Why You Should Take Up Knitting in 2015

Bringing in the New Year means making resolutions. Some that we end up keeping, and some that we don’t. Knitting however, is a resolution you should make and keep this year. Here’s why.

Knitting is portable.
You know those times when you’re bored out of your mind stuck in the waiting room at your doctor’s office? Yeah. Well, you could be doing something productive instead of wasting precious time. You could be knitting a hat for your friend, or for yourself, or for your dog! It’s up to you! Don’t like football? Me neither. During the super bowl, you can both knit and eat snacks while everyone is yelling at the TV. It’s just great.

Hand-knits make great gifts.
I bet you that almost everyone likes handmade things. Almost all of my holiday gifts this year are handmade. Not only do you save money this way, but you also tend to get great responses. When someone receives a hand-knit item, they know that you put a lot of time and effort into the gift.

It’s good for your health! 
Check out this article!

Knitters are the nicest.
No, but seriously. They are.

There’s a cool history behind it.
Knitting used to be a man’s trade, but eventually became something that women did in order to provide clothing for their families. Now, all kinds of people are knitting! If you’re into learning more about the history of knitting, I’d recommend reading No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting by Anne MacDonald.

It can be art/used for political protest!
There are so many cool projects that have gone on recently, including Pittsburgh’s own Knit the Bridge project! I’ve also seen yarn-bombing all over the place, and making statements about social issues as political protest.

You will never be alone.
There are yarn stores everywhere. The knitting group I belong to on facebook has 32,597 members right now. Ravelry.com has 4 million members. If you ever need help, you’re not alone.

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Let me know!

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