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Old 03-21-2012, 05:20 AM   #1
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Age old knitting myth
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!"

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...
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:41 AM   #2
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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."
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:38 AM   #3
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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?
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:00 AM   #4
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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/sh...d.php?t=108155, who is a young knitter as well!

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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.
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Old 03-21-2012, 02:05 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:38 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by KnittingElf View Post
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!"

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...
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Old 04-26-2012, 01:13 PM   #8
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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!
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)
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:15 AM   #9
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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....
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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!
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