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There is no specific date as to when knitting was invented or as to who invented it. It is believed though that knitting has been around for a thousand years based on the discovery in Egypt of a knitted cotton “Coptic” socks dating around the end of the year 1000 AD. Because the knitting on those socks was already refined and skillfully made, many believe that knitting existed even way before those socks were made.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Considering the almost ancient origin of knitting, how come many people still knit today with patterns similar to what already existed a thousand years ago? Given the age of modernization, why does old-fashioned knitting still flourish and continue to have hordes of fans all over the world?

There are many reasons why this portable and inexpensive hobby is still around. Below are some of the more popular and obvious reasons.


Knitting is simple to do that almost anyone can do it, young or old. It keeps your hands busy in a way making it a form of exercise, which is good especially when you think you are not getting any younger. Knitting is one way wherein you can watch TV while being productive at the same time.


DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Knitting mostly benefits this aspect of your life. It helps you think sharply and improves your concentration. It has a calming effect (based on research) which is why many people are hooked on this light-hearted activity. It also flexes your level of creativity so you remain challenged. It is meditation for most people.


Knitting helps you to be patient with the patterns that you need to follow. It teaches you the value of perseverance and gives you a sense of achievement and joy that ultimately makes you feel good about yourself.


Knitting has brought many friends. Why? Wouldn't you be extremely overjoyed if a person hands you over a gift that he or she personally made? A personalized knitted gift makes people happy knowing the effort and time they invested on it. It is priceless!

There are obviously hundred more reasons why old-fashioned knitting is still around. The reasons are endless! It is addictive because the activity enhances your over-all creativity, it challenges your mind but in a relaxing manner like you've never had before. And even when you are already a seasoned knitter, knitting will still challenge you to experiment on new patterns and innovative projects.

So don't waste time, grab yourself a pair of knitting needles (if you inherited hand-me-down knitting needles sizes from your grandma, knitting needle conversion charts are a big help), some rolls of colorful yarns, and get those arms moving and be captivated by this timeless, laid-back activity that we all continuously learn to love.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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