
    love you

  23. Lindy

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    Your nana has left you with a wonderful legacy that can be shared with your family and friends.
    She is always with you in your heart.

  24. gleek

    that’s a very sweet picture of your family. i’m so glad to hear that everything in your grandmother’s arrangements are coming together smoothly. it’s a very trying time.

    on to the knitting, i read this article the other day and agree with your points. i also would love to see more advanced beginner/intermediate books. i feel like many of these pattern books jump right from beginner to advanced. i’d especially like to see a book that went into more advanced techniques with full color step-by-step instructions like steeking, colorwork, or alternate cast-ons and bind-offs.

    the dreaded short-row holes! i learned the japanese short-row method and that really got rid of them. it’s a bit futzy but worth the time and effort.

  25. beverly

    Lolly, My Gram, like yours, was a true lady, and I still try to match my shoes and purses knowing that she would approve. My mom says that no matter how poor they were, they were always well turned out…Gram would make little adjustments to their outfits to ensure her girls looked their very best. When I was a girl, my Gram kept me and her other three granddaughters in patent leather MaryJanes. De riguer for a little lady. I’m glad you got to enjoy those memories as you prepared your grandmother for her next journey.

    I was intrigued, too, by the article excerpts. I’ve thought about this quite a bit. I think rather than clogging up your comments (I can feel a long spurt of writing coming), I’ll post about it and refer back to you…so thanks for the opportunity to address our beloved craft’s future!

  26. Kelly B

    Lolly, first off I want to offer my condolences on your Nana. It’s been 5 years since my dear Papa passed, and I still think of him every day. Hold those happy memories of your Nana in your heart, and remember her in your daily activities- whether knitting, or cooking a dish she would have loved, or seeing a pair of shoes she would have liked! That way, as corny as it sounds, she’ll never be far from you.

    Re: the knitting article- I found it really interesting, and am a bit on the fence about what to think. On one hand, it definitely feels like the knitting craze is only getting crazier. I’m amazed at the number of knitting blogs, people taking up spinning, yarn stores cropping up. The books and magazines available now are of a much higher quality as well. Just the other day I was looking back on my first knitting book that I received a few years ago- The Yarn Girls Guide to Simple Knits. “Simple” is an understatement- the sweater patterns are all very easy stockinette knit on huge needles. Looking at the books I own now- Handknit Holidays for example, so much of it is colorwork and cables on small needles! It is encouraging to think how well a book like Handknit Holidays has done- it makes me feel that knitting has so many diehards now that it MUST be here to stay.

    On the other hand the natural ebb and flow of trends make me feel differently- while our grandmothers all know how to knit and enjoy it, it seems like our mothers had a whole different experience. Now we seem to be returning to a time when women feel the need to get back in touch with their need to create. Who’s to say that our daughters won’t go the other way?

    Just think of the scrapbooking trend of a few years ago. In my area, we had a string of scrapbooking cafes pop up. Now? They’re empty.

    Of course as one of the diehard knitters, I’m certainly hoping it’s here to stay…

  27. mrspao

    Lolly, I hope it all goes well tomorrow. Your grandmother sounds like a beautiful person and thank you for sharing your memories with us.

    Big hugs x

  28. April

    Thanks for sharing your Nana with us, it was a great tribute =) I’m sorry for you and your family, but glad she’s at rest instead of suffering still. It only eases the pain a little, I know, but every little bit helps. I’m glad you got to see her so soon prior to her death, somehow that helps, too.

    As for knitting and it’s ‘trendiness’ or whatever – I didn’t even know it was trendy when I started it, but it was a mild curiousity that I stumbled into quite by accident. It’s hard for me to class knitting as an addiction when addictions are so destructive, but there’s a lack of good expression as to what knitting is. It’s like life to me now. It calms my mind, helps me cope, and accomplishes something contructive in the end. It’s an act of love if you are knitting gifts, it’s practical when you knit for yourself. It’s therapy for me and I won’t EVER stop doing it regardless of the media, or any other influences on the outside. Knitters ARE knitters, like artists are artists – it’s not someting we do, it’s what we are, it’s WHO we are. For many of us, it’s a heritage thing and for some it will be a heritage thing from here on out. It has nothing to do with popularity, except that the popularity of it may have gotten more people to try it, and thus produced more people who are knitters. It’s not the same as bell bottoms or shoulder pads and fashion. It’s identity.

