View Full Version : Stereotypes re: knitting

12-09-2005, 09:29 AM
Last night, I was cruising around here, added my bit about a cap that I'd made, when my DH came and started looking over my shoulder. "What are you doing?" I explained that this was where I could chat with all my knitting buddies. He said, "so, you're hanging out with an older crowd now?" And he was not really kidding. :shock:

I stayed calm and asked him to explain. He said, "aren't most of the women who knit grandmothers and little old ladies?" :thinking: Hm.... NO! At that point, I went over to the "photos of you" page and started showing him all of you. To say that he was stunned is an understatement. He honestly had no idea that so many people my age (knocking on the door to 40) and younger were knitting. He has now threatened to take up knitting himself and start joining you. :fingerwag: I don't think he's being sincere in his desire to express his creative impulses!

So.... here is the theme of this post: do any of you get that? People acting like it is so unusual for someone "your age" to be knitting? For you guys, do people look at you funny when you either KIP or admit to knitting? How did it get this way? When did a "knitter" bring to mind the image of a littlle old lady in a rocking chair with 500 cats scattered around the room and huge balls of yarn slowly being turned into.... doilies?!?!

I hear a lot of "oh, my grandmother used to knit" or "I remember the old lady down the street knitting". But then there are you guys. None of you is the stereotypical "little old lady"! I've seen photos of the grandmothers with the grandkids on this site - you guys rock! 8-) I have a tremendous amount in common with so many people here. I don't think that there is a single person on this site who falls into that image that people seem to have of knitters.

So I guess that's the question floating around in my mind - if my own husband is stuck with this stupid stereotype, what's going on with the rest of the non-knitting world? I know that it doesn't really matter and I'll continue to knit no matter what anyone thinks. It's more of a curiousity thing. And, for the record, my DH is a changed man! I've also shown you guys to my son who no longer calls knitting the "old lady disease". I'm doing my part to educate - kinda like teaching my son to always put the seat down! :thumbsup: My little contribution to the upcoming generation of women!


12-09-2005, 09:52 AM
I think your DH would be surprised that I'm 23 and knit, not only that but I tought my 26 year old DH, my 25 year old best friend, and my 6 and 4 year old sons to knit. I have plans on teaching DD, too, but alas, she is only 9 months old :) So I have to wait.

My dad keeps joking around with me that I should be going out with friends and not doing an old lady thing. but he's just joking. (he's weird) I get some strange looks when I KIP, but after so many years of breastfeeding my kids in public, I'm used to weird looks.

12-09-2005, 09:54 AM
I think that's a pretty typical stereotype, but I do think that's changing (esp. with the Stitch 'n Bitch movement of young, "hip," urban knitters). It seems like I know more and more "young" knitters.

The older women at my church all seem to do crafts (knitting, crochet, sewing, but other things too) and they really love it that I have learned to knit. I think some of them gave up on the younger generations in terms of carrying on handcrafts. So it really pleases them to see younger women getting into it.

I think the idea of knitting being an old lady thing is a stereotype that is on its way out. Because of people like us! :cheering:

12-09-2005, 09:58 AM
I couldn't agree with you more! I knit on my lunch break at work a lot and I don't really get the old lady routine, but my co-workers constantly tease me about making baby booties. (I'm 25 and don't have kids yet.) It is SO annoying. I definitely will start a family one of these days, but it's always the same joke. There always like - what are you making now? More booties? Do you have something to tell us Lisa? :mad:

I think my hubby has learned that knitting has become quite the popular thing these days and knows better than to poke fun. My family on the other hand just thinks it's weird and they don't usually ask me about it. I am hoping to change their perspective once they get their Christmas presents (I just started to learn at the beginning of this year). At least I can use that as a "weed out" to know those who won't appreciate my hard work!

And sometimes I guess if people do label me like an old granny I don't mind so much, because I can do something they can't! ;)

12-09-2005, 10:01 AM
OK ... I could not figure out how to post this Anonymously ... since I am the one who won't say B**L winder and prefers the term wool winder :)
BUT ....

