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KnittingElf
03-21-2012, 05:20 AM
I fell in love with knitting late last year, but due to school I haven't really been able to knit much. I have some time now, though, and just started my first afghan :) I was at lunch with my family the other day, and I was trying to hurry my family along because the knitting store closed at four. My brother looked at me like I was crazy and said, "Knitting is for OLD people!" :tap:

I actually have met many younger knitters since starting. Besides him acting like being older was a "bad" thing, he acted like I was some weird cat lady for wanting to knit. Well ha! I'm actually a dog lady so there ;)

Honestly, though. Does this myth still exist widely? Ever have someone act like you're weird for knitting? He's lucky I didn't have my knitting needles with me is all I'm saying...

suzeeq
03-21-2012, 08:41 AM
I think it's more that some people believe it, but isn't that universal any more. Your brother's probably just young and hasn't had a lot of experience out in the world yet. Next time he makes a comment, come back with "I have pointy sticks and know how to use them."

fatoldladyinpjs
03-21-2012, 09:38 AM
My son's girlfriend is around 20. I was thrilled to see her happily knitting away on a scarf. My son said he felt like he was sitting with old ladies, the two of us talking about knitting. I was delighted. I had a bunch of old knitting needles I had meant to give away to a thrift store. She got a big score. If my son doesn't like it, tough. Deal with it. He was happy to get the convertible mittens I made for him last winter. Yah, see. How do you think you got those mittens you love?

Antares
03-21-2012, 10:00 AM
If you really want to surprise your brother, tell him that knitting was an all male activity once upon a time.

Then, yeah, remind him that you have two weapons always at hand, so perhaps he should be nicer to you!

Oh, and you could show him the Super Mario Bros blanket created by Lawlren: http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=108155, who is a young knitter as well!

Jan in CA
03-21-2012, 11:40 AM
There will always be some people who think that. I'm 59 and my brother that I hadn't seen for awhile laughed when I told him I knit. :lol:

ZoseyPosey
03-21-2012, 02:05 PM
I've gotten a divided reaction about knitting. My close friends have the "Oh, that's awesome! Can you knit me a [insert pattern here]?" reaction and then there is still the people that equate it with an "old person" activity. One friend actually felt a little sad for me and vowed to get me out of the house more to "rescue" me.

I don't talk to that person much anymore. :roflhard:

KnittingElf
03-21-2012, 05:57 PM
Antares, I remember reading that in a knitting book my mom got me! I'll have to mention that to him next time I see him.

What gets me about the assumption is that it doesn't even make sense. You don't get to a certain age and automatically become a great knitter, lol. Obviously older people who are fabulous knitters most likely didn't just "start" knitting.

I have two friends who crochet quite a bit. They even crocheted their prom dresses, which is the most awesome thing I've ever seen. I'll have to show him my knitting needles and maybe he'll show more respect :teehee:

GrumpyGramma
03-21-2012, 09:16 PM
I'll have to show him my knitting needles and maybe he'll show more respect

You could tell him when he grows up you'll teach him to knit? :rofl:
Crocheted prom dresses? Wow! sure beats duck tape.

Ageist/sexist/whatever assumptions really really really bug me.

fatoldladyinpjs
03-21-2012, 11:28 PM
The last time my son pulled the Knitting is for old people routine, I had some knitting needles in my hand. I jokingly held the tips up in the air menacingly and said, Come here, honey. I've got something for you. Sit on it. He shut up.

HandyFamily
03-22-2012, 04:38 AM
I fell in love with knitting late last year, but due to school I haven't really been able to knit much. I have some time now, though, and just started my first afghan :) I was at lunch with my family the other day, and I was trying to hurry my family along because the knitting store closed at four. My brother looked at me like I was crazy and said, "Knitting is for OLD people!" :tap:

I actually have met many younger knitters since starting. Besides him acting like being older was a "bad" thing, he acted like I was some weird cat lady for wanting to knit. Well ha! I'm actually a dog lady so there ;)

Honestly, though. Does this myth still exist widely? Ever have someone act like you're weird for knitting? He's lucky I didn't have my knitting needles with me is all I'm saying...

Come now. You won't let a brother tease you, will you? Brothers are supposed to try that - for any pretext they could find, that is what they are for (in childhood, at least). But you are supposed to smile at it, not let it get through you...

keepyourfork
03-22-2012, 04:21 PM
I think the Granny from Warner Bros. (the lady who owned Tweety) went a long way towards making people think knitting is for old people.

