Why knitting is the new rock’n’roll (from the telegraph U.K.)

Knitting is officially cool. It’s not quite up there with snowboarding or sky-diving, granted, but after
spending several decades languishing in the bottom drawer of affection, it’s suddenly become a
pastime to partake in with pride.
The roll call of major celebrities who have come out or been outed as keen knitters includes Julia
Roberts, Hilary Swank, Cameron Diaz, Winona Ryder, Madonna, Daryl Hannah, Kate Moss – and,
braving this female-dominated arena, Gladiator star Russell Crowe.
Wanting to do her bit in the wake of September 11, Goldie Hawn reached for her needles and
bundles of red, white and blue yarn and rustled up a star-spangled banner. “I was trying to knit
America back together,” she explained.
Kooky knitting has been held up as the ultimate stress-buster: a therapeutic meditative act with a
creative underlay.
“In the US, it’s the new yoga,” claims David Rawson, marketing manager of Sirdar, the UK’s leading
spinner of hand-knitted yarn. “It’s not quite as popular over here, but after the dark days of the
1980s and 1990s, knitting is definitely making a comeback.”
Just how cred this once fusty activity actually is becoming in the UK is suggested by Hat, a left-




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