Friday, April 14, 2006

Knitting Socks

I am knitting a pair of socks for my daughter. I learned how to knit when I was knee high to a grasshopper. What I think happened was that in the summer at the cottage, my little sister needed a lot of care and attention from my mother, and I was sent over to my grandma's cottage every day. There she taught me how to do cross stitch, crochet and knit when I was about 4 or 5 years old. My grandfather helped.

So knitting is one of my earliest memories. As I knit with the children at school it became obvious that knitting was not a female only activity. I talked about my grandparents and they talked about theirs. They talked about grandfathers who worked as knitters. This was their job.

Then just a few weeks ago the celebrity photo of Russell Crowe knitting turned up in the newspaper. Well, one look shows you that he doesn't know how to knit. He does seem to play the violin but not knit. Google 'Russell Crowe knitting' for more details.

However, knitting probably began with men as this more reality based site shows. A good history is documented.

I can't keep up the knitting blog, but knitting must always be the warp of thought for those brought up in our family.

I chuckled when a visiting complementarian mentioned my knitting blog as an example of how women are of a different nature than men. They clutch at straws. Saint Paul himself sewed for a living.

In memory of my mother.


bobbie said...

oh how i love that idea - paul sewing... i knew he made tents, but that sounds so much more 'masculine' - you made me smile suzanne - thank you!

Suzanne McCarthy said...

I have to admit that sewing tough canvas would be a very masculine type of sewing so it might still fall within the male domain.

Anonymous said...

You know a good way to drive complementarians nuts? Point out that knitting has become the hot new feminist hobby. ;)