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A Recession–Friendly Girls’ Night In

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Before we became so inundated with television, the Internet, and rushed chats with our dearest friends over a quick cup of coffee during our breaks from work, women bonded through needlework.

How to Make An American Quilt portrays the long forgotten quilting circle that has brought women in communities together in the United States since our country was established.

To, me, knitting and crocheting is more than just a fun hobby, but a bonding experience. 

I began crocheting when I was twenty years old. I begged my mom to teach me (who most likely thought I was going to quit right when I started!), which she did. I worked for nearly two months to make my first lopsided scarf, but after I got the idea down, I was hooked. (No pun intended!) After my grandfather passed, my cousin Nikki (also an avid crocheter) and I would spend Thursday nights with our grandmother, sharing stories and crocheting projects. Even today, whenever I go to see my grandmother, she wants to know what project I am working on.

Though many people may not find the relevance of knitting or crocheting in their lives, others believe quite the opposite. With the onslaught of the online Web forum for crocheters and knitters, Ravelry has taken the Internet by storm, allowing its members to swap patterns, yarn, and fun ideas.

Knitting, crocheting, sewing, and quilting, seem to rise in popularity during a recession. Why? Well, first of all, knitting and crocheting are stress relievers. Projects are also easy to take with you on a strenuous morning commute to work. Also, you can create gifts when your purse strings are tight to give to family and friends. Bad economy or good, we all love to receive hand made gifts.

Another penny saver? Throw a knit in with your friends. Share projects over a glass of wine. With the popularity of Kate Jacobs book, The Friday Night Knit Club and its sequel, Knit Two, many women I know have been prompted to learn the craft to not only make great presents for people, but to also get an insight into this sisterhood of crafters Jacobs depicts.

Knitting and crocheting are mainstream and here to stay. GlamourGals, a New York Based nonprofit, is even throwing a “Hot Pink Party” to teach women in New York City how to knit and crochet scarves. The perfect project for beginners!

Regardless of how you feel about crafting, we all want more quality time with our friends, so grab a hook or a pair of needles, invite your girlfriends over, and give it a try!

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