I'm reading through the January 2008 issue of Yarn Market News and wanted to share an idea from an article talking about young knitters:
"Knitting is the low-tech counterbalance to the high-tech....It's perfect for today's teens. You think of young people being so keyed in to electronics and games. They're very connected to each other--via computer, via Facebook; knitting and crocheting give them that connectedness, too. They seem to respond to that feeling of creating something tangible. It's real; it's not virtual. ...The trends...reflect the push for personalization and customization. And that's what they think younger people turning to knitting is all about---they're responding to the pleasure of working with their hands....they need the peac, they need the quiet, they need the connectedness as much as adults do."