KNIT NAKED.... that will wipe away any stereotype your DH has about grandmas and rocking chairs :)

12-09-2005, 10:02 AM
I couldn't agree with you more! I knit on my lunch break at work a lot and I don't really get the old lady routine, but my co-workers constantly tease me about making baby booties. (I'm 25 and don't have kids yet.) It is SO annoying. I definitely will start a family one of these days, but it's always the same joke. There always like - what are you making now? More booties? Do you have something to tell us Lisa? :mad:

well, at least when you do get pregnant, you know how to tell the people you work with the good news!

12-09-2005, 10:04 AM
I couldn't agree with you more! I knit on my lunch break at work a lot and I don't really get the old lady routine, but my co-workers constantly tease me about making baby booties. (I'm 25 and don't have kids yet.) It is SO annoying. I definitely will start a family one of these days, but it's always the same joke. There always like - what are you making now? More booties? Do you have something to tell us Lisa? :mad:

well, at least when you do get pregnant, you know how to tell the people you work with the good news!

Ha Ha...I wonder if they would even believe me by then! :rofling:

12-09-2005, 10:05 AM
Ha! Knit naked! I love it! :roflhard:

12-09-2005, 10:08 AM
KNIT NAKED.... that will wipe away any stereotype your DH has about grandmas and rocking chairs

:roflhard: :roflhard:

Because of my occupation, no one is surprised I knit. My students think it's normal for a Literature geek like myself to do something else they perceive as geeky: knitting. Too, since they are so young, they think I'm ancient; and since to them, all old people knit, well, then it's perfectly normal that I do. :rofling:

They would be surprised, though, to find young knitters, and in particular young MALE knitters.

They might also be surprised were I to tell them that I knit naked!

12-09-2005, 10:08 AM
The people I work with are all accustomed to seeing me knit at lunch, or bring my knitting to informal meetings and such. Actually, I'm known to bring my knitting with me during fire drills. I still get teased slightly, but it's turning into a "what are you going to knit for me?" thing.

I think the only stereotype that tends to be true about knitters is the tendancy to own cats. But c'mon, knitters and cats both like to play with yarn, so it's a natural relationship.

12-09-2005, 10:14 AM
Too funny. My husband ribs me about the same thing. I think it's like anything else though...there are stereotypes and the stereotypes usually only include 1% of whatever the stereotype is about.

12-09-2005, 10:17 AM
:rollseyes: yeah I get this all the time... I'm 25 but who I hear it from is odd.. I hear it from my dh's coworkers... they think its funny that his wife stays at home with the kids, knits, and doesn't party... thankfully I have a cool hubby who makes them walk a very fine line ... and they don't say much anymore.... My SiL is learning she is 19... I wish I had learned at a younger age and hope my daughter will want too :D

Ellen Edwards
12-09-2005, 10:20 AM
I think that's really funny!! I'm 56, but I started knitting when I was 19, too. I stopped for a few years..I only had 1 book to look at and it as not very advisory!! But I did do some stockings for the kids to hang by the fire. Then I fell in love with counted crosstitch, and it was my passion for 16 years until my eyes and head couldn't take it anymore. So I crocheted, but the items were never as SOFT as knitted things!! Then I heard that knitting was getting popular again, and I confess, til then, I'd sort of put it out of my mind...but I'd NEVER given my needles away! ;)

It was a year or so before the "scarf" trend came out fullblast, that I went and bought some funky eyelash and made a scarf or two. :rollseyes: Now socks are more of a passion than scarves, but I've found that , even though I spend some time frogging, knitting has been the most relaxing of any of the other needlecrafts I've done over the years. :inlove: And just knowing I have "friends "on this forum that literally span the globe is mine-boggling. That we share so many things that don't
have anything to do with age or money, color , sex or creed and are so willing to help one another says so MUCH about knitters!!! Knitters have HEART!! :heart: :heart: :cheering:

12-09-2005, 10:23 AM
Yeah we discussed this a few times here.. it's always a recurring theme, but with different undertones..

As for me doing KIP.. yes I get looks.. and yes I have people looking at me funny.. Heck even the other day I was sitting in my living room and my brother in laws, fiancess' sister came in and started laughing at me.. that didn't help.. I shoul dhave told her to leave.. but that would have been rude..

