Knitters Magazine - "Men who knit" feature - Spring 1987

purlyman's picture

So I went to a knitting group at a nearby LYS last Sunday and they were giving away some magazines - not sure where they got them. One of them was the Spring 1987 issue of Knitters Magazine with a "Men who knit" feature in it - also feature a man on the cover. The author introduces the article with this:

"How many men knitters do you know? If you needed to interview ten or so for KNITTERS, where would you look? Would you place an ad in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED? Rifle through KNITTERS subscription lists? I decided to talk to Meg Swansen. Meg and her mother Elizabeth Zimmerman, know everybody in this business."

Sure enough, she ends up with a list of 12 men for the feature. Each one discusses his experience(s) with knitting. Interesting read.

Glen Ames - pilot
John McKee - neurologist
David Hudson - football player
Michael Crane - anesthesiologist and owner of a knitting shop
Charles Higginbotham - proprietor-in-residence of The Woolgatherer in D.C.
Oscar Britt - designer and teacher at the Smithsonian and The Woolgatherer in D.C.
David Codling - retired airline steward (aka flight attendant) - small business owner
Ted Myatt - massage therapy student
Richard Thorne - industrial supplies salesman
Thom Christoph - free-lance opera coach
Eugen Beugler - "word processor" at the U. of Oregon
Jay Reeve - symphony violinist

There's also an inset article about the history of knitting as a "manly art".

Happy knitting to everyone!!

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Kerry's picture

I have Knitters issue 1

I have Knitters issue 1 which is about guernseys including one from EZ and an article by her. Issue 33 winter 1993 is Mostly Men and Boys, and No 45 winter 1996 has a few nice sweaters for men.

purlyman's picture

So what's the date on issue

So what's the date on issue 1 then?

Kerry's picture

There is no date on the

There is no date on the cover, just Collector's Issue 1. I bought this in the late 80s/early 90s when I subscribed to Knitters and they had a list in the back of the magazine of back issues still available. The only date I can find is a 1986 copyright of the photo on the back cover. A young Elaine Rowley was the editor, and Alexis Xenakis looks fresh out of school.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I have the Collector's Issue

I have the Collector's Issue as well. (I guess, technically, it is a reissue.) Great information and fun to enjoy. In fact, I went to my early issue of Knitter's for the Baby Surprise Jacket...it was easier for me to understand when I was trying to knit my first one. Pared down to the bare bones of instruction and in EZ's own words...much easier to follow. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Kerry's picture

There were a few more that I

There were a few more that I got and am now sorry I didn't get more, although I was getting a bit peed off with Knitters as there were so few design for men. There are some issues from the 90s dealing with lace in the days before I attempted it, so I must go back and re-read them. I'm not normally a collector of magazines but these for keeps.

Aaronknits's picture

Very cool! The sweater on

Very cool! The sweater on the cover looks intriguing.

albert's picture

Wow. twenty-two years ago!

Wow. twenty-two years ago!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I treasure that copy in my

I treasure that copy in my Knitter's archives. Maybe we should ask Knitter's to do a follow up article about men who knit and MWK. Especially since are now over the 3000 mark. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

chipsir's picture

Thanks for letting us know,

Thanks for letting us know, I wonder if back issues are available???????

QueerJoe's picture

It was the first thing I

It was the first thing I went to check out, and unfortunately, that back issue is "Sold Out" :(

purlyman's picture

We can send this issue

We can send this issue around on a mailing list... I'd be up for that.

chipsir's picture

I tried to see if the issue

I tried to see if the issue was on line but could only get as far as the title and then it just fanishes.:(

QueerJoe's picture

What a great piece of MWK

What a great piece of MWK history. I know Eugene Beugler's name, and I personally know both Ted Myatt and David Codling, but the other names I don't recognize at all.

I bet Ted knows most of these guys.

purlyman's picture

I was wondering if anyone

I was wondering if anyone would recognize some of the names. :-)