A Turkish Brother! :)

bobinthebul's picture

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."

From Knittin'

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That is great. I like that

That is great. I like that the afternoon edition cut the somewhat sexist remarks, concentrating on the uplifting part of the story.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That is great. I like that

That is great. I like that the afternoon edition cut the somewhat sexist remarks, concentrating on the uplifting part of the story.

ingauge's picture

I am 6 months nicotene free

I am 6 months nicotene free from a pack+ a day habit and I know that knitting has helped. Congrats on kicking the habit. Whatever works men! Live Long, live well!

scottly's picture

Very interesting - that's

Very interesting - that's what I did to help stop smoking too and it worked. I love the idea that someone on the other side of the world is doing the same thing. If you see a follow up story please share, I'd like to hear how he did.