It’s funny nowadays. Everybody buys their clothes. It’s not ‘cool’ to knit or sew your own any more and crafts like this are seen as a very old skill. They are seen as women’s hobbies and skills and it isn’t often that you find men doing crafts like this as a hobby, which is completely silly, as some of the world’s best designers are men!
Both my dad and grandad tried knitting once. Their wool came out as a triangle because they dropped stitches and held the wool too tight. Dad watches us knit and tells us that he thinks it is magic. He made me think the other day by wondering how many thousands of years ago a fisherman or someone working in trade just decided to pick up a bit of string and two sticks and start making knots and voilà ... knitting was born!
My mum is brilliant at sewing and knitting and I’ve decided that I want to learn to sew better. We’ll both sit there and watch television in the evening and knit jumpers. The more you practise, the better you get, but I find sewing a bit more difficult as the pattern contains lots of specific language that I don’t quite understand yet and I’m scared of doing it wrong. You also need a lot of surface space to cut the patterns out and with my family, something almost always gets moved across the room by accident, or into another room entirely!
I walked into the fabric shop the other day to pick up some fabric and a pattern and was amazed that I could find the pattern online and could watch a YouTube video to show me how to make my dress! The best thing is that you can start off with really simple designs and make small and easy items of clothing first and work your way up. It’s not difficult if you can follow a pattern and are careful with how you cut the fabric and sew it together. Plus, you can make a dress exactly how you want it and make it fit perfectly!
Can you knit or sew? Do you enjoy it? Do you think it's better to buy clothes in shops or make them at home?