Why do people enjoy knitting?

@scheng1 (24812)
Singapore
April 8, 2009 10:49am CST
I have noticed that people in some countries enjoy knitting. A lot of people in rural China knit. I do not know whether they knit for a living or for their families or just a hobby. Over here in Singapore, it is very rare to see anyone knitting. It is much cheaper to buy the knitted garment from the shop. Do you like knitting? Do you knit for income or hobby or other reason? Do you enjoy knitting? If given a chance, I like to learn knitting. Quite hard to do so in Singapore, knitting is just not cost-effective.
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8 responses
• Singapore
13 Apr 09
I enjoy knitting when I have spare time. I knit to pass time.
@scheng1 (24812)
• Singapore
13 Apr 09
It must be a very enjoyable activity to you. It is a much better activity than just watching TV, many ladies can knit and talk and watch TV at the same time. Envy them so much, they really know what is multi tasking.
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• United States
15 Apr 09
i'm just learning how to knit, and i really enjoy it. it gives me something to do with my hands in the evening. it is better than just setting and watching tv. shel
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• United States
9 Apr 09
KNITTING CAN BE VERY THERAPUTIC. YOU DON'T NEED TONS OF TIME....JUST PATIENCE BECAUSE YOU CAN'T GET THAT INSTANT GRATIFICATION. START W/ A SCARF...SMALLER AND QUICKER. MAYBE YOU CAN START A NEW TREND IN SINGAPORE! YARN CAN BE BOUGHT ONLINE AT DISCOUNTS ...TRY www.elan.com...they have bagfull sales. cost effective does not replace the joy of wearing something you have made!
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@scheng1 (24812)
• Singapore
9 Apr 09
There are some people who love to knit in Singapore, but it's not common. You dont get to see people knitting on the way to work or even knit at home. Some people learn to knit but never really put a lot of time and effort to make anything useful with it. SIngapore has a very hot and humid climate. Most of us love to wear something airy, like T-shirt or cotton material. The blouse and skirts are rather cheap here, so there is no incentive for people to learn sewing or knitting.
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• United States
8 Apr 09
I have been knitting for almost 40 years now. I find it relaxes me when I am feeling stressed. It also is a nice feeling of accomplisment to know that I haev made something with my own hands.
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@scheng1 (24812)
• Singapore
9 Apr 09
Must be very nice to knit for yourself and your family. Do you knit for living or as a hobby? Many people in China where I visited knit because they have to. Some of them are selling the knitted wear for money. Some find it cheaper to knit than to buy ready made goods.
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@Niah1976 (733)
• Philippines
8 Apr 09
maybe people like to knit because that makes them happy. they forget their problems for awhile and enjoy that they're doing.
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@scheng1 (24812)
• Singapore
9 Apr 09
Maybe some of them feel this way. Some newbies may not feel this way. Once I talked to a lady who was knitting and we carried on conversing about life and weather and general topics. Till she lost her pattern or whatever you called it, and she had to take out a few rows and re-do the knitting. Apparently she's not those that can talk and knit at the same time.
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@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
13 Jul 09
Hello Scheng. I love knitting or crocheting for many reasons, one of which, you get something lovely and useful to wear or use about the house when a piece is finished, and you can make nice gifts and save money, too. Beyond that, I find it relaxing and it helps keep my sore hands more flexible ( I have tendonitis and some arthritis in both hands.) Karen
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@scheng1 (24812)
• Singapore
13 Jul 09
Hi Karen, much as I admire people who knows how to knit, I know nothing about knitting. The climate in Singapore means that most of us are more comfortable in T-shirts and jeans. So there is really no incentive to learn to knit, other than as a hobby. Maybe when I'm old, and want to migrate to temperate country, I will learn knitting.
• United States
12 Jul 09
I have a fascination with Hobbies that used to be home crafts. I love to find old garments and items and figure out the patterns. I do these and other projects first as a hobby then now with the economical down fall as a way to make clothes for my kids. Sweaters and such can be expensive. I make each child a sweater, a hoodie, hats & mittens, socks and slippers each year. Between that and some dresses and nightgowns that I sew we have cut the kids clothing bills by at least 3 quarters. Good hobby I say.
@scheng1 (24812)
• Singapore
13 Jul 09
Hi Opinionatedlady, I think this recession will resurrect the home crafts hobbies. Since many people have no full time employment to keep them occupied, knitting, cooking and whatever other crafts become a logical choice, to make some money or save some money. At least knitting is not going to die anytime now.
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Knitting can be cost effective depending on the cost of the yarn you use. You can make your own plarn from plastic bags and knit with that :-) (See my helium article) I started to knit when I was young and found it to be quite soothing. While items you purchase off the rack may be cheaper than a garment or item you knit yourself, the hand knitted item has a much greater value and is unique.
@scheng1 (24812)
• Singapore
20 Jul 09
Hi Canellita, I hope to have a chance to learn knitting later on in life. Right now, I can't even pinpoint any of my friend or relative who knows how to knit. Some of them do learn to sew, and have a hard time finding a sewing machine. Hardly anyone in Singapore knows how to knit, or if they do know, they are not making use of their skills.
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Scheng you can easily learn to knit! Lion Brand Yarns has instructions in .pdf form on their website and the DIY network, HGTV and even you tube are bound to have videos where you can see it actually being done. Believe me, the basics of knitting are so simple. It only gets complex when you start to make fancy items. What is the coldest temperature Singapore gets in the winter?
• United States
17 Oct 11
i like to knit because i like being self reliant i like to grow my own fruit and vegetables and i like to stitch together my own clothes i do not like having to rely on stores or other people to take care of me or my needs but i do also see it as a hobby i think making your own clothes is cheaper and this way you can taper them to your own body type once i find more time to knit i would like to start selling them to add to my income
@scheng1 (24812)
• Singapore
18 Oct 11
Hi Cowgirl, over here, it is much cheaper to buy clothing than to make anything. I think that is the problem with a small country and the whole country is a big city. Land is very expensive, and the cost of living is very high. The garment industry here is almost non-existent, due to the high cost of manufacturing in the country. It is much cheaper to import clothing from China or Malaysia. Even if a person wants to make his own clothing, she will find it hard to get the raw material. Hardly any shop sells wool or knitting needles.