  29. Liz K.

    Oh, Lolly, I missed the update yesterday on the last post, so please let me also share my condolences for your loss. Hang in there.

    I love the idea of including charity knitting in your knitalongs. I know I tried to encourage this in Summer of Stash. Perhaps we can hook up with CIC during Socktoberfest and make little socks for Russian orphans?

    I have seen a lot of commentary on this article on the web, and the best comment I read basically said that perhaps what we need are fewer knitting books total, but ones with something new to offer. How many cozy-patterns does one knitter need? I think some of the latest popular books (Mason-Dixon, Knitting Nature, Inspired Cable Knits) have pushed the craft, or offered something different for the non-beginner. I guess we knitters have to keep supporting these types of knitting books so that the publishers see the demand out there.

  30. Lauren

    I really do wish the number of new knitting books would lower a bit. The mad rush to put so many out dilutes the market, imo.
    My grandmother turned 90 this week and has been rapidly deteriorating mentally as well. It is very hard to watch.

  31. Kelly

    Your nana sounds like a great woman. Sorry for your loss.

  32. Valerie in San Diego

    Thanks for sharing that article, and your own personal process. I lost my beloved grandma (who got me crocheting and knitting) at age 96 a month or so back. It’s unavoidable, but it hurts. It’s definitely got me thinking about issues of legacy and longevity.

    I think the article gets it right lower down when it points out that knitters who start young do eventually get both older and more skilled. Some of us started older, too :-) like me. I think there will long be a call for traditional designs. I like books that teach me approaches and methods (love Maggie Righetti, for example), with a few patterns in there as examples. But I also love books of designs that make my mind fly.

  33. Jenna

    I hope your trip is safe and that it offers you and your family time for reminiscing, togetherness and a bit of that necessary sorrow.

    I’d like to read that article further, but it some ways it seems like the topic is not knitting precisely, but BOOKS about knitting, whose sales may be peaking/have peaked. Generally, I think that the knitting book field may be a little oversaturated right now. There need to be less gimicky books and more that bring a fresh perspective or approach. They should be about well-conceived projects, not novelties. These kinds of books will always sell to the knitters who will always be around!

  34. Tara

    Lolly,
    I’d love to see more books like Elizabeth Zimmerman’s: chatty and full of techniques, tips on intuiting problem and solutions, and basic (“pithy”) patterns. Something to guide knitters in the design process (like the first part of Big Girl Knits) by starting with changing patterns to suit them and then branching out to designing from scratch.

  35. Kathleen

    Lauren,
    So very sorry on the passing of your Nana. I, too, had a beloved Nana, the one who taught me how to knit. She was amazing–she used to knit in the movie theater–not just plain ol’ garter stitch either–we’re talking cables and bobbles and all things Aran. (she was Irish)…I will say a prayer for you and your family.

    Regarding the article, I agree that beginners are no longer beginners. I know that sometimes I feel cheated when I pick up a book of patterns and half the book is spent on fundamental techniques. I am loving books like Fiona Ellis’s cable book. Not sure if I would ever actually make one of them, but it is inspirational. I also have Handknit Holidays and agree–I would love to see some old patterns brought back–from traditional celtic aran sweaters to delicate twin sets. Just my thoughts. Would love to hear more about the charitable causes and be involved–drop me a line on my blog!

  36. Dorothy B

    So sorry you lost your Nana. She has reconnected with her memories and is now whole again in Heaven if that is any condolence to you and your family. She sounds as though she was an amazing lady.

    I read that article too. I think that it’s just media spin and hype. They can’t conceive of anything lasting longer than a Hollywood romance or a political term of four years. They’ll learn differently as time goes on.

    Why not incorporate Project Spectrum into a book? Do each chapter in one colour and projects that make you think of each colour. For instance the Print O’ the Waves Stole always makes me think of that particular green/blue of a wave about to crest. If you keep the projects fairly classic and easy to resize for all the different body types, it won’t turn into a fad book. Add in stories on the experiences of both yourself and others who joined in the project during the first year and you’ll have a way to connect with your audience. Appeal to all the skill levels with a quick touching on the basics or a page of internet links to learning help sites and people will buy the book and grow with it.