GrumpyGramma
03-24-2012, 12:45 AM
I just met my new neighbor. She's probably not older than 25. She must be OK, she wants help improving her crochet and maybe learn to knit! She has a plarn rug she works on sometimes, she said. I think I won't tell her knitting (and crocheting) are for old people. :p

Lighting57
03-24-2012, 08:40 AM
I think the Granny from Warner Bros. (the lady who owned Tweety) went a long way towards making people think knitting is for old people.


That same image came to my mind too.

Remember as we grew into our teens and early 20's a lot of us though that our parents were stupid? The next time you hear the comment " knitting is for old people", make the statement, "That goes to prove that the older people aren't as dumb as we grew up believing." Something on that line.

Strooper1
04-01-2012, 10:37 PM
I'm a 25 year old guy. I recently fell in love with knitting. I think younger people are creating personalized and old school clothing again. I started knitting because I wanted a beanie in a certain color lol! I was shocked to find it was addictive and relaxing!

suzeeq
04-01-2012, 10:57 PM
Hey, welcome to the subgroup of male knitters here! We have about 5 or 6 who post here regularly and I think there's a few more lurking in the corners.

Strooper1
04-01-2012, 11:39 PM
Thanks Suzeeq! I'm glad to know I'm not the only guy on the threads! As for the age old knitting myth, it IS annoying. My sister is starting to call me by my Grandmothers name... But shes already making knitting requests! lol I guess I should learn how to properly read a pattern fast...

GrumpyGramma
04-02-2012, 03:09 AM
I'm a 25 year old guy. I recently fell in love with knitting. I think younger people are creating personalized and old school clothing again. I started knitting because I wanted a beanie in a certain color lol! I was shocked to find it was addictive and relaxing!

Hi and welcome to KH! I think it's so cool when guys aren't embarrassed to knit, crochet, sew, etc., etc. I hope you enjoy playing with strings and sticks as much as I do.

Do you have a beanie pattern? What color? Ravelry.com has more patterns than I could count and you just might find one there. You'll find lots of help here too.

Antares
04-02-2012, 10:00 AM
I think all this taunting from siblings is because they are jealous--and secretly amazed!

I imagine the first time your sibling is complimented for an object you've knit them, the taunting and teasing just might fade away to nary a peep!

Welcome to KH, Strooper1. :waving:

KnittingElf
04-02-2012, 03:39 PM
Strooper, I likewise think it's awesome that you knit! As was said earlier, knitting used to be an all male practice at one point anyway.

I think you guys are right about the taunting from siblings. They are just jealous. In fact, my older sister has already found five (FIVE!) scarf patterns on ravelry for me to knit her, lol. She wants me to teach her and my niece this Summer. So now he'll be outnumbered! :knitting: :knitting: :knitting:

Antares
04-02-2012, 07:09 PM
Yes, out number him! That's the way to do it. Then show him some cool knitted hat or something and tell him if he's nice, you might make him one! Wait! Am I inciting jealousy? Oh, yes I am!!

Really, though, it's great that you have other relatives who want to learn knitting, too. There can't be enough knitters in the world--ever!

justplaincharlotte
04-02-2012, 07:32 PM
Honestly, though. Does this myth still exist widely? Ever have someone act like you're weird for knitting? He's lucky I didn't have my knitting needles with me is all I'm saying...


Yes, and yes. But I'm proud of my eccentricities, and grateful that I'm in fine company with this knitting eccentricity of mine. At least we're old enough to know better... :rofl:

sweetpea63
04-06-2012, 08:55 AM
:roflhard: :roflhard: I fell in love with knitting late last year, but due to school I haven't really been able to knit much. I have some time now, though, and just started my first afghan :) I was at lunch with my family the other day, and I was trying to hurry my family along because the knitting store closed at four. My brother looked at me like I was crazy and said, "Knitting is for OLD people!" :tap:

I actually have met many younger knitters since starting. Besides him acting like being older was a "bad" thing, he acted like I was some weird cat lady for wanting to knit. Well ha! I'm actually a dog lady so there ;)

Honestly, though. Does this myth still exist widely? Ever have someone act like you're weird for knitting? He's lucky I didn't have my knitting needles with me is all I'm saying...

