As you might have noticed, we’ve started sharing some crochet and knitting news each weekend on the blog. It’s a chance for you to check out some of those interesting craft news links that you might have missed out on during the week. Hopefully you enjoy sipping your coffee and tea and learning about these things that are happening around us in the crafty community. Here’s the craft news for this past week.
Michelle Obama as Knitter
Regardless of your political affiliations, you’ve likely heard that Michelle Obama took up knitting as a pandemic hobby. This has been all over the news again recently because she knit halter tops for her daughters. Apparently knit halters are trending as a summer fashion statement. She also made a crewneck sweater for her husband, information she shared on CBS This Morning. The most interesting part of the interview, though, was that host Gayle King kind of shamed Obama for her “old lady” craft and the Internet went wild shaming King back for not understanding how many hip, young, interesting people are knitting their way through the pandemic.
Craft News: Ravelry and Politics
If you thought the news about Michelle Obama knitting was controversial, let’s talk about Ravelry for a minute. Do you love it or hate it? Have you gotten wrapped up in the politics of it? Many people have opted to leave the platform entirely in recent years due to the site’s socio-political decisions. Wherever you stand on this debate, it’s an important one from the perspective of content moderation on public forums. Obviously, this has been a hot topic on other platforms including Facebook and Twitter. If this type of moderation news interests you, check out the smart Tech Dirt article about how it’s all played out on Ravelry recently.
Knitting as Healing
As recently discussed in our article on Knitting as Occupational Therapy, knitting can be beneficial for the hands. While some people with arthritis struggle to knit or crochet, many others find that steady work at their craft actually helps keep their achy hands limber. That’s what a 95-year-old woman shared in a news article this week, saying that although her ankles and other joints suffer from arthritis, her fingers keep knitting away happily.
Celebrities and Other People Who Knit and Crochet
Amy Adams learned to knit from Meryl Streep who hoped it would calm down her co-stars frantic energy.
But, of course, it’s mostly ordinary people who knit and crochet. And sometimes those ordinary stories are the most charming. Here are a few from the craft news world this week:
- Potter takes up knitting to stay busy when pandemic prevents going to the pottery studio
- The Verge shared what their staff members treated themselves to in order to cope with the pandemic, one said circular knitting needles were their indulgence
- Caregiver teaches elderly man loom knitting to keep him active
- “Sweater grandma” has spent the past two decades knitting sweaters for orphans
- Student crochets plushies as a break from homework
- Nurse, retired after 45 years, continues to bring patients joy with crocheted critters
- A woman who has been knitting and crochet for friends and family for five decades finally decides to turn her skills into a business
How Much It Actually Costs to Make your Own Clothes
As a knitter or crocheter, you’ve certainly pondered this topic in the past. Does it save you money to make your own clothes? If your alternative would be to shop fast fashion then it might cost you more in the short run to make things by hand. However, durability means that you might still save money in the long run. Obviously, it also depends on factors like the yarn you choose and the items you make. In any case, it’s interesting to think about and this article by Refinery 29, which talks to knitters as well as people who sew their own clothes, gives a lot of fun food for thought.
Craft News: Yarn Stores
More Craft News
- New GMC Books: Modern Men’s Knits and Modern Women’s Knits by Jen Geigley
- The Women of Kihnu have been featured in a book and BBC video showing how they maintain their culture through knitting, weaving and more
- XOXO Hats For Strength “knit and crochet XOXO Hats for people with cancer and then deliver them by motorcycle and supercar up to Huntsman Cancer Hospital.”
Make Sure You Don’t Miss:
In addition to all of this craft news from around the web, make sure you didn’t miss anything from the Marly Bird blog this week:
- 13 Free Dinosaur Projects to Crochet and Knit
- 23 Free Knit Summer Shawls Patterns
- 10 Free Knit and Crochet Spring / Summer Sweater Patterns
- Knitting as Occupational Therapy
- BiCrafty Boot Camp: How to Knit Seed Stitch in the Round