It isn't our mothers hobby any more. I remember when I was a child and my mom was knitting. you basically had only acrylic yarn or wool. There was no such thing as alpaca, cashmere, silk, bamboo, ribbon yarns. I doubt there were many stores solely devoted to yarn.
I found a shawl made by here many moons ago. I remember her knitting it when I was about 7 or 8.
today the knitter has so many choices in yarn, needles, patterns, it is an endless world of color and texture. There is something theraputeic about sitting down with a pair of needles and getting into this rhythm. It is almost hypnotizing at times.
the internet has added an even bigger dimension to knitting. There are doors open to more yarns that our mom's never imagined. Everyone shares patterns there are sites for free patterns for any level of knitter. There are conventions to learn new techniques and to get the newest yarn. I am currently trying to decide if I want to take a train 3 hours to Santa Clara for one of the biggest yarn conventions. If I don't go this year I am going next year.
I am currently waiting for my invitation to join 'Raverly" it is an online site for knitters. It is like all other boards - only huge over 250,000 members. I don't know much abuot it but once I get in there i will let you know what I think.
My first sweater is coming along well. I have started working on teh body. Only 20 some more inches to go. I think to day tho I am going to work on my carpet bag. it needs some devotion plus i need a day of working with larger needles. my hands don't always lke those little needles. give me size 10 and up and I am a happy camper.
I have let many hobbies go by the way side but knitting seems different.
so I am off to knit one purl one for the afternoon.