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After decades of sitting quietly on the sidelines, knitting and crocheting are back in the limelight. Celebrities like Julia Roberts aren’t the only ones who have been spotted carrying around knitting needles and unfinished pieces. All around the country, kids are taking naturally to the colors and textures of yarn and fabric. While they’re busy creating projects, they’re learning a hobby that teaches them patience, gives a sense of pride, and allows them to connect with their parents and grandparents.


“It’s great for kids to make something. They feel such a sense of accomplishment,” says Gail Parrinello, owner of Cornwall Yarn Shop. “It’s such a good hobby for children.”

Some children get interested by watching their mothers; others see their friends doing it. “Sometimes one child will start knitting, and then it spreads around the school,” Parrinello says. In fact, some schools have formed after-school knitting and sewing clubs.

Most children can begin learning the craft by age 8, although those with exceptional motor skills may pick it up sooner, Parrinello says. Crocheting, because it only involves one needle, is considered by some to be easier and faster to learn – “though not for me!” she laughs.


Carolyn Quoma is a freelance writer living in Beacon.

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