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britisher
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 09/11/2008 :  4:02:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit britisher's Homepage Send britisher a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by jeanhal

I always talk about how men in my humble opinion are better knitters-knitting is a numbers game after all, and so many of us non-men are intimidated by math. After that I talk about how in WW1 and 2 (maybe before & after, but I KNOW those wars) knitting was used as a therapy-there are many articles about this, for the wounded men. And last I mention the taxi driver who took my aunt to work each evening and knit - he made beautiful, complicated sweaters one years for each of her b-i-l's- one being my father. Knit in Public- why not? Beats the cell phone yakkers.

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britisher
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 09/11/2008 :  4:04:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit britisher's Homepage Send britisher a Private Message  Reply with Quote
D'oh! Here's what I actually meant to write first time round...

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Originally posted by jeanhal

I talk about how in WW1 and 2 ... knitting was used as a therapy-there are many articles about this, for the wounded men.



Yeah, I took up knitting to help take my mind off the chronic pain after getting injured during a mugging. It doesn't take the pain away, but it does get me so involved that I am less aware of it. Plus, I get something to wear at the end of it.

However, that doesn't make me feel comfortable about being a boy-who-knits-in-public. Maybe in about 1000 years, but not just yet.
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Passapman
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USA
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Posted - 07/13/2009 :  4:26:25 PM  Show Profile  Send Passapman a Yahoo! Message Send Passapman a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am a man who knits and I knit in public. Once in a medical office lobby I was happily knitting away. A woman was so astonished she kept turning her head to keep watching me as she walked. She plowed straight into a column, twisted her neck, broke her glasses, and gave herself a shiner! I have often wondered what she told people about her injuries.

If I had not had my knitting during all those hours in critical care waiting rooms I would have gone barking mad. I also use that time to assemble machine knitted garments.
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mrmusic
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USA
11 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2010 :  7:47:54 PM  Show Profile Send mrmusic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Have not always done it in public, but now I have graduated to doing it in knitter friendly groups in Knit Shops and at friends houses who don't mind at all since it may turn out to be a gift for them. One of these days I would like to just pull out the old needles and yarn as I have a Starbucks at the Mall or even in the Apple Store while I am waiting for a Genius Bar appointment. Now that is going to take some real nerves (B....) if you get my drift.
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Portia1010
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USA
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Posted - 02/26/2010 :  6:40:47 PM  Show Profile Send Portia1010 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am a senior in high school and I KIP in my classes when I am done with my work. One day a really tough guy who I don't really talk to swaggered up to my desk and just stared at my stitching for a while, until he said "That stuff's hard. My mom spent a month trying to knit me socks. It's cool that you can do it." And then he walked away.
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chiral
Warming Up

Australia
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Posted - 02/28/2010 :  04:35:59 AM  Show Profile Send chiral a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here in Australia guys knitting in public is a good way to be bashed.

I have been threatened several times when people found out I knit (at home) so it's not something I want to do in public.

Steve
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chiral1/
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