Knitting is back! If you don’t know that, then you haven’t been cool for the last five years. Whether you crochet or knit, making your own winter woolies has become the thing to do on a Friday night with the girls.

Just last Friday night I was doing just that; with a few homies and a heater! Knitting has had a rocky ride in our fickle society over the last hundred years. It was all the rage, then it was a daggy, granny sort of thing, and now, well, it’s baaa-aack! I’m a strict knitter, follow the pattern sort of lass. My co-creators, the other night, well they are seasoned crocheters. I really want to know how to crochet but I feel like an old dog and crochet, a new trick.

A knitting circle is a funny little gathering. There’s talk about wool, patterns and improvisations. There is often wine involved so you never know how those improvised patterns will work out; jelly beans have a similar effect. So there I was, legs crossed, needles clicking away. But then, I found myself comparing my little scarf number to the awesome crochet creations across the room. Big mistake. You want to leave the circle feeling warm and fuzzy. Craft circles are not to be competitive… or is it just me?

The humble hobby of knitting has evolved into a worthwhile pastime for the hip and the happening. So much so that it has infiltrated pop culture. I was mildly amused to see that there is now a knitting awards night for the film and television industries. I’m not sure how official it is, mind you. It’s called the KNIFTAs. This year the winners were:

Funniest Knitting/Crochet scene, Jack McBrayer in 30 Rock

– Best Knitting/Crochet scene, Chi McBride for Pushing Daisies

– Best Knitwear, Ruth Meyers for The Golden Compass

They also love Nick Park as his character, Gromit, is often depicted, knitting.The awards are a novel idea. If Hollywood is into knitting, then the rest of the world will have the courage to pick up their dusty old needles and have a go. This day has been a long time coming for me! In my teens, I was a closet knitter. But now, with the seal of approval from the centre of pop culture itself, I am now cool.

Fellow knitters, crochetestsers and other crafty sort of characters, you no longer have to meet in musty, darkened rooms to hide your addiction. Open the blinds, let in that blinding sunlight and knit away. For tomorrow, it may all end.

*For more pop-knitting info go to iknit.org.uk

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