I don't know about you but my life would have a big empty hole if I couldn't knit or sew.
When I was a physio at Caulfield Hospital in the mid 1980s working with people who had suffered strokes, the occupational therapists often went to great lengths to help people find a way to carry on with their handcraft hobbies even though the patient often had lost the full function of one side of their body and many times their planning abilities had been affected.
Finding a way for people to knit was often very successful though slow.
At the start of their new knitting journey many of the women were frustrated by the time it took to produce something that was nowhere near the quality or complexity of their past work
but those who persevered did improve.
When I was physio at that same hospital, happily knitting away in my lunch hour joined by most of the other 20 and 30 somethings, a 50 something social worker said women tied their troubles into every stitch they knitted rather than speak out or try to change things.
I got the impression she was rather disappointed in us for not waving the Women's Lib flag and discarding all those things that were associated with women in the home.
How wrong she was though she did confuse me for a while, made me feel at 25 that I was somehow doing the wrong thing by enjoying knitting.
Few women on the wonderful Ravelry would think of themselves as being subordinated and quietened by their knitting. I am so glad we have moved on from the need to distance ourselves from the handcrafts that have given so much joy and purpose to women over many centuries as well as provide much needed warmth and comfort to the recipients.
( and yes I do know that men knit as well but that I think has a different story)