Five Facts You Didn’t Know About Knitting

Five Facts You Didn’t Know About Knitting

Knitting is one of the few activities that is both relaxing and productive. There is something wonderful about sitting on the couch with a ball or skein of yarn, watching your favorite television show, and hearing your knitting needles click as you create a beautiful scarf, sweater, or other knitted item.

At Table-Mate®, we provide the best expanding tray tables that are perfect for holding all of your items while you knit. Don’t worry about your needles, thread, or other knitting items slipping between the cushions since you can slide our table top tray to you. Continue reading to learn five things you didn’t know about knitting and shop online to order the perfect expanding tray table for all of your needs.

1. Nobody knows how old knitting is.

Knitting is thought to be older than crocheting, but younger than weaving. Since knitted fabrics tend to decay with time, archaeologists have a very challenging time trying to determine when it first appeared.

2. It was once a male-only occupation.

You have probably heard it said that the one thing that is constant is change. In fact, societies can change so much over time that occupations, colors, and clothing styles can swing from one end of the spectrum to the other. Knitting used to be a predominantly male trade, which probably stems from creating and maintaining the massive fishing nets they used to catch fish. In fact, the first knitting union founded in 1527 in Paris did not allow women to join.

3. Knitting is a healthy hobby.

As someone who enjoys knitting, you may already know that knitting helps to decrease stress, which improves your overall health. It can also improve motor function, which helps to prevent arthritic diseases. What you probably didn’t know, however, is that it burns calories! If you knit for a half hour, then you can burn up to 55 calories, which translates into 200 calories after a few hours of knitting.

4. Knitting is a record-breaking hobby.

In 2012, a total of 3,083 knitters gathered in the Royal Albert Hall in London to set the record for the most people knitting simultaneously. Additionally, David Babcock broke the Guinness World Record for his time in the Kansas City Marathon at 5:48:27. If you’re wondering what this has to do with knitting, then you’ll probably be surprised to learn that he ran the entire marathon while knitting a scarf that wound up totaling more than 12 feet in length!

5. Wool has not always been the most popular yarn. 

In the early days of knitting, wool was hardly the most popular yarn to use, which is probably due in part to the lack of availability outside of agricultural areas. Cotton and silk were the most popular yarns to use for the first 400 years of knitting’s history. As wool gained popularity, wool farmers began to breed sheep specifically for the types of wool that would be sustainable, strong, and soft. As society continues to change and we are more aware of using sustainable materials, plant-based fibers such as bamboo, linen, and cotton have begun to grow in popularity.

We hope you enjoyed learning a few things you didn’t know about knitting, and maybe even reignited your passion for knitting. At Table-Mate®, we know that knitting is much more enjoyable when you have a sturdy, expanding tray table to manage all of your items. We provide the best, adjustable tray tables that extend and slide towards you to make knitting and all of your other hobbies more enjoyable. Be sure to shop online today and order your expanding tray table.

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