When domestic diva Martha Stewart was sent to jail for insider trading she started a crochet craze amongst her fellow inmates, and thousands of people have since downloaded her jail-house poncho pattern off the net.
Lismore woman Denise Rall said that was when knitting and crochet circles really started to take off in the United States and there are now thousands of knitting blogs on the internet.
Knitting is everywhere at the moment, she said. I think people are trying to reconnect. Theyve even started knitting in the coffee houses in New York.
Denise has now started up a Lismore knitting circle which meets every Thursday morning upstairs at Caddies Coffee Shop.
Denise said the group had only been running for a few weeks but had so far attracted a broad cross section of ages, although it was mostly younger women who never had the chance to learn from their mothers.
She said these days people were knitting with some highly unusual materials like plastic bags and wire and it was often being used in a sculptural context.
Weve got a TAFE design student coming to learn to knit and crochet, she said. Its a lost art they dont teach it anywhere anymore.
Denise said the knitting circle wasnt a formal or traditional group and she was by no means an expert, but she had friends who were coming along to support the group and help teach.
Its not rigid we do anything, she said. Well work it out from the pattern. We take chances. We try each others ideas out. We share wool.
The knitting circle is free and runs every Thursday from 10am until midday. For more information call Denise on 0427 245 497 before 6pm.
Meanwhile, the Lismore Spinners and Weavers are holding a workshop on creating a driftwood loom next Friday, September 15, at Mcleans Ridges Hall from 9.30am. Bring driftwood, found objects, left-over yarn and a crochet hook. The cost is $20. Phone Lorraine on 6624 2025 for more info.
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