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Knitting, yes its an art too!

Knitting, yes its an art too!

 

I can’t knit, there I’ve said it! My Gran tried to teach me but she gave up after I created a triangle instead of a square when I was making an attempt at a scarf one school holidays!

I guess knitting has taken a huge downturn in recent years, just like sewing, as clothes and knitted goods are so cheap to buy it’s not worth making it yourself normally!

That leaves passion and art then, in that only the diehard creative types usually do such stuff and just a quick look at Google shows there are some amazing practitioners out there. Take a look at the following sites –

http://weburbanist.com/2009/02/06/knitty-gritty-15-works-of-knit-art-and-graffiti/

http://www.knittedlandscape.com/

http://www.jodigreen.ca/k-art.html

http://www.cast-on.com/?p=1690

I thought this next one was super cool, a knitting graffiti artist, very clever

Knitting graffiti art

 

Then there is a book Knitting Art: 150 Innovative Works from 18 Contemporary Artists by Karen Searle, very cool knitted art in that one. You can find that on Amazon.com here – knitted art book
So where did it all start? The oldest artefact with a knitted appearance is a type of sock. It is believed that socks and stockings were the first pieces produced using techniques similar to knitting. These socks were worked in a technique of making fabric by creating multiple knots or loops with a single needle and thread. Many of these existing clothing items employed the early nålebinding techniques; some of them look very similar to true knitting. For example in the 3rd to the 5th century CE Romano-Egyptian there were toe-socks. Several pieces, done in now obscure techniques, have been mistaken for knitting or even crocheting.

Most histories of knitting place its origin somewhere in the Middle East, from where it spread to Europe by Mediterranean trade routes, and then to the Americas with European colonization. The earliest known examples of knitting have been found in Egypt and cover a range of items, including complex colourful wool fragments and indigo blue and white cotton stockings, which have been dated between the 11th and 14th centuries.

The 1980s saw the popularity of knitting decline during in the Western world. Sales of patterns and yarns slowed up, as the craft was increasingly seen as old-fashioned and children were rarely taught to knit in school. It didn’t help that the increased availability and low cost of machine knitted items meant that you could buy knitwear at the same cost of purchasing the wool and pattern themselves, or often for far less.

The 21st century has seen a resurgence of knitting. Natural fibres from animals, such as alpaca, angora, and merino, as well as plant fibres such as cotton, have become easier and less costly to collect and process, and therefore more widely available. Exotic fibres, like as silk and bamboo, are growing in popularity as well. The yarn industry has started to make novelty yarns which produce stunning results without years of knitting experience. Designers have begun to create patterns which work up quickly on large needles, a phenomenon known as instant-gratification knitting.

Celebrities including Julia Roberts, Winona Ryder, Dakota Fanning, and Cameron Diaz have been seen knitting and have helped to revive the craft. The new millennium has also seen a return by men to the art of knitting. Just check out Google there are even sites specific for men knitting….who would have thought!

 

Posted: Wednesday 12 May 2010

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