Okay, so I have been a huge knitter. For about 3 years. I have a lot of experience (never succeeded with intarsia though), and I love it. But lots of people don't get it's part in fashion! It's been around for so long! So long, in fact, no one seems to be able to track it's inventor. Women (and sometimes men) have knitted for their children and loved ones so much. I wish we could weigh all of the knitted items in the world, just to see how much is actually knitted.
I just don't get why people see it as just another craft. People see it as this super feminine oppressive thing. (AND WHAT IS WRONG WITH SOMETHING THAT'S SUPER FEMININE???). These people are Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs, if you ask me. By saying something is stupid because it's girly, and that girls that don't do sports or something boyish are somehow oppressed, your saying that things that girls do are stupid, but guy stuff is the only cool stuff! Gee, that's feminist! Being told I shouldn't do something, Wow, how empowered I feel!
Anyway. Knitwear is very important. We can make beautiful knitted items, like Intarsia sweaters and all sorts of stuff. If you go into a cute little independent knit shop, you'll be amazed at what you find. Sure, they have tons of doilies and doily patterns (which are amazing. but some people hate them, so i'm giving you that as a disclaimer), but they also sell all sorts of types of yarn, like Alpaca, Baby Alpaca(which is extra soft and thick because the babies are healthier), ox, Possum, old water bottle, sea shells, banana, metal, and all sorts of yarn. And almost all knitting stores have handmade knitwear on display. This stuff is pure art, cables used in ways you'd never imagine. People even create new stitches sometimes!
SO QUIT YR HATIN' ON THE KNITTIN'!