Today marks the first day of National Craft Month! Lisa and I are working our way to getting Knitscene Summer 2012 off to the printers (look for that preview around the end of the month!), but there's always time to talk about crafting, right?
According to the Craft and Hobby Association, over 56% of households in the US participate in some sort of crafting every year. That's all kinds of crafts—knitting and crocheting to be sure, but also sewing, woodworking, collaging, scrapbooking, quilting… That's more than half of the households in the United States making and doing for themselves in some way; so many people who savor the joy of creating by hand what could much more easily be made by a machine and purchased. Easy, yes, but certainly not nearly as gratifying.
Crafting has brought a lot into my life. When I moved to Colorado for my job at Knitscene, I knew a couple of wonderful people in town, but neither of them were crafters. Through the love of craft and the wonders of Ravelry, I became part of a tight-knit (pun intended) community of crafters. We knit and crochet, certainly, but we also sew and quilt and have plans to venture into the world of papier-mâché in the near future.
At home, I've got a couple of sweaters on the needles that I've decided must be finished by the end of the month. Don't ask me why. I just did. But I've also got a pair of socks on the needles as part of the Simply Sockupied Sock Knitalong. I'm knitting the Speed Bump Socks by Deb Barnhill.
How better to celebrate a month of crafting than by knitting yourself your own pair of socks? Whether you're new to sock knitting or an experienced sock knitter (I figured out the other day that I've technically knit almost 40 pairs of socks, though I "only" own about 25), the Simply Sockupied knitalong is an easy, productive, and FUN way to be a part of an online community of knitters.
What are you crafting this month? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!
P.S. – It's also National Crochet Month, and I can't wait to see what the gals at Crochet Me have cooking!