    I like the idea of incorporating a charity that matches the colour of the month for Project Spectrum. Maybe Socktoberfest could include knitting socks for Orphanages in cold climate countries. I think I heard about something like that, but I can’t think of where or who. I’ll try Google and see if I can find anything.

  37. Dorothy B

    Here’s what I found for Charity socks.

    http://www.childrenincommon.org/project.html

    There’s also knitting for soldiers and the homeless too.

  38. Megan

    Lauren,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your nana. I know it probably any condolence, but Tennessee is an absolutely beautiful place for her to be buried. I always loved it there.

  39. Jami Howard

    heck yes we are friends!! :) i love ya girl…ps: check out my flikr pics haha…its good stuff :) mwah! talk to ya later

  40. keohinani

    heartfelt condolences on your Nana. you, your family, and your Nana are lucky to have each other.

    regarding the article, i’m glad you shared it. the ones you highlighted were very good points to reflect on. i confess i’m more partial to stitch pattern books myself just because they aren’t so “trendy” and allow for more creativity. i would like to see more knitting-for-men type patterns, or even books that do multi-crafting – i.e. projects that incorporate sewing and knitting, embroidery with beading, etc. i suppose you could say it’s just like how apple continually upgrades the ipod to do more than just play music, i would like to see publishers upgrade books to do more than just show patterns that solely require knitting.

    the new book with tracey ullman is pretty good. have you browsed through that one yet? i like it, though i haven’t thoroughly gone through it yet. it just came out on the shelf at the bookstore. :)

  41. Moni

    Lolly, again, I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Nana. I can understand how hard it is. I still miss my Granny Mary after 9 years of her being gone. Thanks for sharing her memory with us. It sounds like she was a wonderful and beautiful person.

    That article was very interesting! Being a public librarian I find it interesting to see what the trends are. I agree that there is definately a trendy element to it that will probably wane. I don’t know that it is waning now…Perhaps it is. Or maybe it will shift into a different direction. Maybe skull intarsia will fall by the wayside, for example. But, really, knitting itself is not trendy. It’s been around forever. I think most of us were taught by a grandmother. And our grandmothers were once young twenty and thirty year old knitters/crocheters. Was it considered trendy when they were knitting way back then?

    This is a very interesting topic. It kind of raises more questions as one explores it. It will make a fantastic paper topic!

  42. anne

    It’s wonderful, the gift of having a grandparent in your life for so much of it, especially one for whom you feel so much love and admiration. There is always sadness with any loss, but it sounds like this one comes with peace as well. I hope your family continues to feel at peace with this transition.

  43. Amanda Cathleen

    My condolences to you and your family. I lost my Grandmother to cancer two years ago, and I still miss her. Safe travels

    What an interesting article. I have a feeling with all the yarn I’ve collected, I’ve become a”lifer” To answer your question, what is my dream knitting book? A book that explains shaping, and how to change a design to fit your own body.

  44. Diane

    Your nana sounds like she was an amazing and wise woman. How lucky to have had her in your life. I send you my deepest condolences during this difficult time.

  45. jody

    oh Lolly, i’m so sorry to hear about your family’s loss. i hope your nana and your family both get the peace you deserve. she sounds like a spunky lady full of wonderful stories and advice. *hugs*

  46. Jeanine

    Lolly,

    So sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing with us just how much of a wonderful woman she was.

  47. Kathy

    L — just popping over. I am so, so sorry. Thinking of you and your family.

  48. kristin

    I am a little late here .. but I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My grandmother meant the world to me, so I know what it is like. I hope that you find comfort in wonderful memories of your Nana.

    Hugs, Kristin

  49. Lana

    Deepest condolences on the passing of your Nana. She sounds like a mighty fine woman with a might fine legacy.

    As far as the article goes, I can only speak for myself and say that ever since I learned how to knit in 4H it’s been something I know I’ll do til I die. It may be put aside for awhile while trying new things (there IS only so much time to devote to anything), but I’ve always come back to it for it’s link to history and the sheer pleasure of the tactile feel of yarn in my hands. With the interesting things people are doing with sticks and string it doesn’t seem to me that the interest will wane anytime soon.

    I LOVE the idea of having certain charities with different months of color!! Please consider including The Preemie Project for a pink and or blue month; even white for Christening gowns or burial items.

  50. Wanda

    Be safe on your travels.

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