Ever thought of learning a craft?  Painting.  Pottery.  Cooking.  Knitting?

Grandmothers used to be the only one who knit..  However today both women and men enjoy knitting.  As a matter of fact in 1973 people were surprised when LA Rams star Rosie Grier wrote a book “Needlepoint for Men”.   In addition to needlepoint Grier was also an avid knitter and crocheter.  Film star Cary Grant was a trailblazing knitter, too!

Knitting offers a wide variety of benefits:

  • Create beautiful things for yourself.  There’s a certain satisfaction in wearing something you have created with your own hands.
  • Gift giving becomes more personal.  When you’ve knitted something to give as a gift the person receiving will appreciate the time and care you put in to create it.
  • Knitting is a great way to unplug and unwind (no pun intended).  Knitting takes your mind off your day to day worries and helps you relax; listen to music or an audiobook

Learning knitting is fairly easy.  We’ve all heard, “knit one, purl two” and really those are the two basic things you start off with.  Once you’ve mastered those you put them in various combinations to create textures and patterns.  With the wide array of yarns available the choice is endless.  YouTube is full of how-to and tutorial videos if you get stuck.  Websites like LoveCrafts and Ravelry offer patterns for free or for purchase and include projects for everyone.

These days learning a craft couldn’t be easier.  Most yarn/crafting stores like Joann offer either free or low cost beginner classes, too.

Try it!  You’ll love it!