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It used to be that knitting was seen as the activity for women at a more mature stage in life but that is no longer the case. Knitting has seen a revival in its fortunes and for many reasons, it has become an activity that younger men and women and turning to. It is still predominantly an activity that is enjoyed by females but when it comes to picking up knitting needles, there is no barrier to having fun.

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.

One of the factors that have influenced the increase in popularity of knitting has been the current economic situation. Virtually everyone is looking for ways to decrease their expenditure without impacting on the quality of their life. Whether someone is looking for new clothes or to give a fun and exciting present to a loved one, knitting can be an affordable yet interesting solution.

The fact that knitting allows people to put a personal slant on an item of clothing or gift makes it an even better option. When giving a gift, being able to add a personal touch is often the best gift available. The thought of a gift is much more important than the cost and if a gift has been made with love for the recipient, it is likely to be adored.

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).

The personal touch may also be the thing that people are looking for to add a unique twist to their own clothing range. Individuality is one of the most important things for many people but with the increased uniformity across major brands, it is becoming harder to have a fashion style that is entirely unique to the wearer. Anyone that is looking to turn heads and get people asking where their clothes were bought from should find that knitting is the ideal way to grab attention and stand out from the crowd.

People who are new to knitting may think it is difficult to take up knitting as an activity but there are many great ways to get started with this hobby. Knitting patterns are the ideal way to begin making creations that will look professional and feel as though they have been bought from a store.

It would also be fair to say that the increase in popularity for knitting has a lot to do with the wide variety of knitting yarns available. There is a great range of options for look, feel and even budget when it comes to yarns and that is before someone starts to consider the array of shades and hues available. No matter what colour best suits your style, there will be a yarn available to get the product you want. Whether people are looking for a scarf that helps them support their favourite team or complete a cover that compliments the style and finish of a room, the flexibility of yarns should ensure that there is something for everyone.

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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