Maybe it's me...

...but every time I hear or read of knitting being classed as a "hobby" it strikes a nerve harder than Sr. Mary Fasulo in the fourth grade with the narrow edge of a yardstick.

Maybe it's because knitting is so engrained and is such a part of my life that...well, even growing up, it was so much a part of me that a "hobby" was my stamp collection or something.

I don't just irks me...



purlyman's picture

When it comes to the IRS, it's either a hobby or a small business... ;-)

I know what you mean though...


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Hobby!?!? Obsession, maybe. But never a hobby. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

PaulJMC's picture

More like an addiction - and that is coming from a beginner ;)

In cielo non c'e vino...beviamolo sulla terra!

scottly's picture

The word hobby just has a frivolous conotation - like you're not serious about it. Anyone need look at my stash and they will know in no uncertain terms that I'm serious about knitting. If I could actually make a living at it - that's exactly what I'd do.

purlyman's picture

... and you've have a "small business" as opposed to a "hobby". :-)


New York Built's picture

Many artists have needed to defend their claim that what they did, no matter how difficult to explain, was ART...accident awards, insurance coverage, identity and intellectual property issues. Even the IRS has bowed to performance art, juggling, water and environmental pieces, body adornment and other creative endeavors. It is what we call it, what it is known by, what it's name is, what it calls itself, how others describe it and what it, tell the story.

The word hobby is a legal definition for courts...and judges, lawyers and artists stretch that definition almost daily.

Take heart. Our community creates a new tradition every day. And once, horse troughs were essential to the planning and survival of every great American city.

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Justice Seeker's picture

Robert, I agree wholeheartedly. And the Sr. Mary bit is great!