Young people 'going back to basics with knitting'

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Young people are picking up new skills as they look to go back to basics, claims a knitting shop owner in Bermuda.

Irena Ashton, who owns The Black Purl knitting and yarn store, told the Royal Gazette Online that knitting is enjoying a huge comeback.

She explained that there are two main reasons why people knit.

"One, to make things - you can go to most stores and buy a nice sweater relatively cheaply, but it is different if someone has made it for you," Ms Ashton said.

She added that the second reason was "the younger generation are knitting because they find it relaxing. It is a bit addictive! Knitting does have a meditative quality".

The knitting store owner joked that with so many distractions around nowadays knitting is three per cent talent and 97 per cent not getting distracted by electronics.

She discussed how knitting is a cheap and easy hobby to start and offers a great new skill for people of all ages.

Ms Ashton said: "People are turning to things that are simpler. Gardening, wood working - and knitting. A lot of younger folks do yoga, they grow their own vegetables, and they knit!

"It really is fun - and it really does bring people together. It's a community, knitters like to know other knitters, and also to create a community where people can sit and knit and talk."

The Black Purl is planning to offer regular knitting sessions to give people the chance to learn how to knit, with children's classes expected to start later in the summer.

Ms Ashton discussed how nowadays there were so many ways to get involved and learn how knit.

While in generations gone by family members would have passed these skills on, she said that the internet and YouTube videos in particular have helped to revive knitting and made it more familiar to younger people.

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