Last night, I was cruising around here, added my bit about a cap that I’d made, when my DH came and started looking over my shoulder. “What are you doing?” I explained that this was where I could chat with all my knitting buddies. He said, “so, you’re hanging out with an older crowd now?” And he was not really kidding. :shock:
I stayed calm and asked him to explain. He said, “aren’t most of the women who knit grandmothers and little old ladies?” Hm… NO! At that point, I went over to the “photos of you” page and started showing him all of you. To say that he was stunned is an understatement. He honestly had no idea that so many people my age (knocking on the door to 40) and younger were knitting. He has now threatened to take up knitting himself and start joining you. :fingerwag: I don’t think he’s being sincere in his desire to express his creative impulses!
So… here is the theme of this post: do any of you get that? People acting like it is so unusual for someone “your age” to be knitting? For you guys, do people look at you funny when you either KIP or admit to knitting? How did it get this way? When did a “knitter” bring to mind the image of a littlle old lady in a rocking chair with 500 cats scattered around the room and huge balls of yarn slowly being turned into… doilies!!!
I hear a lot of “oh, my grandmother used to knit” or “I remember the old lady down the street knitting”. But then there are you guys. None of you is the stereotypical “little old lady”! I’ve seen photos of the grandmothers with the grandkids on this site - you guys rock! I have a tremendous amount in common with so many people here. I don’t think that there is a single person on this site who falls into that image that people seem to have of knitters.
So I guess that’s the question floating around in my mind - if my own husband is stuck with this stupid stereotype, what’s going on with the rest of the non-knitting world? I know that it doesn’t really matter and I’ll continue to knit no matter what anyone thinks. It’s more of a curiousity thing. And, for the record, my DH is a changed man! I’ve also shown you guys to my son who no longer calls knitting the “old lady disease”. I’m doing my part to educate - kinda like teaching my son to always put the seat down! My little contribution to the upcoming generation of women!