Esquire Magazine - Men Should Knit

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From Esquire; Nov2005, Vol. 144 Issue 5, p74.

Section: MAN AT HIS BEST
THE INDEFENSIBLE POSITION

"AS A FARMER, I know my masculinity is measured by how straight my fences run and how thick the calluses on my hands are. I have a wife, three children, and several hundred sheep…and I'm a closet knitter. Or I was until security detained me at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport because of the knitting needles buried in my bag. ("Do you knit, sir?" asked a man in a gray suit.) When I finally boarded another flight, tense and annoyed, I took my knitting out in public for the first time.

A man who knits is viewed askance, as if his masculinity is questionable for owning a pair of giant needles and a ball of yarn. But consider the history: For centuries, spinning, knitting, and weaving were the only means of turning raw wool into a product crucial for winter survival. Medieval knitting guilds adhered to a men-only policy. American colonists wore hand-knit clothes, a snub to King George III. Allied POWs learned to unravel their Red Cross sweaters and reknit them into socks with pieces of barbed wire as a defense against frostbite.

And consider the compensations: For every man who has sneered, a woman has sidled up to ask what I'm making and touched the fabric as it fell from my needles. Like building a table or restoring a car, the result of my efforts is a tangible product, one that keeps my family warm.

Do I knit? You bet your ass. Which is exactly what Ill say the next time I'm detained at the airport."

By Charles Capaldi

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Kilted Knitter's picture

Great Article!!!!! Its

Great Article!!!!!
Its about time we men stood up for our knitting and knitting in public. I am not a closet knitter, I have been seen knitting at the airport and on a plane. I have even taken my knitting camping. That is why I like knitting so much, it relaxes me and is a very portable craft. And like the article said, men have been knitting and spinning for centuries.
Barry...The Kilted Knitter

tomanyt's picture

What a great article!!! I

What a great article!!! I too am a closet knitter. Maybe someday I will have to courage to "come out of the closet".

PeterMark's picture

What a great find! I still

What a great find! I still like Mason M.'s story about "anger management therapy." I especially like the answer to the question, "Does it help?" "Sometimes."

Peter

MasonM's picture

Excellent article. Thanks

Excellent article. Thanks for sharing it.

Mason

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kiwiknitter's picture

Bloody brilliant! This is a

Bloody brilliant! This is a fantastic story; thanks for sharing it. I was moved by its sincerity and candor - it actually made me feel good!

Asbjörn's picture

This story actually made me

This story actually made me feel good too, especially since I was reading the archives and found that article against men knitting written by that vile harpy Debbie Schlussel.

MasonM's picture

LOL 'vile harpy' is far too

LOL 'vile harpy' is far too kind for that twit.

Mason

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