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In cultures around the world and going back several centuries, knitting has been practiced as a useful art form. It creates clothing that is functional as well as decorative. Although many people tend to joke about the infamous Christmas sweaters when they think about knitting, this craft actually holds a long, rich history. From Egypt to Europe and even areas of South America, archaeologists have discovered remnants of ancient knitting. It was only much later by 1527 that the Parisians formed the first ever professional knitting trade union. Unlike the majority of modern knitters, at the time, knitting was the domain of men.
Later on as it was popularized, it caught on among women too, not only as a profession but also as a hobby. About a century later, Britain became a knitting hub, exporting mass amounts of knitting stockings. As knitters progressed in their techniques and tools, they found that knitting could also be applied to many other areas. Instead of only knitting socks or stockings, people started to knit all manner of other clothing items. They even created knitted toys, doilies, tea cozies, and other pieces that mainly served as decoration. Today knitting is still alive and well all over the world. There are scores of clubs, groups, and even larger official organizations all devoted to the art of knitting. It is truly a rare treat to receive a custom knitted gift and to see the thought, time and hard work that the other person has put into it. Non-knitters often view this craft as complicated, although it is really quite the opposite. There are plenty of tutorials and instructions online that teach beginners how to create wonderful projects on their own. Browse our complete collection of knitting needles for sale here. To get started, simply browse through the collection of resources below!
Popular Brands of Knitting Needles
In modern knitting there are many types of knitting needles and many various manufacturers all over the world. The most popular manufacturer of quality circular needles is Addi in Germany. The Addi Turbo Circular needles are made of nickel plated aluminum with a very smooth join where the needle meets the cable. Addi also makes a bamboo circular needle as well as lace circulars which have a sharper point for smaller yarn. They come with a lifetime warranty and are available in nearly every knitting shop across the country. Another very popular brand are the KA Bamboo needles. The KA stands is actually an acronym for Kinki Amibari. The Kinki Amibari needles or KA needles are one of the most popular bamboo knitting needles on the market. They have a smooth join that actually swivels to allow your work to twist as you knit if needed. They also have a full line of needles from double point and single point to crochet and tunisian crochet hooks. KA has been making knitting needles since 1916 and they actually made them for the Clover needle until clover decided to go out on their own in the 1980's and try making the needles cheaper cutting out Kinki Amibari. Kinki Amibari knitting needles are far superior than clover with precision quality and great price point.
Another popular brand of knitting needle is Lantern Moon. Lantern Moon knitting needles are made of exotic woods from Vietnam. These are precision crafted from local artisans in the Vietnam region supported by the Lantern Moon company. Lantern Moon supports fair trade and has helped to build small factories and villages to enable the war torn people of Vietnam to provide a good living for their families. They are doing great things and making some excellent quality knitting needles. They offer single point, double point, as well as circular needles in blondewood, ebony and rosewood.
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