Knitting, knitting, knitting, what images does that conjure up for you? For many it brings to mind grannies sitting in a corner working on jumpers for their family members which, once finished, will simply be put in the back of a cupboard and forgotten about.
What a shame! The art of knitting is clearly dying out as it lacks popularity with the instant-gratification society that we are surrounded by, where people lack the patience to learn a new skill and create things when they can just go out and buy something new. But this means that many are missing out on the simple satisfaction of creating something that is crafted with skill and love for themselves or a loved one. There is also the joy of creating something totally unique that can be worn or used in the home to add that gorgeous vintage or shabby chic detail.
But perhaps a change has come, with more focus on austerity and sustainability has come an increased interest in crafts and in rediscovering skills that are dying out. Knitting clubs have sprung up all over the country where anyone, of any age and ability, can go along to learn new skills and improve old ones as well as have an opportunity to meet new people with similar interests.
You can find your local knitting clubs by searching online but if you live in the Chelmsford/Brentwood area you already have at least 2 to choose from. The Lucy Loves Knitting club run by Lucy Burchell of Lucy Loves Fabric.com meets on Monday evenings each week at the Crown Street Cafe in Brentwood, Essex from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The Chelmsford Knitting Club meets at Cherry on Top cafe on Chelmsford High Street on the first Saturday of every month between 10am and 12ish.
So if you are intrigued and want to find out more about this fantastically rewarding hobby do come to join the knitting revolution!