Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-21-2012, 05:20 AM   #1
KnittingElf
Casting On
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 20
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
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...
KnittingElf is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 03-21-2012, 08:41 AM   #2
suzeeq
Knit On!
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Montana
Posts: 27,765
Thanks: 160
Thanked 6,451 Times in 6,035 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to suzeeq
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."
__________________
sue- knitting heretic

suzeeq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2012, 09:38 AM   #3
fatoldladyinpjs
Working the Gusset
 
fatoldladyinpjs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Wisconsin near Green Bay
Posts: 1,564
Thanks: 157
Thanked 525 Times in 423 Posts
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?
fatoldladyinpjs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2012, 10:00 AM   #4
Antares
Working the Gusset
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 1,884
Thanks: 236
Thanked 676 Times in 632 Posts
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!

Last edited by Antares : 03-21-2012 at 10:49 AM.
Antares is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Antares For This Useful Post:
TEMA (03-24-2012)
Old 03-21-2012, 11:40 AM   #5
Jan in CA
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Jan in CA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Southern CA
Posts: 37,348
Thanks: 1,683
Thanked 8,806 Times in 7,165 Posts
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.
__________________
Jan

When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it.

NEW! KH knitting video archive
~HOW TO POST A PHOTO~

Jan in CA is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2012, 02:05 PM   #6
ZoseyPosey
Ribbing the Cuff
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 35
Thanks: 8
Thanked 10 Times in 8 Posts
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.
ZoseyPosey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2012, 05:57 PM   #7
KnittingElf
Casting On
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 20
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
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
KnittingElf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2012, 09:16 PM   #8
GrumpyGramma
2nd Sock, I Rock
 
GrumpyGramma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 8,322
Thanks: 2,088
Thanked 3,262 Times in 2,754 Posts
Quote:
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?
Crocheted prom dresses? Wow! sure beats duck tape.

Ageist/sexist/whatever assumptions really really really bug me.
__________________
~ GG

Happiness is catching that dropped stitch while it's still fixable..

GrumpyGramma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2012, 11:28 PM   #9
fatoldladyinpjs
Working the Gusset
 
fatoldladyinpjs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Wisconsin near Green Bay
Posts: 1,564
Thanks: 157
Thanked 525 Times in 423 Posts
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.
fatoldladyinpjs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 04:38 AM   #10
HandyFamily
Casting On
 
HandyFamily's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria, EU
Posts: 13
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
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...
__________________
Еnglish is my 3rd language. If something I have said seems like an improper idiom, I most likely do not know it. Please, tell me about it - so that I will know it's wrong for other times.

Find me at http://www.etsy.com/shop/HandyFamily?ref=si_shop for yarns and patterns, or at http://kikikati.snimka.bg/hobby/moi-...rbi.312695.all for pictures of my work.
HandyFamily is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"the myth of the centre-pull ball/skein" jillycat How-to Questions 19 02-25-2008 01:49 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:19 PM.