Anyway.. I learned to knit from my dad (or I guess watching him is what got me wanting to do it) and he was in a biker gang in his youth.. so seeing a older balding plump man, with a long pony tail and love and hate tattooed to his fists.. kinda makes ya wonder.. :) but I have more and more gotten courage to KIP and most of the times it's worked out.. Knitting is starting to turn into the chic thing .. for younger girls.. the younger guys still aren't too into it :) And I think for the most part, from things I've heard if people see a man knitting they assume right off the bat he's gay.. :rollseyes: at least around here.. and that just frosts my cake sometimes..


I'll stop rambling now..

12-09-2005, 10:36 AM
I don't really notice the looks I get when I KIP - I'm concentrating on my knitting! One of my friends ribs me about being "so domestic" though. I guess I deserve it, with hobbies like knitting and baking. :rollseyes: Our teeny little s'n'b group sometimes gets weird looks, but I can't tell whether it's because we're all university students sitting around and knitting or just because we're having a good time. (I've noticed that a lot of people will stare when they see people laughing. It's weird.)
Someday my boyfriend (21) would like me to teach him to knit, and I've just gotten word that my little brother (9) would also like to learn, but he can't order the 'learn to knit' kit from his school book order because the other kids would make fun of him.

12-09-2005, 10:50 AM
I think women of the "older", WWII or Depression generation stayed at home, and HAD to learn to knit and sew and do other handicrafts because they did not live in the disposable society we do today.

Im so glad to see crafts are making a comeback....and I think we are finding the theraputic benefits to what used to be a necessary skill!

I have never received a "negative" comment. Only "I would never have the patience to do that". My DBoss doesnt quite "get it" but he's coming around now that I've given him that pair of flip-top mittens!

12-09-2005, 10:57 AM
I think the true "old lady knitter" is still sitting in her rocking chair, knitting. The one thing she won't do, most likely, is get on the computer and talk about it.

I'd be there's a great wealth of information, experience, and tips out there that we have no access to.

12-09-2005, 11:03 AM
Since knitting is becoming a "hip" thing to do, I've never gotten negative comments from other students. As the college knitting revolution goes, I think it's response to the disposable society of today. For most people my age, the idea of actually making something that you can then wear is quite the novelty.

Though one thing I have noticed about the college aged knitting crowd, at least at my college which I realize may not be representative, is that though they see knitting as something cool, they still reject what they think of as the "traditional" aspects of knitting. A friend of mine who's kind of a hipster outright refuses to follow patterns. She makes things up as she goes along and ends up with strange things like a bag knitting with homespun, regular yarn, and magnetic tape from a cassette.

I haven't had many opportunities to KIP outside of the college bubble, so I don't know what the general public thinks of a 20-year-old knitting socks.

12-09-2005, 11:07 AM
I have never received a "negative" comment. Only "I would never have the patience to do that".

This made me think of the story in Yarn Harlot...have any of you read it? Where she's in the hospital and the woman comments that she'd "never be able to do that" and when SPM looks at her name tag, she sees that she's a brain surgeon? A freaking brain surgeon, saying she just couldn't do it... :roflhard:

12-09-2005, 11:21 AM
I've been an "out knitter" from the beginning. I was knitting when I was 11 and people thought it was so cute that I was knitting. I do remember getting odd looks when I was knitting in my 20's (realize that was 20 years ago LOL!) Now in my 40's people don't take much notice other than the fact that I'm knitting in funky colors with cool fibers or making odd looking things (try knitting a breast in public :roflhard: )

I think that the stereotype is quickly changing thanks to books like "Stitch 'n Bitch" which is geared towards the younger crowd, simply because of its name appeal. And I've also noticed that places like Target have quite a few knitting kits in their craft area now that are marketed towards the teen and twenty-somethings.

Of course if you go to my LYS and see the ladies sitting around there knitting, you would think that old ladies are still the only ones knitting. Oh and we all know that men never knit, right? Or if they do they are all gay. I know more straight men that knit IRL than straight women! :roflhard:

12-09-2005, 11:28 AM
:roflhard: Knit nekkid! :roflhard: THAT's what I'll do and DH will never complain about knitting again - I could spend as much on yarn, needles, books.... whatever!

