There's an article in today's New York Times about the resurgence of knitting and sewing your own stuff! Obviously, we've been doing this for a while, but it's nice to see it in print. Here's a link to the article (you must register, but it's free). Actually, if you don't want to register, here's my username and password: veronique9 and treschic. (Can you believe there were 8 other Veroniques before me?).
This article has lots of nice quotes!
Teva Durham is an unlikely idol, a soberly outfitted, plain-talking mother with a passion for quirky yarns. But to her fans, who snap up her how-to-knit books by the tens of thousands, Ms. Durham is the undisputed mistress of stitchery.
Formerly neglected domestic arts like knitting, quilting, sewing and embroidery are being eagerly embraced, especially by the young. Their passion kindled by the abundance of handcrafted looks on the runways, they are blowing the dust off these folksy skills and lending them the bright sheen of style.
“I do think the runways were inspired by people doing crafty things at home and by how inventive this generation is,” said Ruth Sullivan, an editor at Workman Publishing, which publishes large numbers of crafts books. She added that designers may also be looking at the Internet, where rafts of people are designing their own patterns and posting them on blogs.
The ardent pursuit of the needle arts has fueled a $1.07 billion industry, according to the National Needlework Association. That figure does not take into account mass merchants and chains. “This is no mom and pop retail phenomenon,” said Sherry Mulne, a marketing consultant for the association. “This is big business.”
Knitting note: Uh, yeah, I'm still in the process of taking pics of Agnes... And I finished the Yarntini socks in Pure Breeze from the first installment of the sock club! And I cast on with the second installment, Mint Mojito.