Makeover Monday: Tangled Up in Knitting

By: Lauren Whitney Email
By: Lauren Whitney Email

You wouldn't think that a few of the Grand Valley's best knitters are under the age of 30.

But three ladies are proof that knitting is becoming more popular in a younger generation.

Allison Belvens is one of those ladies you love to hate.

Not only is she an extremely talented young business owner of Tangle, but she is one of those people who can pick up just about anything.

"I got a book and learned,” she says.

A few years ago Allison picked up "Stitch and Bitch", the first knitting book aimed at a younger crowd.

And since then, the knitting trend has taken off.

"It's gotten very modern, very fashionable. Its way more geared to a younger generation,” she says.

Allison isn't the lone young knitter in town.

Rickelle Hicks and Amy Lentz are two of Allison's crafty partners.

"We get together on Thursday night and work on projects and help pick out yarn," Rickelle says.

While these ladies are busy stitching and creating, they aren't alone.

Amy Lentz says she's seen more young women in the store.

"Most of the people I know who knit are my age,” she says.

So why the change in age demographic? Well, the opinion varies as much as the different colors of yarn.

"I think young people just like to be creative,” Rickelle says. “They like to make things with their hands and it's cool to be able to finish a project and say you made it.”

Amy says, "Knitting and sewing have kind of become a lost art and our generation is finding it really attractive to recreate them in a different way.”

Belevens however feels it's more than just rediscovering an older art.

"I think it's feminism coming full circle,” she says. “I think whereas maybe our parents or even the generation before them shunned everything that was women's work, now it's like were regaining that.”

The movement is gaining momentum and with new modern patterns "people are making really cool, really hip patterns for people our age,” Amy says.

“Anyone can learn, it's not that hard," Allison says.

Knitting isn't just for ladies.

Amy Lentz says both of her brothers knit and are very proud of it.

If you're interested in learning, head over to Tangle on Main Street.

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