I didn't realized that this had been often discussed - sorry. :( It just hit me last night and in a very irritating way, I might add. I think my DH was under the impression that I'm one of the minority rather than the majority. He is very proud of everything that I've made and brags about my work. He is also quite protective of the things that I've made for him. I guess he just honestly did not realize that knitting has now crossed the generations!

I think that you guys are right, all of the crafts seem to be making a big comeback. My DBro. does cross-stitch - he's in law-enforcement and has a high stress job. He says it helps him relax and stop thinking. Maybe that's a part of it - we live in this high stress, fast paced world and need our simple escapes. I also think that it may be a yearning for what previous generations had - a connection or whatever?

So... I proudly KIP (but watch for wandering children!) and I give knitted gifts and I love making new friends like everyone here! You guys are seriously a wonderful and interesting group of people. Your stories inspire me and make me laugh. Seeing your work makes me itch to try something new and envious of your fantastic yarn finds. I am so glad to have found this site and the wonderful people.


12-09-2005, 11:42 AM
I didn't realized that this had been often discussed - sorry. :(

No need to worry.. it's something that should be often discussed.. :) How and why are always good things to understand to change what's ahead..

12-09-2005, 01:20 PM
This post reminded me of the other night when I was finishing up an iPod sleeve for a friend. I sat in a chair, grabbed a blanket (a bit chilly in Houston, recently) and started knitting. My bf commented on my knitting with a blanket in my lap and sitting on a chair that kind of rocks back and forth, and how it was stereotypical of an old knitting lady.

I just laughed it off, but I do get a lot of reactions from my friends and family and are surprised that I took it up. I initially took it up about 6 months ago so I could knit scarves and hats for our November trip to Europe.

At first, people thought it was a bit odd for a younger person to take up (I'm 26) but once they saw me knitting and saw the kinds of things that can be made, they really were impressed. My boyfriend got a new iPod a few weeks ago, and I knitted him an iPod sleeve to protect it from scratches. When he visited his friend who also had an iPod, he then requested one.

People end up thinking it's pretty cool after you get them past the "old lady in a rocking chair" stereotype. Suddenly everyone wants something knitted for them.

12-09-2005, 02:13 PM
yup...my sister calls me an old lady.

all the guys at work laugh and ask me how old i am, implying that i am too young to be knitting....like there is an age minimum...65 or older, ONLY!

haha, i am 21

12-09-2005, 02:50 PM
I find that people make fun of it a lot. Until they see what I make. Then they are surprised. "Wow, did you make that"? Um, YEAH. DUH. What do you think I'm doing with these needles anyway!

I started needlecraft as a child. My grandparents (both of them) were needlepointers and had absolutely beautiful pieces around the house. Rugs, with matching chairs. Really elaborate pieces. It inspired me to take up a craft. I learned needlepoint, crochet and then a few years ago, taught myself to knit.

I think what most people do not understand is the EMOTIONAL componenet to knitting. I knit to make things, sure, but I also knit for the stress relief, for the relaxation and for the accomplishment. I think knitting was an old lady thing, because once you start, you want to do it all the time and who can do that unless they are retired? :-)

12-09-2005, 03:00 PM
You know...I just asked my Boyfriend if he thought knitting was an old lady hobby, and he got this goofy grin like he knew he might be in trouble for what he was going to say and then nodded. But, he also knows his sister crochets and all, so I think he's iffy about it. He just doesn't care for it himself.

As for me, I know it's not an old lady hobby, and I could really care less because I like to do it, and I know many people my age that knit, including my best friend who's 20. It's just a good, useful thing to do.

I also don't do it because my grandmother taught me or anything. I've just always been into textiles. I love making clothing and designing outfits and such, so this is just another part of making my own fashion. And it's fun and theraputic. It gives me something to do, which keeps my depression in check, which is the first thing that has done it successfully.

