Knitting 'now glamorous and fun'

Knitting 'now glamorous and fun'

Anyone who enjoys crafts will have noticed the revival in knitting and crocheting over the past decade, as it sheds its stereotypical image.

Tracey Wye, a keen knitter and crocheter from Potton explained to Biggleswade Today this week that younger people were getting more involved in these crafts, and they are no longer the preserve of elderly women.

She said: "Women and men of all ages are picking up knitting and crochet again, and magazines and papers go mad for photos of Hollywood A-listers stitching away between shooting their latest blockbuster."

Mrs Wye explained that the popularity of The Great British Sewing Bee was testament to the resurgence in crafts and the current trend of 'make do and mend'.

She joked that the years of hideous wools and patterns are over and instead there are many gorgeous yarns using textures and colours available.

"Gone are the days of drab grey needles; they now come in rainbow colours, or shiny metal, bamboo, wood, sparkly plastic, and they add an element of glamour and fun."

Mrs Wye currently runs knitting and crochet classes where she teaches people of all ages the basics behind these crafts and tips on how to improve their techniques.

After learning to knit with her grandma when she was five, she went back to the hobby after getting married and began knitting football scarves for her husband.

"Since then I have worked on something every day, and made everything from socks, to hats, jumpers and toys," she explained.

Mrs Wye went on to say how much fun knitting and crocheting can be, adding that they "can lead to a whole new social life", especially if you join community groups or practice with friends.

Finally, she advised learning both, as each lends themselves better to different projects, meaning you can take on a wider variety of designs and projects.

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