Yarn just might be one of the most versatile craft materials out there. Obviously, knitting and crocheting are the first things that come to mind when creating with yarn, but the uses don't end there. Here at Wimp, we've seen some pretty awesome yarn DIY projects, including this cool lamp that involves yarn of your choice and a whole lot of glue.
Knitting dates back to at least the 11th century CE and similar techniques of creating textiles with yarn are thought to have been in existence even in the 3rd century CE. Knitting likely originated in the Middle East, then spread to Europe and the Americas via trade routes. Since then, it has become both a popular hobby and was at one time an important occupation. Commercial knitting has become increasingly mechanized, though, starting in 1589.
Knitting and other yarn crafts have recently experienced a revival of sorts. The "Handmade Revolution" and general interest in DIY have made young people pick up needles and hooks again. Creating fun, wearable art is also more affordable now, with natural and exotic fibers costing considerably less than they used to, as well as being more widely available. There are even new techniques, including finger knitting and the use of oversized needles that allow whole patterns to be worked up very quickly, and new applications popping up. The Internet is also at the heart of this resurgence. By allowing people to share information and patterns, ask for advice and receive help easily, it's not hard at all to teach yourself to knit without leaving home.
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