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Man Knit?

Knitting? I like it! I don’t know why I started it. It was just an impulse really. I remember asking why there aren’t many doing it any more, both sexes included. Back in the day when growing up, it was common seeing one knit or crochet. You wouldn’t miss a ball of yarn in a home. Local shopkeepers were even selling yarn! It was normal seeing our mother’s knit us sweaters, socks and hats. A more common sight was seeing our mothers crotchet away for hours those colorful furniture drapes with lovely patterns. It was nice.

So that got me thinking, why not learn to knit? That was October last year. I got myself a pair of standard knitting needles and some yarn from markiti (an old local market), studied a few you-tube videos and within no time I was knitting a scarf. Actually it was not so hard but I knew I was getting better as I carried on.

scarf

scarf

Why Knit?

Knitting is good and I like it very much. I find it very enjoyable. It really relaxes the mind. It’s not like I have a lot of free time on my hands to kill, No! No! I just feel that everybody needs something that he can do for himself in his pastime, In his alone time, and mine is sometimes knitting.

I particularly like knitting at this one place called zing, a restaurant in my neighbourhood. The place is quite private, which is good for knitting. The other interesting thing i have noted is that this activity is really a conversation starter, which is good. It makes people smile especially when they see it’s a man doing it, and if they have knitting knowledge, in no time you will both be having a happy talk about wool.

Coincidence?

When my mother learnt about my little pastime, she told me that my grandfather was very good at knitting. I really did not know this before I took on to knitting. He was so good at it that he was making us little sweaters when we were toddlers using porcupine quills as knitting needles and making yarn from scratch by spinning it from wool.

The knowledge that it’s not a gender thing was a good feeling, not that I was too concerned anyway. Men were knitting long before I started 🙂 My wife doesn’t mind me knitting, she finds it quite amusing seeing me do it. She’s used to it now 😀 Planning to make her something warm in the near future.

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