Knitting rocks. :D

12-09-2005, 03:50 PM
I don't KIP, but when people find out I knit, they think it's "cute." :rollseyes: I 'm the youngest at work by a few years (I'm 19), so everything I do is cute!
My friends don't say much about it, since most of them know I learned to knit from my RA last year, who is also not at all old. Besides, my roommate knits and we just tell ourselves that we're just that much cooler than everyone who could possibly make fun of us for it. :D

12-09-2005, 04:09 PM
Is knitting not a big thing on your campus, Cate? It's pretty popular here.

12-09-2005, 04:11 PM
Girls are not a big thing on my campus...Neither is showering, leaving your computer, sports, or..well, anything that's big on other campuses. :rollseyes: I go to a very "geeky" school.

12-09-2005, 04:21 PM
I KIP all the time, and I'm so entrenched in what I'm doing, I don't even notice if anyone's lookin' at me funny.


DH is used to my crafting, and he knows the people I craft with are all 'around' my age mostly.

I do lots of 'nanna' crafts, including knitting, crochet and shuttle lace. All are nice and portable for busses etc.

12-09-2005, 05:57 PM
I learned to knit whenI was in the sixth grade from my mom. I was comfortable enough to KIP at my high school and would sometimes hear about it from fellow students. But now I knit at work duriing my lunch all the time and no one seems to think it is strange that a 23 year old knits. Actually, one of the guys I work with mentioned how since I transfered and started knitting in the breakroom how many more of the women there have started to bring their knitting and crocheting. :lol:

12-09-2005, 06:02 PM
Ohhh how people tell me that I am too young to knit. If you think about it... people back in the 1800's had to knit garments and spin there own yarn. I mean... I never got a negative comment about my work, but I did get the occasional *Arn't you a little young to be doing that?* :rollseyes:

Oh well. I my as well be 13 going on 80 :roflhard:

12-09-2005, 06:47 PM
Oddly enough, I've only gotten the comment a few times. Other times it's people older than me - IE, like 35 who say they used to knit and loved it, and that their mother or grandmother taught them when they were younger.

In my home ec class, I was ahead of everyone, because I already knew how to knit and crochet and in class everywhere in highschool I used to knit. In home ec one guy said his grandma knitted, so he called me "Grandma". Most everyone else just stared in awe as I made yarn "magically" transform into an object. Really, it was quite cool and quite strange to have all these eyes on me. Almost everyone of them wanted me to show them how. And I did, but I doubt they really got it because they didnt have needles or yarn.

but now, it's usually just people who used to do it and kinda miss it and they say its cool that I do. And then I got the people who want me to make something for someone or themselves...ugh.

Jan in CA
12-09-2005, 07:10 PM
Very interesting thread! I'm 53 so it may not be a thing that will happen to me much and I haven't KIP yet to find out. My daughters who are 26-34 laugh a little and one of them asked if I needed a rocking chair for Christmas. :rollseyes: She was kidding though and I told her there are lots of young people here in the forum. She tells me she's not patient enough to knit, but one of my other daughters does and likes it. It's funny, but when I crocheted I never got that reaction. Seems to be more a knitting thing? I don't know.

I wish I had started when I was younger. My niece who is 10 asked me last weekend to teach her to knit so I pulled out my size 10.5 bamboo needles and grabbed some yarn. I CO for her and then did a few rows. She picked it up pretty quickly! I got her a Knifty Knitter for Christmas, but I think I'll get her some needles of her own, too. ;)

12-09-2005, 07:26 PM
Heheh :) My sister freaked out when she saw me attempting to imitate the videos to learn how to do loop stitch. She felt it was an affront to tradition that knitting could be learnt over the internet :lol: She said that this is the kind of thing that is supposed to be passed down from mother to daughter :) She also says it's an old lady thing and wouldn't be caught dead with knitting needles or with anything handknit... after all, synthetics are like...waaaay cooler!

My best friend is just as bad, she saw me knitting and started imitating a little old lady (which she does unbelievable well). :doh: I haven't KIP yet although I really want to do it, if only to see people's reaction ;) I'm also teaching my youngest sister to knit and she seems to really love it :D

12-09-2005, 07:42 PM
I knitted at alot of peoples houses(basically my moms friends) and they all look at me and say, "I'd just love to know how to do that... but I'd just get to impatient and I'd mess it all up."

