D.I.-Why?: Emily Matchar on the Allure of the “New Domesticity”ï¿¾ | The Hairpin – Interesting. We were talking about this at lunch today. I was sitting at a table with ten other women in I.T., and we realised that several of us were knitters and others were bakers. My standard explanation is that being a knowledge worker means I build things that you can’t touch, so making things is a tactile hobby that appeals to me. But I can see where the author’s theory of “New Domesticity” could also play a part in its overall trendiness.