My grandmother told me that knitting keeps "coming in and out of style." It was not very popular when she was in high school. Subsequently, that is when she knit her last item--a bright pink dress with a bell skirt and lace-up bodice--sure wish she still had that around.
Here then is proof in pictures (hope the link works). The photo caption reads:
Man Holding Yarn for Knitters
Knitting Fad Appears. Hollywood, California: With the return of bicycles, roller skates, and leg-of-mutton sleeves, so has knitting, the favorite pastime of our grandmothers, made its appearance, and is fast becoming an interesting fad. Left to right are Mrs. Leah Hubbard, Dorothy Lee and Leah Ray, with Phil Harris standing in the rear. Mrs. Hubbard and the two girls are working hard to complete their sweaters, as the first one finished will be given to Phil Harris, leader of the Cocoanut Grove Orchestra. © Bettmann/CORBIS
May 5, 1933 -- Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
I would like some nice gentleman to hold my yarn the next time I go out for drinks... so much better than dipping the ends of one's knitting in the gin.