Happy New Year !

Better late then never!

I was just musing that for people who think "only women knit" or "men don't knit" (there are subtle diffeenrces in the two statements) should watch the postings on MWK for a while...

What a wide spectrum we have here of people - ages, occupations, lifestyles; experience knitting. We seem to have everyone from teens starting to knit to those with decades of experience and every combination between.

We have suddessfullly, commerically published designers, and those too chicken to submit patterns but with strong followings of their self published designs.

We have machine and loom knitters, knitters of sweaters, shawls, afghans, rugs, mittens, gloves, and all sorts of items.

And what I think many people would consider a surprising number of guys who knit in public.

Take that, those who say men don't knit! Men do knit! And huzzah to those women who support the men knitting!


AKQGuy's picture

Here Here!

But we need more public knitters. I'm tired of the stares, sneers, and sometimes stupid questions.

Have a great new year Mario


Tom Hart's picture

Extremely well said! Thanks, Bro.

smalltownknitguy's picture

I applaud your statement and yes we do need more public male knitters. I have just over the past year lost my fear of the stares and sneers (and I live in the south) and take my knitting everywhere I go!

This woman is very happy to support men who knit, because, even after decades of knitting, men who knit have taught me so much. Thank you.

As I said to Alla in response to her question about knitting in public, most comments I have received have been quite favorable. Having been a teacher, I'm not sure what a stupid question is--most merit a response. Likely, behind the stupid comment or question is a prejudice or an ignorance that deserves a kind and knowing answer. Whether spinning, crocheting, knitting, embroidering, etc. in public, we educate, and we pave the way toward greater acceptance of men involved with fiberworks. If anybody has been hostile in their demeanor toward me, I've never noticed; but if they can't accept my passion, it's their problem. Knitting is public is not immoral, amoral, or illegal; it's a judicious use of time. So, come on, public, talk to me. With our knitting in public and being seen at fiberfests and other gatherings of fiber-passionate folk, we empower others to bring their projects out into the open, too.

bkeith's picture

Not a stupid question, but a funny question I got twice in a row recently. I was at my doctor's office, working on a pair of socks (2 at once on 2 circular needles). Two different people said to me, "I know that's not knitting -- what do you call it?" (once in the waiting room, once in the lab).

One was perplexed at the "extra" needles I had hanging behind the work. The other had never seen anyone knitting Continental-style, and couldn't figure out why I was holding the yarn so oddly. ;)

Here here, MMario!

As an added bonus on the knitting in public thing, I've discovered that whether you're gay or straight, you could do far worse in trying to meet someone than by taking your knitting out of the house. Makes me wish I had learned to knit in my single days. But then it's also good for the occasional ego boost.

My gosh, it's been too long since I've checked out this site, much less posted anything. I need to get back here more often.

Kerry's picture

Happy New Year MMario and all MWK.

ronhuber's picture

And may 2011 be one of the best ever for you.