Just wanted you to know that you and Gail and family are always in our thoughts
Noreen and Don
PS, I have a funny MARINE knitting 'story' to share with you, shall I share it
here? Its CLEAN, just a WWKIP day reference with a guy who was aghast when we
offered to teach him to knit. (he's an IDIOT, lol!)
Spike Driver spun a FINE 'yarn':
Spike Driver. . .
Jay, who is a realtor and somewhat general contractor (questionable) AND a
former Vandy Football player (AND was even on the bench for the 49-ers and the
Seahawks) was watching us knit from across the street.
We invited him to learn how.
He responded that it was 'girly'.
I responded that I have a friend who is a Marine who knits AND crochets.
HE responded that my friend must be more of a man, pause, more of a WOMAN than
he (Jay) is.
I told him I'd bring you back from IL to deal with that unenlighted comment!
Had Don been there, he'd've given Jay an earful!
I was having too much fun knitting to REALLY get 'into it' with Jay, but DID
get a GOOD snicker in by adding, maybe LISA (his wife) is MAN enough to knit!
(being that Lisa has what I call 'buy-me's" or "after-market" errrrr upper
'parts', I thought it was hilarious!
I'm bac, really really bad!
I have stopped long ago , to use this terms as such ,,, in my
[written] lectures i explain the Historical development, the moving of
the knitting between the genders. It might interest you that this a
tottaly Western point of view, our Ethiopian tribe had only Males Knit
and weave , till they came here . In many ASIATIC societies males Do
all the Crafts that are sold, and women do the ones for home use.
Defenitions of Gendral crafts are Culture and Period related.
As to the man who had those strange reactions ,,, i wouldn`t waste my
breath on him.
Our new Exhibition will be about Knitting [ not useful stuff] it will
include Only Lady Artists ,,, no man wanted to join ,,, i was so sick
of writing about the Gendral issue that i only gave it a tiny remark
in my Gallery Paper ,,,, As i find that nowadays i brings to the
surface other SOCIAL ISSUES ,,,
I would not waste my time in him. I have knitted and crocheted for so
many years the I have heard it all, I think. I quit listening to men
that thought it was degrading decades ago.
Thanks for the kind thougts Mirjam, you do not have to worry about me,
Your man friend that loves to knit & crochet,
I've been lurking on and off for a couple of months here, but this
subject is a sore one with me as well. My grandma taught me crochet
and embroidery when I was 7 or 8 yrs old. Quite a few of the people I
work with are surprised that a *mere* man can do this kind of work.
One of my co-workers made the statement that "It's not a 'manly' thing
to do." No accounting for some people I suppose.
So far this year I've done two shawls for my daughters, a pineapple
pattern centerpiece (36" diameter) for a lady I work with, and am
working on a cardigan. The cardigan is being done with worsted yarn
the others were all done in size 10 cotton thread.
It has been interesting and educational following some of the projects
being done here, and I share some of the frustrations at having to
frog stitch occasionally.
Thanks for the kind reply. As you can see I am a true family man, Gail
and my three children will be the first to say that. Did you catch the
word after family, no doubt friend. Don't let them bother you, enjoy
your great hobby and have a ton of enjoyment as I can see you are
already doing. I will bet your family enjoys your hobby with those
great hand made gifts! I know my daughter, 2 sons and three grand
children love there gifts. My wife "Gail", tells every one about the
gifts I make for her with a ton of pride.
It sounds like you've been busy. We would like to see a picture if
possible. I have been doing most of my knitting and crocheting for
charity the last several months.
As for frogging I don't even want to talk about it, do you get what I
Please check in more often. There is a wealth of knitting and
crocheting information here and the friendliest people you will ever
meet. And, I am not the only MAN in the group, as I am sure you know by now.
A man that knits and crochets, :)
Welcome to rcty, and good to see you standing up to be noticed! ;o)
Tell those unknowing people that Rosey Grier (ex-football player in case you
didn't know... I have no idea if you are old enough to know him or not) does
embroidery to help him relax, and I'll bet they wouldn't have the nerve to
tell him that it unmanly! He is one HUGE man! ;o) *hugs*
On Thu, 14 Jun 2007 03:10:30 -0000, Katherine
I'll see what I can do on that, I've got some of the centerpiece but
not the shawls. I do have a white shawl I made first in the same
It is. For those people, I like to borrow a quote from Louis L'Amour
"A might narrow between the eyes." Discovered it in his novel "The
Daybreakers", one of the Sackett series.
I've heard of that story about the men in prison. Amazing.
>It is sad that some people can be so narrow-minded. But don't let them get
>to you. Just keep enjoying your hobby and join in here again.
>Here's an interesting story about men knitting in prison -
I hear that. Sounds like his job resembled the military life. Long
stretches of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror. Crocheting
(sp?) is a good way to spend idle time and hold off the boredom for a
I learned a l-o-o-ong time ago not to care too much about what others
thought of me. So, screwball comments don't bother me much if at all.
I'll see what I can do about pictures. Should I post them as
attachments in this group, or somewhere else? Don't want to upset the
natives, if you know what I mean.
I like the fact that there are more men acquiring needlework skills,
of whatever choice. Never could get the hang of knitting myself, four
or five different people have tried to teach me. I keep busy enough
with the rest though, so I probably wouldn't have the time to keep
needlepoint actually. he even published a book on it (Rosie
Greer's Needlepoint for Men, 1973).
here's some highlights:
i'll add my welcome. my 6 year old son knits on a frame. he's attempting needles but the coordination isn't there yet. he has some interest in tapestry weaving, so we may build a loom this summer & try that out.lee
I also goofed on what it is that he does (but I do remember seeing him on
the Johnny Carson show and that Johnny Carson got his trademark expression
on his face that let you know "I am NOT stupid enough to say that this is
unmanly")... but I was close, yes? I've never done needlepoint *or*
embroidery, so I don't really know the difference in them. Embroidery is
what is done with colourful threads on pillowcases, etc?
Real men might knit or crochet or tat or do crewel, but - Real men do not
Well, they might. But, they would never admit it. It is like stopping and
asking for directions. That standard was set by D. Boon - never lost, but a
mite bewildered for neigh on to 3 days!
Therefore, the only time you can talk about frogging is when you are
BRAGGING that it took you more than 3 days (72 hours) to frog it out!
And, Bragging is perfectly acceptable male pastime anywhere, under any