Why I joined Men Who Knit Almost 3 Years ago!

My name is Andres , I usually go by Andy or Crafty Andy. You would be surprised if I told you that I am very shy, yet my desire et interest to meet people and learn about other cultures brought me out of my hometown to this City by the Bay in the search of Freedom and Equality, mind you I was not uncomfortable where I was, but I knew I could be more at ease here by the bay. In my 20 something years of living in San Francisco I learned to love who I AM and to be comfortable no matter where I live or go.

I will tell you that in my search for socializing with other people, mainly men, it was nice to know that there was a place of meeting other men who knit even if it was in cyberspace. Women who knit are easy to find, just go to the local yarn store. It is nice to revive old traditions of gathering in a circle and share stories and do something creative together, something not aggressive and positive and not competitive. When I compete I compete with myself, even though we can be competitive at times, it is nice to hang out and just enjoy each other's company, getting to know the person. Here I found MEN WHO KNIT and Women who support them, without judgements about who we are, what we do for a living, wether we are young, old, tall, short, skinny, not so skinny, and so on and so on.

So I found myself lucky to find such a great place of Men Who Knit and to consider myself lucky to be here, we have laughed, we have cried, we have gotten angry and the we have made up. We are here together toward a common purpose, to promote Knitting Among Men and those who Identify with us, in a Positive, Non-Competitve, Non-Aggressive Way. Thanks for being part of our community all of you and Darrel for having the vision and foresight. The Fellowsihp of the Golden Needles is here! Thanks for stopping by!


RCC's picture


Thanks for putting into words what many, if not most, of us feel about this site. And....such an eloquent writing on the advent of over 2000 registered users!

Knit on............

Stan Stansbury's picture

Amen. Brilliantly put.

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TrondE's picture

Hi Andres
Thank you very much for sharing your story.
All the best from TrondE

Pinecone's picture

Well said, Andy. I'm glad you shared this and agree with your observations. What a sense of welcome, acceptance and belonging I get from being a member of this wonderful group of knitting men and women. It is a gift. All the best, John

Kilted Knitter's picture


Thanks for everything you said in your post. I have often felt the same way and I am glad that someone finally was able to put how I have felt about my knitting and this site into words. Thank you again!!
P.S. I miss the bay area, haven't been there in years!
Barry-the Kilted Kniter