That's funny! I started knitting & crocheting young also and I got the same reaction from some people. What's crazy is I found myself doing the same thing only it was with guys. I have ran across several men that knit & crochet. So the stereotype that knitting is for old people or just women for that matter is soooo wrong. A lot of people pick this craft just as a hobby, therapeutic reasons or just to create projects. I learned how to crochet when I was 9 yrs. old. My first crochet hook was a pencil with a knotch in it and a strand of yarn. Then I started learning to knit. My brother would make fun of me too. Good luck with your projects and enjoy. :thumbsup:

sweetpea63
04-06-2012, 09:09 AM
I just met my new neighbor. She's probably not older than 25. She must be OK, she wants help improving her crochet and maybe learn to knit! She has a plarn rug she works on sometimes, she said. I think I won't tell her knitting (and crocheting) are for old people. :p

I have been knitting and crocheting since I was a young girl. I just recently learned what "plarn" was. I was impressed at the fact that someone actually came up with a way to use plastic bags to crochet with. I save those bags and have a ton of them, can't seem to throw them away. I use them for several things around the house, just never thought that I would ever think of using them to crochet with. Great idea! :thumbsup:

sweetpea63
04-06-2012, 09:17 AM
Antares, I remember reading that in a knitting book my mom got me! I'll have to mention that to him next time I see him.

What gets me about the assumption is that it doesn't even make sense. You don't get to a certain age and automatically become a great knitter, lol. Obviously older people who are fabulous knitters most likely didn't just "start" knitting.

I have two friends who crochet quite a bit. They even crocheted their prom dresses, which is the most awesome thing I've ever seen. I'll have to show him my knitting needles and maybe he'll show more respect :teehee:

Absolutely! i started crocheting at a young age and now am pretty good at it. Once people see the end result of what I am doing they are impressed. But like you said, I didn't just start doing it, it has taken years of practice to achieve what I do today. I would absolutely love to see a picture of the prom dresses that someone crocheted, that sounds awesome.

sweetpea63
04-06-2012, 09:23 AM
I'm a 25 year old guy. I recently fell in love with knitting. I think younger people are creating personalized and old school clothing again. I started knitting because I wanted a beanie in a certain color lol! I was shocked to find it was addictive and relaxing!

That's awesome! Yeah, I have met a few guys that started crocheting hats. Being a crocheted (mainly) I notice things like that. Hats are a big thing now and a lot of people are making their own. It's personalized and they have the satisfaction of saying they made it themselves, it's cheaper than buying them as well. Good luck and keep up the good work!

nonny2t
04-26-2012, 01:13 PM
I imagine there are still people who see grandma in the rocking chair with a ball of yarn, knitting needles and a cat in her lap, but I have been astounded at the number of young people who love to knit. I am thrilled they have taken up this hobby.
Now, I AM an old lady and I knit, though I actually learned when I was 13 and in 4H, so I guess I am the stigma, but never a word comes from my kids or grandkids about me being an old lady knitter. They like getting the goodies I make for them too much! :roflhard:
On another note, we used to have a great big beautiful Grand Marquis. Our dd told us when we bought it she knew we were old now because we had a big a** car and a little dog (we have a yorkie) :rofl: :rofl:

insanenewknitter
04-27-2012, 11:15 AM
Wow, brothers can be pretty annoying sometimes. My twin brother actually thinks knitting is cool. I think he thinks that being able to create something is neat. His friends also think it's cool, they actually wanted to follow the progress of my baby cardigan (which I posted in the Watcha Knittin section). Crazy, 16, and 17 year old guys actually not making fun of me. Maybe there is hope for them....
:)

Woodi
05-01-2012, 09:49 AM
I am enjoying reading this post!

Stephanie Pearl McPhee (YarnHarlot) talks about this in her books (I have three of 'em, and planning to buy all her books). She's very funny, a natural comic, and talks about knitting a lot, esp about this very topic.

She's coming to my LYS this summer and I signed up for a one-day with her, knitting with silk cocoons (Not the class I would have liked, but it was the only spot left on her 3-day course). Yikes, and I went as soon as I saw the advert. Her classes fill up fast!

Jan in CA
05-03-2012, 04:16 PM
Oh I would love to go to a class or talk with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee! She is hilarious and I love her books. My favorite is probably Knitting Rules because her patterns are clever and fun, too.