check out this neat site I've just come across:
For a long time now, (as I may have mentioned before) female artists have raised the level of long time "women's" crafts, to the higher status of art. Also, much contemporary art participates in activism. This exciting site suggests the combination of the three in Craftivism!
She wrote her masters thesis on the role of knitting in today's culture, what caused it's ebb and flow. Neat-o!