Here at Little Lamb Wool we are avid knitters and believe there is a lot of enjoyment to be experienced from this rewarding hobby. Thinking of having a go at knitting but need a little more persuading? Check out our five great reasons to take up knitting as a hobby below.
1. Make personalised and affordable gifts for others
Once you have mastered the basics of knitting and had plenty of practice, you will soon be able to make good quality knitted gifts for others to wear and enjoy. Not sure what to buy your friend for their birthday? Why not knit them a new jumper? Or if a family member has had a new baby, you could knit them a pair of booties or mittens. The possibilities for gifts are endless!
It is also worth considering donating your knitted creations to charities. All sorts of charities ask people to send in their knitted goods, including those located in the UK and elsewhere in the world. By donating a knitted blanket, a hat or scarf, to keep someone warm and comfortable, you could be making a real difference to his or her life.
If this is something you would like to do, we recommend contacting your local neonatal ward, as many premature babies are in need of blankets and hats or your local homeless charity.
2. Knitting is a rewarding hobby
We don’t know about you, but for us, there is nothing more rewarding than learning a new skill. Some people find knitting easier than others, but with a little practice you will master the basics in no time! There are a number of interesting techniques you can learn and an endless number of projects you can try out, so you will never get bored. Just wait until you finish your first knitted project, you will be so proud of yourself that you will be showing it to as many people as you possibly can!
3. Social knitting is a great way to meet people
Many people think of knitting as a hobby you do alone, but that is just not true! There are so many different social knitting groups to join in the UK – we bet there is even one in your local area. Social knitting groups provide a great way to meet new people and share passion for your hobby. Of course, the topic of conversation isn’t always knitting-related; the great thing about knitting is that you can multi-task so you will be able to chat for hours on end whilst still being productive!
If you have moved to a new area or work from home and are looking for a way to meet new people and make new friends, joining a knitting club is a fantastic idea. Simply do a quick search on Google and we bet you’ll find a knitting club you can join.
There is also an avid online knitting community that you can get involved with. As well as numerous forums and Facebook groups related to knitting, many hobbyists also set up blogs where they share their creations, tips and knitting related news to communicate and engage with others. If you are a Twitter user, you may want to consider joining in with #knittinghour chat that takes place every Thursday from 7:30pm until 8:30pm.
4. Knitting is a way to make money
What many people don’t realise is that knitting can be a hobby that pays. Although some knitters are happy giving their creations away for free to friends and family, if you wanted to supplement your current income, you may want to consider selling your creations at local craft fairs or online. Knitted items are particularly popular in the winter, so we recommend asking around to see if any of your friends want to place an order. If you fancy selling your creations online, we recommend checking out Etsy and creating your own Facebook page.
5. Knitting is very relaxing
Whilst your hands may be constantly moving, knitting is still one of the most relaxing hobbies you can do. One of our favourite things about it is that you can actually knit whilst doing other things, like watching TV! Of course, in order to multi-task well, you will need to master the knitting basics, but once you have done that, you’ll be able to watch TV, chat to your friends and watch your kids all whilst knitting your next project.
Many people find knitting very therapeutic, particularly those with highly stressful jobs. Because you can get into a routine with it, you will be able to let your mind wander elsewhere and relax whilst still being productive.
Now can you see why we think knitting is one of the best hobbies? Not only can you get enjoyment from it but there is also the opportunity to help others and make a few extra pennies!