What links crochet and rock 'n' roll music?

What links crochet and rock 'n' roll music?

Knitting and crocheting are unlikely, yet surprisingly popular hobbies, for many celebrities, with stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Sharon Osbourne among the most prominent craft fans.

American rock duo Deap Vally have revealed this week that they too enjoy crocheting.

Speaking to antimusic.com, Julie Edwards from the band explained the link between rock 'n' roll and craft.

The drummer explained: "Crocheting is very rhythmic when you get into it. It's very, very tactile. It requires coordination, creativity and muscle memory."

Crochet is also how Julie met her bandmate guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Troy, as they first bonded over basic stitches at a crochet class in 2011 when Julie was teaching people how to get to grips with a crochet hook.

The pair went on to discuss the sexism they often face being two women in a rock band but rather than moaning about this they choose to embrace their femininity, along with their craft skills as part of their musical identity.

Lindsey explained: "I feel like we kind of flaunt our femininity. It's not something we're trying to hide or downplay. For us it's empowering."

Julie agreed and told the publication: "I think we like to play off what people expect. People see us walk out and they think whatever they're going to think, but they're never prepared for what we actually play in front of them and I think that's pretty awesome."

Crochet and knitting may not be seen as very rock 'n' roll pursuits, but this ultimately comes down to what exciting patterns you are using and what you decide to make.

Music fans could try crocheting a drum stick holder or a plectrum pouch. Other ideas could include making a knitted cover for your guitar strap or even a bandana.

Be inspired by your hobbies and create a jumper with the logo or motif from your favourite band or artist.

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