Esquire Magazine - Men Should Knit

From Esquire; Nov2005, Vol. 144 Issue 5, p74.


"AS A FARMER, I know my masculinity is measured by how straight my fences run and how thick the calluses on my hands are. I have a wife, three children, and several hundred sheep…and I'm a closet knitter. Or I was until security detained me at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport because of the knitting needles buried in my bag. ("Do you knit, sir?" asked a man in a gray suit.) When I finally boarded another flight, tense and annoyed, I took my knitting out in public for the first time.

A man who knits is viewed askance, as if his masculinity is questionable for owning a pair of giant needles and a ball of yarn. But consider the history: For centuries, spinning, knitting, and weaving were the only means of turning raw wool into a product crucial for winter survival. Medieval knitting guilds adhered to a men-only policy. American colonists wore hand-knit clothes, a snub to King George III. Allied POWs learned to unravel their Red Cross sweaters and reknit them into socks with pieces of barbed wire as a defense against frostbite.

And consider the compensations: For every man who has sneered, a woman has sidled up to ask what I'm making and touched the fabric as it fell from my needles. Like building a table or restoring a car, the result of my efforts is a tangible product, one that keeps my family warm.

Do I knit? You bet your ass. Which is exactly what Ill say the next time I'm detained at the airport."

By Charles Capaldi


kiwiknitter's picture

Bloody brilliant! This is a fantastic story; thanks for sharing it. I was moved by its sincerity and candor - it actually made me feel good!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Asbjörn's picture

This story actually made me feel good too, especially since I was reading the archives and found that article against men knitting written by that vile harpy Debbie Schlussel.


MasonM's picture

LOL 'vile harpy' is far too kind for that twit.


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MasonM's picture

Excellent article. Thanks for sharing it.


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PeterMark's picture

What a great find! I still like Mason M.'s story about "anger management therapy." I especially like the answer to the question, "Does it help?" "Sometimes."


tomanyt's picture

What a great article!!! I too am a closet knitter. Maybe someday I will have to courage to "come out of the closet".

Kilted Knitter's picture

Great Article!!!!!
Its about time we men stood up for our knitting and knitting in public. I am not a closet knitter, I have been seen knitting at the airport and on a plane. I have even taken my knitting camping. That is why I like knitting so much, it relaxes me and is a very portable craft. And like the article said, men have been knitting and spinning for centuries.
Barry...The Kilted Knitter