This seemed an appropriate title 🙂
I remember when I was growing up and learning to stich that first little X, and to crochet that first little row of single crochet (which has pretty much been left behind for needlework), absorbing the idea that such things were for girls/women only – that this wasn’t a masculine activity. I remember wondering about this, but at that age you don’t question such things very much.
I have known for some years now that there are men who do enjoy all of the fiber arts, and indeed have learned that in some cultures weaving and embroidery were once seen as strictly masculine activities and women weren’t allowed to even touch their working materials.
I am not sure why this was considered newsworthy, but on the local news this morning there was a report that men are apparently taking up knitting – and that in several stores they polled, men make up 1/5 of the customers and they even spoke of a website for men who knit.
I am not a knitter myself, but I do know there are men who are on all of my embroidery and needlepoint mailing lists – and they do beautiful work. It is good to see our brothers stepping up to the fiber bar, so to speak 🙂