I’m spending the night in Temple, TX. There just accidentally happens to be a bar next to th3e truck stop. I’ve been accidentally stopping in there for years.

At some point during the evening’s conversation I mentioned that I had taken up knitting. The reaction was hilarious.

“You’re doing what?” bartender.

“Knitting? Like with yarn and stuff?” fellow driver.


“Yeah, ya know, a couple of sticks and some string” me.

I walked out to my truck and grabbed Irish hiking scarf I am working on and brought it back into the bar as proof. I even had to knit a couple of rows just to prove it.

“cool”, “that’s really nice”, “awesome” were the reactions I got at that point.

Geez, you wouldn’t think a bit of string would create such a fuss.

And such an innocent endeavor too! :teehee:

Uh huh.

:teehee: boys!

that’s great! :cheering:

somehow, i don’t think i could get that kind of reaction. :chair:


I don’t think all the fuss is about the stix and string. I think its the fact that you are man enough to burst a rediculous stereotype. I 100% applaud you for that. Most men are not that secure in themselves. :slight_smile:

In addition, I think you make people second guess themselves. Here you are, all big and burly, tattooed and driving a rig. People think they have you figured out. You make them re-evaluate their perceptions. You make them think. Thats a good thing.

Chel, what I’ve always said is that I don’t care what other people think about me, I know what I am, and if they don’t like that, that’s their problem, not mine.

Anyway, Mason, I just checked out your blog and the scarf looks great!

Chel; I love to bust people’s bubbles. I despise stereotypes and boxed in thinking. A friend of mine emailed me today that she saw a biker break out his knitting in a biker bar. I loved it.

As soon as someone has me figured out I shift gears, :rofling:

Conti: Thanks, it’s coming along.

Knitting-guy, what kind of yarn you using on the scarf? I love the colors!

I would love you see a guy or anyone else knitting somewhere. I don’t know anyone who knits. :pout: Whenever I’m out and someone asks me about my bag( come on spring bag its on my blog) I’m all like yeah I made this and I dyed the yarn too. :angelgrin: It’s a great feeling when people can’t believe you made that.

I’m using the Caron Simply Soft Shadows yarn for the scarf. I really like the colors too. Right now I’m into the blue tints and it looks really good.

My husband knows you by name. Whenever he says something about knitting, or whenever he denies my pleas to teach him to knit, I say WELL MASON isn’t afraid to knit! lol

Personally I think you are awesome and I assure you those guys were laughing because they were brought up to believe they “should”. You however, have shown them it doesn’t need to be like that… and it is seriously impressive.

I am going into nursing this year and I guess in my mind it is equal to the guy who goes into nursing. The stereotype is that they must be gay because straight guys just don’t do that. Well, those guys that are nurses (straight or not) are showing that it is another thing that is okay, much like a woman being the leader of a country should be okay, but it still seen as just a bit off (or something anyway) by some people.

Hope I made sense, I’m tired and should be sleeping, lol.

Mine too. I wanted to teach him knitting (for he is very supportive), but he refused, saying he already got a very consuming hobby (diecast modelling) and we should concentrate each on our own hobby :slight_smile: But he loves to watch me knit :cheering::cheering::cheering: And he really appreciates the stuff made for him :heart:

This thread really made me chuckle!:lol::rofling:

“Knitting? Like with yarn and stuff?” fellow driver.

“Yeah, ya know, a couple of sticks and some string” me.


My 16-year-old son says [B]exactly[/B] the same thing!

when i see the title to this thread, it reminds me of that b-52’s song, love shack.

“you’re WHAT?” “tin roof. rusted!”


dances around singing Yarn shack, baby Yarn Shack!


If you see a faded sign by the side of the road that says
15 miles to the… Yarn Shack! Yarn Shack yeah

I’m headin’ down the Orlando highwaaaaaay,
lookin’ for the yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarn getaway
Heading for the yaaaaaaaaaaaaaarn getaway
I got me a stash, it’s as big as a whale
and we’re headin’on down to the Yarn Shack

I got me a Chrysler, it seats about 20
So hurry up and bring your yarn stash money

The Yarn Shack is a little old place where we can get together
Yarn Shack baaaaay-beeeeeeeeee, Yarn Shack baby.
Yarn baby, that’s where it’s at, Ooo Yarn baby, that’s where it’s at
Sign says… Woo… come on in fools,
'cause yarn rules at the Ya-aa-arn Shack!

Well it’s set way back in the middle of a field,
Just a funky old shack and I gotta get back

Noro on the back sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelf
Needles on the tablllllllllllllllllllle
Patterns on the front poooooooooooooooorch
Where do I look fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirst

The Yarn Shack is a little old place where we can get together
Yarn Shack baby!
Yarn Shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack, that’s where it’s at!

Knittin’ and a pearlin’, feltin’ and a blockin’,
needles all asmokin’ and it’s hot as an oven

The whole shack shimmies!
The whole shack shimmies when everybody’sKnittin’ around and around and around!

Everybody’s movin’, everybody’s groovin’ baby!
Folks linin’ up outside just to get down
Everybody’s movin’, everybody’s groovin’ baby
Funky little shack! Funky little shack!

Hop in my Chrysler, it’s as big as a whale and it’s about to set sail!
I got me a car, it seats about 20
So hurry up and bring your yarn stash money.

Bang bang bang on the door baby! Knock a little louder baby!
Bang bang bang on the door baby! I can’t hear you

Your what?.. Yarn stash……BUSTED!

Yarn Shack, baby Yarn Shack!
Yarn baby, that’s where it’s at
Knittin’ and a pearlin’, feltin’ and a blockin’at the Yarn Shack

Aw, man, you’re only about an hour away from me! :slight_smile: If you ever head further south, I can take you to a great little Irish pub where I have been known to sit and knit while enjoying my beer… :slight_smile: