Well, here it is, the last day of the month and I just found out that March has been National Crochet Month. During the month I went back to working on a rainbow colored, crocheted wrap I started last year, so I guess I've celebrated sufficiently.
Lots of media outlets seem to be hyping the hipness of knitting (NYT, need a password for the link) for the past year or so now. I've been knitting since high school. It was a popular thing to do at that preppy, private school, probably in no small part due to the fact that one of my friend's mother's owned a yarn shop in town. I remember going into the shop that sat right over the little falls of the Squamscott River and buying a pattern for a Portuguese fisherman's sweater and a bunch of purple yarn. The sweater had a cool little lace up thing at the neck and some simple pattern around the yoke. It was a pretty ambitious first project, but I finished it and wore it for years. I've knittied on and off since then and have made several sweaters and many hats, scarves and pairs of mittens.
I never really cared if knitting or crocheting was "cool" or not. It's relaxing and productive at the same time. I can't think of too many other things that fit that description. Kind of feels like the antithesis of work, which at times seems both pressured and non-productive.