Age old knitting myth

I fell in love with knitting late last year, but due to school I haven’t really been able to knit much. I have some time now, though, and just started my first afghan :slight_smile: I was at lunch with my family the other day, and I was trying to hurry my family along because the knitting store closed at four. My brother looked at me like I was crazy and said, “Knitting is for OLD people!” :tap:

I actually have met many younger knitters since starting. Besides him acting like being older was a “bad” thing, he acted like I was some weird cat lady for wanting to knit. Well ha! I’m actually a dog lady so there :wink:

Honestly, though. Does this myth still exist widely? Ever have someone act like you’re weird for knitting? He’s lucky I didn’t have my knitting needles with me is all I’m saying…

I think it’s more that [I]some[/I] people believe it, but isn’t that universal any more. Your brother’s probably just young and hasn’t had a lot of experience out in the world yet. Next time he makes a comment, come back with “I have pointy sticks and know how to use them.”

My son’s girlfriend is around 20. I was thrilled to see her happily knitting away on a scarf. My son said he felt like he was sitting with old ladies, the two of us talking about knitting. I was delighted. I had a bunch of old knitting needles I had meant to give away to a thrift store. She got a big score. If my son doesn’t like it, tough. Deal with it. He was happy to get the convertible mittens I made for him last winter. Yah, see. How do you think you got those mittens you love?

If you really want to surprise your brother, tell him that knitting was an all male activity once upon a time.

Then, yeah, remind him that you have two weapons always at hand, so perhaps he should be nicer to you!

Oh, and you could show him the Super Mario Bros blanket created by Lawlren: http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=108155, who is a young knitter as well!

There will always be some people who think that. I’m 59 and my brother that I hadn’t seen for awhile laughed when I told him I knit. :lol:

I’ve gotten a divided reaction about knitting. My close friends have the “Oh, that’s awesome! Can you knit me a [insert pattern here]?” reaction and then there is still the people that equate it with an “old person” activity. One friend actually felt a little sad for me and vowed to get me out of the house more to “rescue” me.

I don’t talk to that person much anymore. :roflhard:

Antares, I remember reading that in a knitting book my mom got me! I’ll have to mention that to him next time I see him.

What gets me about the assumption is that it doesn’t even make sense. You don’t get to a certain age and automatically become a great knitter, lol. Obviously older people who are fabulous knitters most likely didn’t just “start” knitting.

I have two friends who crochet quite a bit. They even crocheted their prom dresses, which is the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen. I’ll have to show him my knitting needles and maybe he’ll show more respect :teehee:

I’ll have to show him my knitting needles and maybe he’ll show more respect

You could tell him when he grows up you’ll teach him to knit? :rofl:
Crocheted prom dresses? Wow! sure beats duck tape.

Ageist/sexist/whatever assumptions really really [B]really[/B] bug me.

The last time my son pulled the Knitting is for old people routine, I had some knitting needles in my hand. I jokingly held the tips up in the air menacingly and said, Come here, honey. I’ve got something for you. Sit on it. He shut up.

Come now. You won’t let a brother tease you, will you? Brothers are supposed to try that - for any pretext they could find, that is what they are for (in childhood, at least). But you are supposed to smile at it, not let it get through you…

I think the Granny from Warner Bros. (the lady who owned Tweety) went a long way towards making people think knitting is for old people.

Being 9 days away for being 63 I must say your brother is ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.

Knitting is for old people, but then it is for young people, middle age people, short people, tall people, or to shorten it [blank] people, insert anything you want in the blank.

The only limitation I know of is that carrying and giving birth is still a woman’s thing. However, I would not be surprised that there is someone working on that to.

I just met my new neighbor. She’s probably not older than 25. She must be OK, she wants help improving her crochet and maybe learn to knit! She has a plarn rug she works on sometimes, she said. I think I won’t tell her knitting (and crocheting) are for old people. :stuck_out_tongue:

[I]I think the Granny from Warner Bros. (the lady who owned Tweety) went a long way towards making people think knitting is for old people.[/I]

That same image came to my mind too.

Remember as we grew into our teens and early 20’s a lot of us though that our parents were stupid? The next time you hear the comment " knitting is for old people", make the statement, “That goes to prove that the older people aren’t as dumb as we grew up believing.” Something on that line.

I’m a 25 year old guy. I recently fell in love with knitting. I think younger people are creating personalized and old school clothing again. I started knitting because I wanted a beanie in a certain color lol! I was shocked to find it was addictive and relaxing!

Hey, welcome to the subgroup of male knitters here! We have about 5 or 6 who post here regularly and I think there’s a few more lurking in the corners.

Thanks Suzeeq! I’m glad to know I’m not the only guy on the threads! As for the age old knitting myth, it IS annoying. My sister is starting to call me by my Grandmothers name… But shes already making knitting requests! lol I guess I should learn how to properly read a pattern fast…

I’m a 25 year old guy. I recently fell in love with knitting. I think younger people are creating personalized and old school clothing again. I started knitting because I wanted a beanie in a certain color lol! I was shocked to find it was addictive and relaxing!

Hi and welcome to KH! I think it’s so cool when guys aren’t embarrassed to knit, crochet, sew, etc., etc. I hope you enjoy playing with strings and sticks as much as I do.

Do you have a beanie pattern? What color? Ravelry.com has more patterns than I could count and you just might find one there. You’ll find lots of help here too.

I think all this taunting from siblings is because they are jealous–and secretly amazed!

I imagine the first time your sibling is complimented for an object you’ve knit them, the taunting and teasing just might fade away to nary a peep!

Welcome to KH, Strooper1. :waving:

Strooper, I likewise think it’s awesome that you knit! As was said earlier, knitting used to be an all male practice at one point anyway.

I think you guys are right about the taunting from siblings. They are just jealous. In fact, my older sister has already found five (FIVE!) scarf patterns on ravelry for me to knit her, lol. She wants me to teach her and my niece this Summer. So now he’ll be outnumbered! :knitting: :knitting: :knitting: