Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Manly Hobby #44


Knitting? Knitting?! The thing that your grandma adores and your great aunt uses to make you a scarf for Christmas? Yes, knitting. Far from the sissy activity that many think it to be, men invented knitting, and it’s time we reclaim our place in its history. Men were the first professional knitters, plying their trade in Europe during the 16th century. And sailors were the other original knitters. They would make fishing nets and sweaters to keep them warm.  These days, knitting for men is making a comeback; it’s both useful and relaxing. My good friend Cameron learned to knit while on a mission in Bolivia ,and he was the only man in the knitting club at law school. And his manliness is unassailable. Be sure to watch this video about knitting and men and join your knitting brothers at Men Who Knit.
I like a blog that's not afraid to take one on the chin in pursuit of true manliness. Check out the other hobbies in The Art of Manliness's 45 Manly Hobbies.


  1. Men often learn to knit after having a heart attack, as knitting is proven to reduce blood pressure.

  2. Sailors also did macrame and "fancy work" involving tying knots in patterns. Football great Rosy Grier took up needlepoint as a hobby b/c he was bored during the long flights & hotel stays during the season. He actually published a book of patterns.

    If nothing else, these "hand arts" keep them from snacking in front of the T.V.! :)

  3. The first thing Tom said when this was brought up was, "If Rosy Grier could do it, then so can any guy and be manly." :-D

  4. And his manliness is unassailable.

    Ha! I like that.