Sometimes you have to be patient with prodjects. Some people can't get that way :rollseyes:

The thing with me is... I can never finish a project. I'll be working on one.. and then the next thing I know I'm working on a different one! Ohhh how I am soo oddd.....

Patience is something that you need in knitting... Knitting isn't something that you 'need' to rush on. I find it relaxing to do.

12-09-2005, 08:33 PM
Jenelle, that's a pretty common knitting problem. I find it usually happens after a visit to the LYS. A lot of my new yarn seems to just hop right onto my needles as soon as it gets home! And then one morning I wake up to discover that I'm working on five different things at once, none of which are even close to complete. And then I feel bad about not having the initiative to finish anything... but another trip to the LYS usually makes me feel better. :D

12-09-2005, 08:51 PM
See when I go to my LYS there is all these younger, hipster gals knitting away and I'm thinking knitting has gotten younger. I've also read about it int he papers and magazines (i mean is your hubby living under a rock or what) and even on one of them thar inflight magazines on an areoplane :shock: SO yeah, he's outta touch. but i'm sure he's still a nice guy :lol:

12-09-2005, 10:25 PM
Just wondering, what does DH stand for? Dumb Husband???

12-09-2005, 10:30 PM
Just wondering, what does DH stand for? Dumb Husband???

Supposedly it's 'dear husband', but you can substitute any D word, depending on your mood and his behavior! ;)

12-10-2005, 12:43 PM
I get a little teasing from from DH, but I think he's so used to my geeky/obssessive behaviors (ie I've seen every program ever made on Stonehenge) nothing I do surprises him anymore! I do think he was impressed though when I produced my first sweater ("wow, that looks like a REAL sweater!" like he thought it would have extra arms or something :shock: )
I've taken my knitting in to work to show my students (I'm an elementary school teacher) and the kids think it is the coolest thing they've ever seen!

12-10-2005, 12:48 PM
I am SO glad you posted this! I have not read all the replies yet but, believe me, I plan to go back and read each and every one of them and show them ALL to my husband.

I just started knitting over the summer and ever since then my husband has made several comments that I'm "officially old" now. (I'm 39.) Of course, when I become offended, he laughs and tells me he is only joking. Problem is he has made several comments like this. Despite the fact that I think he's rude, it has not stopped me from knitting! In fact, every time my son sees me sitting on the couch knitting, he says, "Mom's doing another knit-a-thon!"

12-10-2005, 02:48 PM
This is a fantastic post, I'm loving everyone's responses - mirroring my own feelings and am fascinated by how many different things drew people into the craft. I started knitting (again) about a year ago when I saw some 99 cent bamboo needles in a Japanese outlet store. I bought a bunch of them and some cheap yarn to go with it and started that evening (thanks to Amy's videos).

I KIP when I have a lot of travel in a day and am aware of people staring, I don't think that it's mean, they are just fascinated. I am usually listening to music on my ipod so I'm often immune to comments. Sometimes the ipod is not a deterrent to the determined person, who just has to say something about how lovely my current project is, it's nice, but I don't like being interrupted when knitting! ;)

12-10-2005, 03:18 PM
Knitting makes me happy. (despite all the cursing! :lol: ) I don't care what anybody thinks. I think a good comeback for the granny comment is

"I thought only old people were narrow minded!"

12-10-2005, 03:21 PM
:roflhard: Good one, Sara! Or maybe, "at least old people have manners!"

12-10-2005, 03:31 PM
I asked my husband last night if he thought knitting was an "old lady" thing and he said yes. I was a bit suprised I just guessed he thought it was one of Robin's hobbies like playing on POGO, or cross stitching. I really wasn't too offended but I know that he is impressed with my knitting skills so I guess I will keep him.


12-10-2005, 03:32 PM
:roflhard: Good one, Sara! Or maybe, "at least old people have manners!"

Yours is even better than mine, Cate!

:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

Are you feeling better?

Jan in CA
12-10-2005, 03:33 PM
I asked my husband and he said no. I don't know if he was being "smart" to answer that way or what. LOL :roflhard:

12-10-2005, 04:30 PM
Are you feeling better?

