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kyench
Chatty Knitter

USA
205 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2005 :  11:07:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit kyench's Homepage Send kyench a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was just wondering after meeting other male knitters here, online and in LYS...... I seem to notice something.

I've only met one male knitter in person who's an engineer. Someone mentioned that her grandfather is also an engineer. The guy's wife is also an engineer.

I was wondering what kind of occupation our knitters are.... especially the guys??? Is it a trend that guys who knit are mostly in the engineering/technical/software/IT occupation??

KC
http://boiknit.blog.com/

MMario
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Posted - 03/10/2005 :  11:14:46 AM  Show Profile Send MMario a Private Message  Reply with Quote
not in my experience.

MMario - I don't live in the 21st century - but I play a character who does.
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SFMichael
Gabber Extraordinaire

437 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2005 :  12:10:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit SFMichael's Homepage Send SFMichael a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I actually have a degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in semiconductor processing for several years, but now I am a control buyer for Williams-Sonoma catalog.

Michael
http://pages.prodigy.net/maecooper/
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kyench
Chatty Knitter

USA
205 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2005 :  12:34:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit kyench's Homepage Send kyench a Private Message  Reply with Quote
No way.... I also have a degree in Chemical Engineering but have branched out to the IT side of things.

But I sure would like to quit and open a dog training school or open a yarn store or a control buyer for Williams-Sonoma wouldn't be bad at all.

Sick and tired of corporate red tape and politics.

So, 1 yes and 1 no...... who else?

KC
http://boiknit.blog.com/
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Molly C
Seriously Hooked

USA
884 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2005 :  12:36:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit Molly C's Homepage Send Molly C a Private Message  Reply with Quote
One of the owners of my LYS is a man - a husband/wife duo where the husband is the knitter and the wife crochets. I'm pretty sure that before they opened the LYS that he was in engineering of some type.

Molly
Knitting Away in Connecticut.

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mokey
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Posted - 03/10/2005 :  12:48:48 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Out of the five men who've attended our SnB, three were in finance and two in the arts.

"I firmly believe the Bible is the misinterpreted word of God." Mokey

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Renocat
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Posted - 03/10/2005 :  12:48:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit Renocat's Homepage Send Renocat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am not a man but I am an IT professional...technology coordinator for a school district.

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Kim
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kyench
Chatty Knitter

USA
205 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2005 :  12:53:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit kyench's Homepage Send kyench a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Maybe we should suggest this to the owner to run an official poll? I think her name is Clara? I'd really be interested in the occupation demographics of our knitters, male and female. I think there might be a certain trend..... A mindset of being very methodological in thinking?

KC
http://boiknit.blog.com/
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Renocat
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Posted - 03/10/2005 :  12:56:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit Renocat's Homepage Send Renocat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
KC...I think you are right about the mathmatical correlation. I tend to like logical things and I always read directions and manuals
Kim

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Kim
I have a blog! http://kimsknitpage.blogspot.com/
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fmarrs
Guardian angel

USA
9776 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2005 :  1:28:31 PM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think knitting is a combination of things. The mathmatical of course, the creative, color and form, clothing construction, and other art dimensions. I think of it as a three dimensioal sculpture using yarn, thread, wire, etc. I have known knitters who could instinctively construct a garment with very litte math and others who couldn't knit a washcloth without careful calculations. The one thing I have noticed about male knitters is that they are comfortable with who they are and not dependent on public opinion for their self esteem. Other than that they have many and varied intersts. Personally, my favorite people are those who can combine math and science and creativity. Perhaps, because that is the type of person that I am.

fran


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Crey
Seriously Hooked

827 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2005 :  1:41:32 PM  Show Profile Send Crey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yay Fran - I am an IT professional with a degree in art and a history of sewing garments. I have also done sculpture with fabric. So - does that make me the perfect knitter? - Creu

"Water that is too pure has no fish." -Ts'ai Ken T'an
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fmarrs
Guardian angel

USA
9776 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2005 :  1:48:21 PM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message  Reply with Quote
YUP

fran
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Crey
Seriously Hooked

827 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2005 :  1:52:10 PM  Show Profile Send Crey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank goodness - to finally be perfect at something - Crey (can't even spell my name correctly some days)

"Water that is too pure has no fish." -Ts'ai Ken T'an
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sarakate
Seriously Hooked

USA
818 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2005 :  1:56:55 PM  Show Profile Send sarakate a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I *was* an engineer, until I went back to school and became a lawyer. I still work in a highly technical field, though -- environmental law -- so I'm really combining both degrees all the time. I think it's definitely true that there's an engineering bent to knitting -- analysis of how the knitting stitches cause the fabric to do what it does *definitely* contributes to one's design abilities.
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kyench
Chatty Knitter

USA
205 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2005 :  2:02:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit kyench's Homepage Send kyench a Private Message  Reply with Quote
6 techies vs 6 non-techies...... very interesting...

KC
http://boiknit.blog.com/
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Kelly B
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USA
2206 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2005 :  2:02:50 PM  Show Profile Send Kelly B a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Chalk up another female (sorry -- well, not really) camhead knitter (MechE). At least I was in my previous life, pre-kids; not sure what I'll be next!
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edelsma
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Canada
1182 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2005 :  3:29:03 PM  Show Profile Send edelsma a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I majored in accounting, but am now in an IT environment. A business analyst to be exact, supporting our users in Japan with the system they use over there.
Am I qualified as a techie?

Margaret in Waterloo, Ontario
~~~
When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.... Confucius~~~

http://ca.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/edelsma/my_photos
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Tuppence
Chatty Knitter

USA
140 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2005 :  4:04:47 PM  Show Profile Send Tuppence a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am (or was) another female techie, recently retired after 25+ years as a software engineer. I've always enjoyed the mathematical aspects of knitting, and I think that a well-designed knitting pattern is a lot like a well-designed computer program.


- Marie, NW of Chicago
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kyench
Chatty Knitter

USA
205 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2005 :  6:20:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit kyench's Homepage Send kyench a Private Message  Reply with Quote
yes margaret,you're a techie

9 techies vs. 6 non techies

This is fun..... who else??

KC
http://boiknit.blog.com/
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newworlddavinci
Warming Up

USA
79 Posts

Posted - 03/11/2005 :  12:10:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit newworlddavinci's Homepage  Send newworlddavinci a Yahoo! Message Send newworlddavinci a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yah'at'eeh

Well not realy sure here, ive been a buncha things myself, Mostly ive been into the egghead thing, Electronic Engineering, Systems Manager, Lead Death Investigator, but i much prefer the art than the technical aspect of knitting but hey thats me (ive always been on the cutting edge of wierd)

Jeorge
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MeezieGirl
Seriously Hooked

USA
623 Posts

Posted - 03/11/2005 :  4:02:08 PM  Show Profile Send MeezieGirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm trained as a geologist. I *love* combining math and designing, both designing garments and knit patterns, (as well as almost anything I can get my hands on...). I've knit, sewed, dyed fabric, etc., most of my life.
When I was in college in the 60's, it was still odd for a woman to want to be a geologist. Is that the converse of a male knitter?

Dee
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