The revival of the wool industry
There has been a large increase in the amount of people taking up the hobby of hand knitting, which is great for the UK knitting wool industry. The hobby was nearly extinct five years ago but the recession has turned this around as more people are making their own clothes. When people have more money you therefore have more money to spend on cloths which means knitting wool will see a decline in sales. It is also the case that people turn to wool in recessionary times rather than far less expensive synthetic fibres.
Most people have a image of “grannies” sitting in a circle in their armchairs knitting away, this is normally because it takes years of practice to become really good at knitting and therefore. However, more places are finding that the type of people buying knitting wool and yarn are getting younger. The advent of synthetic fibres such as nylon and polyester was a big blow and a industry responsible for the onset of the industrial revolution.
The knitting wool industry was at its peak in the 1950s. “Production is only 30% of what it used to be in the 1960s. Even in Australia there have been huge falls to what it was in the 1980s” says Mr Waterhouse who is a textile manufacturer in Yorkshire.
If you are interested in knitting as a hobby a great place to look and to find many things that can help you to learn is Readicut Crafts. They offer many different types of knitting wools, yarns and all the equipment you will need