Men Who Knit
|In early knitting history men were the
hand knitters. They formed guilds and thus monopolized the trades.
The invention of the knitting machine in 1589 caused men to move out of
hand knitting to other occupations.
In more recent history men often knit their own socks, scarves, and hats for utilitarian reasons. Many grandchildren and children learned to knit from their grandfathers. Interestingly, relatively few of these items remain; most were worn out.
Currently, many movie stars, athletes, and other men prominent in the media are knitters. They cite the rhythmic, relaxing nature of knitting as well as the creative outlet. Some men have learned to knit in self-defense: so they can knit while their automobile occupant drives, for relaxing evenings at home, or to get their sweaters/socks/mittens/scarves faster than a lady knitter can get them done, or to have exactly what they want.
Knitting lessons in grade school or lessons
as a child from a grandmother or
Of the male knitters featured here, each has his own story. We feature only a small number of knitters (10) due to our space limitations -- these are some of the best.
The idea for this display was suggested to me by Ted Myatt several years ago while we were at Meg Swansen's camp. It has been great fun. Hope you enjoy it! Ruth Knight Sybers
Photos by Lori Berg
Copyright © 2001.
The Dining Room at 209 Main
Quilts by the Thursday Friends
WEAVING WITH SEWING THREAD
HISTORIC MONTICELLO WOOLEN MILL
Katherine Pence Inspired by Everything
WHY DO I SPIN?
THE EARLY KNITTED WORKS OF JOYCE WILLIAMS