GardenQuilts wrote: "More attractive to more people" isn't always a good thing. My guess is that they want to make it more lucrative to the parent company. Understandable. I am a new member. I have time to decide if I will renew my membership.
Sharran, if I lived nearby, I'd teach you to knit the way my Norwegian grandmother taught me. Crochet is hot right now. There is a good magazine from Interweave press (an excellent fiberarts and natural living publisher) called Interweave Crochet. People are knitting or crocheting throws with huge needles/hooks using several stands of yarn at once. Tiffany likes to pull my throw off the bed and sleep on it. No fleece for Tiffany, she prefers natural fibers, especially mohair and alpaca. Here is a less than perfect picture of Tiffany, my mohair throw and my fingers.