Who has never worn a yarn hat of some kind? Go ahead, raise your hands...it's okay. You are a select few who have found joy in other hat materials, and I salute your freedom of choice.
The rest of us, however have had the joy of pulling that warm, soft, stretchy but hugging cap over our hair, and settling it on our forehead just right. Why, with the choices (of perhaps warmer, more functional, hats out there do we keep going back to the tried and true many of us grew up with our grandmothers and great-grandmothers hand making, a stitch at a time, for us?
First, what a yarn hat (or mitten, or scarf, etc) has going against it:
1) It is labor intensive.
Even for the fastest yarn crafter, building a useful end product takes time. With hectic work, kid, fur baby, etc. etc. etc. schedules, many people don't have time to learn or to take on one more project.
2) The yarn and supplies can add up quickly.
Most of us obsessed with yarn watch the sales and clearance events and have to stop ourselves from letting the mountain of yarn overtake our houses. If you are making a specific one-off project and need specific yarn and a certain amount of it, it can be more expensive than just going out and buying that cardigan sweater. Some people think "Why bother"
3) People are just not taught by their relatives as much as they used to be.
My Grandmother taught me to work the yarn and needle, and let's just say at 4, I didn't learn overnight. We are slowly losing the skills that used to be staple past times. We opened my Grandmother's hope chest when she passed, and in it were stacks and stacks of doilies, embroidery, and just about every other handcrafted cloth item there was. They didn't call it hand-crafted art back then, they just did it. Daily. Usually while sitting around chatting with friends and family. In today's world, that slower pace of life just isn't there. Many activities have taken its place.
So now that I've thoroughly bummed you out and have you longing for yesteryear, Here are the reasons I think yarn crafting is here to stay:
1) It is so darn cute! (Especially on children and babies)
There is a reason many of the photo props for newborns and such are knit or crocheted. The choice of patterns are endless, and you can welcome your bundle of joy (or fur baby) with a certain style and fit that suites them (and you) exactly. Not to mention how highly customization they are. We have not seen the last of sleeping babies in adorable hats and skirts and (in my daughters' case) Minnie Mouse outfits. (I did not make them - this talented lady did: https://www.etsy.com/shop/1beautifulhandmade) Photos by BellaLaVitaPhoto.com and CustomCreationsPhotography.com
2) It is made with love
From gifts from relatives, to your own creation, to preemie NICU hats and chemo hats. There is a genuine desire to help others that comes with receiving or giving a hand-crafted yarn item. I still have many of the NICU beanies and the hat and bootie gifts we received.
3) People love doing it, and you can only make yourself so many hats, scarves, etc.
Much like number two, this one follows that the people making these items love to do it. For me it is relaxing and a time to slow down and pay attention the process in my hands. I can do it and still be present for my family or friends, and it just makes me happy.
So there you have it. My humble opinions on knitting and crochet. Two hobbies and forms of art that touch countless lives every day.
Do what makes you happy-
Eclectic crochet fanatic & designer. Mpls, Sci Fi, God, JRTs, girls-6,6,3 & hubs=love. firstname.lastname@example.org