This appeared in yesterday's "Zaman" newspaper. Interesting that it was considered unusual enough to make the news. :)
Summary: "Retired teacher Saim Kaçmaz (58), of Tokat's Erbaa district, began knitting in order to cut down on his three-pack-a-day cigarette habit. Kaçmaz says he saw his mother knitting when he was 14, but never dreamt he'd use it in this way, but with the help of knitting he has cut down from three to two packs a day, and is working to quit completely. He first started out of curiosity but later found he enjoyed it. Says Kaçmaz, "When I first started, my friends thought it was a bit strange, but after they got used to it, they soon started requesting the sweaters, socks and scarves that I knit."
What was interesting to me was that there were two different versions of this story. This is from the afternoon edition. The morning edition said, "...Kaçmaz began knitting, which is done by women, but he is pleased with his situation."