After getting my Christmas knitting pretty much wrapped up, I was talking with my wife, and she asked if I was going to take a break from knitting, or what my next project was going to be. I mentioned that her mother had asked if I would knit her a vest, and we had talked about baby blankets for a couple of friends who are both expecting in the spring. "But," I said, "after all this work for other people, I'd really like to knit something for myself." She responded:
"But men don't wear knit things."
Now, I argued that I wear knit things all the time. Sweaters, vests and the like. She said that, no, those were store-bought, clarifying that she meant that men don't wear hand-knit things.
I will admit that I really don't wear hand-knit things. Only once in my life has anyone ever knit something for me. Back in 1996 or so, my girlfriend's mother knit me a sweater. I have kept it all these years, and although the style is a bit out of fashion at this point, I pulled it out again after I started knitting and marvelled at the craft of the thing. But other than that, I haven't ever knit anything for myself, nor has anyone knit anything for me, so there is nothing for me to wear.
The question is this...do men wear knit things? What do you wear, and do the men that you knit for wear the items that you have worked so hard to create?