Indeedy. Thanks. :D

12-10-2005, 04:50 PM
I have another theory that might explain the "little old lady" stereotype. We all have heard of the health benefits of knitting, both physical (e.g. lower blood pressure) and mental. So since we're less likely to drop dead of a heart attack or commit road rage or murder someone means we have a better chance of reaching a happy old age. :roflhard: So you think that's a viable theory???


12-10-2005, 04:51 PM
Knit for longevity!!!

12-10-2005, 05:18 PM
Oh geeze.... I'm 13... Will that mean I'll live forever if I knit alot? :shock:

12-10-2005, 05:38 PM
Oh geeze.... I'm 13... Will that mean I'll live forever if I knit alot? :shock:

:shock: I think it might! And you'll be smarter too I bet... ;)

*starts knitting with her sights on immortality*

12-11-2005, 04:45 AM
I do get some odd reactions when people learn that I knit. My secretary thought I was pulling her leg one day when a pattern arrived by mail and I told her that it was for me. However, I'm kind of past worrying about what people are going to think about me. I was a nurse for nine years when it was not all that common a profession. (Patients used to ask me how I became a male nurse, like there was some special nursing school just for men). I am an orthodox Jew and am probably the only male in my town, besides the Rabbi to wear a yarmulke on a regular basis. My experience tells me that if you're comfortable in your own skin, most people will come to accept you the way you are.

12-11-2005, 08:05 AM
i have a favorite story regarding this very thing. i started a new job working nights, and i told my boss i was going to have to fudge my schedule on thursdays for my knitting group. and she's like, with who, you're grandma? and i was like, NO! it's people my age and a bit older, but none of them are grandma age! you should learn knit, it's great! she's like, listen, i'm almost 30 and i'm not about to do something that makes me LOOK it. i'm like, HEY, i'm not even 30 yet! it's not like that anymore! knitters come in all ages (and sexes) and it's not just about scarves and sweaters! we have so much fun! she replied (my favorite part) fun, huh? you should come over my place tomorrow, we're having a wild party sewing buttons on pants. :roflhard:

I do KIP as often as possible, and often get strange looks, but more frequently, it's "How neat to see a guy knitting!" or "who taught you? so cool! teach me!" Friends my age, especially the crafty ones, love that I knit and thoroughly enjoy playing with my yarn and helping me pick colors. It's a good thing. ;)

12-11-2005, 12:06 PM
My experience tells me that if you're comfortable in your own skin, most people will come to accept you the way you are.
I dont think Ive ever heard it put in better words, Jeremy. :thumbsup:

And, Pele....is your boss ALWAYS such a snot?? :rollseyes: Im glad YOu were laughing. It takes quite a bit to REALLY annoy me and THAT would have done it! :rollseyes:

12-11-2005, 12:48 PM
only funny in retrospect! i was pretty perturbed when it happened.

12-11-2005, 12:51 PM

she wasn't ALWAYS a snot, but most of the time. thankfully, she is my boss no longer. that was my first real conversation with her and i hated her instantly, but the first time i shared the story with someone else, i found the humor in it. actually pretty witty, but way snotty coming from practically a stranger.

12-11-2005, 02:51 PM
Yes....it would have been HILLARIOUS coming from a good friend. But a stranger? I would have been, like, "DONT JUDGE ME, WOMAN!!" :mad:

(Yeah, right...I would have given a fake laugh and then avoided her like the plague forever....Im not very good at confrontation. :oops: )

12-11-2005, 08:54 PM
Thanks Kelly, that means alot. :D

12-11-2005, 09:22 PM

12-11-2005, 09:41 PM
Oh I get it too!

My friends give me a hard time... telling me I have turned into my G-ma.

I went to take my daughter and her friend ice skating last week. I was telling my friend where I was going and she asked if I was skating, I told her no I was just going to watch and do some knitting. SHe laughed and said "Don't forget your specktackles and your cane grandma" I laughed too but it really is a stigma that only "old" women knit.

12-11-2005, 11:08 PM
I get more from my co-workers. B/c one night I had brought my Stich N Bitch book to work. Ever since they rag on me.

I'm cool with it. I can say BITCH more now at work. :rofling:

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