A lot of guys are taking up knitting, especially as the hobby surges in popularity on college campuses, in coffee shops and at the many yarn stores that are sprouting up in cities across the country. At The Wool Tree in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., co-owner Robert Lincoln says he and his wife, Bonnie, have seen more young men coming into the store to buy knitting and crocheting supplies. Many of them are snowboarders who want to make their own winter gear — as a fashion statement or to save money to buy ski passes. 

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Would you think a guy was too effeminate if you saw him knitting?
A lot of guys are taking up knitting, especially as the hobby surges in popularity on college campuses, in coffee shops and at the many yarn stores that are sprouting up in cities across the country. At The Wool Tree in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., co-owner Robert Lincoln says he and his wife, Bonnie, have seen more young men coming into the store to buy knitting and crocheting supplies. Many of them are snowboarders who want to make their own winter gear — as a fashion statement or to save money to buy ski passes.

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17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 2/26/05 - 12:18:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
I never knitted a day in my wife, then my wife took it up. She didn't catch on to it, so I tried and ended up teaching her. I didn't like it but she did, so I guess its cool.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 2/26/05 - 12:28:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
Since men make the best chef's, maybe the best knitters will turn out to be men too. But if any of my friends took up the needles and started knitting, I'd sure give them a hard time.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 12:38:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
No way! I'm always getting guys to learn to knit. Did you know that in the early days of knitting, it was a common trade for men?

It's true: during the Renaissance, knitting guilds were formed throughout Europe. Much like other artisan guilds of the era, these guilds were entirely male, and many of them survived well into the eighteenth century.

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 12:44:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not really, there's some guys who knit for this program that gives knitted scarfs, blankets, slippers, ect. to foster kids/homeless people with me. I think it's just the sweetest thing. But anyways, no I wouldn't. It's just knitting.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 6:05:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
Ef what?
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 6:06:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
no not at all knitting help build up finger dexterity which can be important for a lot of things: in my case guitar playing
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 6:54:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
To be honest, if I saw a man knitting I'd probably assume he was gay.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 6:57:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
I would assume he was a character from South Park, namely 'Big Gay Al'.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 8:57:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
No I don't think a guy would be too effiminate because my boyfriend, for example, knows how to cross stitch and he taught me how. His mother taught him and he actually likes doing it. I don't think there's anything wrong with it. Actually, I think it's cool that he can do that. It takes patience as knitting does, so if they can do it I, "tip my hat to them."
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 8:59:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
"A lot of guys are taking up knitting." NO. A lot of guys are NOT taking up knitting. What a load of sh**!
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 10:23:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
Apparently a lot of guys are taking an active interest in soft furnishings and are turning their backs on sport and beer too.

On bizzaroworld, naturally.

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 10:24:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah.
I'd think he was gay, sadly enough.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 10:28:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm with andy. Ummm no straight men are taking up knitting.

...Not that there'd be anything wrong with that.

I would laugh so hard if I saw my boyfriend knitting. So I'm sexist, sue me

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 11:05:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
yeah...uh guys knitting hahaha...me knitting...hahaha
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/4/05 - 9:33:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think thats amazing!
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/5/05 - 12:09:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
I never enjoyed knitting, but I think it's sad when people make such judgements. I'm a rather effeminate guy and I've often been asked if I'm gay, which I am certain I am not, but I really dislike that people can be boxed in like that.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/5/05 - 12:17:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 2/28/2005 6:54:32 AM cszulins wrote:
To be honest, if I saw a man knitting I'd probably assume he was gay.

Me, too. I feel bad for saying that but it's true. I mean even I don't knit.

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 7/20/05 - 1:36:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
Of course they aren't. And knitting's hot.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 7/21/05 - 2:29:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd think it was cool, especially if he were a fashion designer.
Any guy who is creative has a good chance with me.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 7/21/05 - 2:33:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't knit, but I really enjoy cross-stitch. I find it very relaxing after a hard day at work.

At 6 feet 4, 20 stones and a reasonable rugby player, I don't suppose you'd call me effeminate.

Neither my wife nor my girlfriend have any worries that way!

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 7/21/05 - 2:38:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sorry, yes.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 7/21/05 - 2:40:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
more men than you think, do knit.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 7/23/05 - 4:54:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
I took a home economics class in which I learned to knit. It's good when you need something on your clothes to be fixed and it's a good thing to do for fun. To this day, I still know how to knit. Sometimes, you have to do what you have to do, so men are still men if they knit.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/26/06 - 12:39:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not if he were an emo boy.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/26/06 - 12:45:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, not at all. I think its kind of cool. I've done weaving before.

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