Over the years I've gotten teased (good-naturedly) about my pursuit of "dying" arts - like crochet, knitting, ceramics, etc.
meaning those arts that aren't seen as done by the majority of the population. BUT, when the teasers receive a hand-made gift, it's a whole different story!
Just this past year I started on a crusade to make afgans for my whole family. I'm winding down on that now, but so far I've produced four full sized afgans, two baby blankets, two hooded baby wraps and am finishing the fifth afgan now. If nobody gets pregnant I'm off afgan/blanket duty for awhile.
So despite the teasing, those gifts are treasured. When I gave the first afgan to my youngest stepson, his wife scooped it up, put it around her shoulders and wore it the rest of the evening. Oops! Guess I'll have to make my three daughter's-in-law afgans of their own (someday!) Meanwhile, there is great appreciation for the items.
And take heart - the wonderful and wide selection of yarns available to needleworkers is a good indicator that knitting and crocheting aren't "dying out" but alive and well in the hearts and hands of a very talented, artistic minority - US! Keep knitting and don't forget to gloat a little at what you're accomplishing - you've earned it!