So far I’ve had 696 responses to my knitting survey. Yikes!
I think this is mainly down to the wonders of ravelry, after I posted a link to the survey on the ravelry forum. Thankyou to everyone who took part, and please pass on the link to anyone you think might be interested.
Lots of people have asked me the very fair question of What do you intend to do with the results? So here goes.
Initially, my main reason for putting together the survey was curiousity about how and why people learn to knit. A conversation with my dad about his experience of learning to knit (making blanket squares for refugees in cub scouts) got me wanting to interview others about their first experiences of knitting.
I realised that an online survey would reach the most people and in different parts of the world, albeit only english-readers with access to a computer and the internet.
I typed up the questions that covered the areas that most interested me (e.g. How old are most people when they first learn to knit? How do people’s learning experiences tend to differ from one country to the next?) and that I thought would allow people to tell their stories. Then I released the survey into the wilderness, and, as an afterthought, posted it on ravelry.
I don’t have much more of a motive for setting up this survey than that. I’m very interested in knitting and its social history. Perhaps this survey will lead to a bigger research project on the social history of knitting, but for now I’m happy to see what comes of this initial investigation.
I will be posting the results of the survey here on the blog once I’ve collected a week’s worth of data, had a good look at it and worked out the best way of presenting and writing it up.