Published on March 29th, 2015 | by Angie


5 Reactions you get when you say you’re a knitter…

Telling people you’re a knitter is like telling them you’re an astronaut – they immediately have some pretty extreme reactions!

5 reactions you get when you say you're a knitter - LoveKnitting blog

1. ”Whoa, you’re a knitter? Make me a sweater!”

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Haven’t these people heard of the sweater curse? Knitwear curses are not to be trifled with, my friends – knit yourself a closet full of sweaters before you make one for someone else. Be safe. (Not to mention the huge amount of time and effort it takes to make a sweater – chances are deserving parties will already love and respect your knitting persona.)

2. ”Isn’t knitting for old ladies?”

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Yes, knitting is for old ladies. It’s also for young women, little kids, men, and the occasional curious cat. The art of knitting can be enjoyed by any gender of any age – no rocking chair required (but it is optional – those chairs are comfy).

3. ”Will you teach me how to knit?”

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Most knitters love to spread the joy of yarncraft. Here at LoveKnitting, there’s always someone learning entrelac, teaching the backwards loop cast on, or exploring the wonders of cabling with a colleague. Knitting is an art as old as time, and we love to share our love for it! Plus, if you teach someone to knit, you’ll have a friend to craft with!

4. ”I could never do that.”

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Knitting doesn’t come easily to everyone, but unless they have a physical disability, they can knit! It just takes time and patience, as we well know.

5. ”Why don’t you just buy a sweater?”

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Maybe because we like to knit? Maybe we have bodies that require special tailoring to get a proper fit, or maybe we like the shades of the yarn more than what’s on the rack in a store. Or maybe we like the satisfaction of wearing something we made ourselves!

How about you, readers? What’s the most ridiculous reaction you’ve ever gotten from a non-knitter?


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167 Responses to 5 Reactions you get when you say you’re a knitter…

  1. Belinda Davies says:

    I get “you don’t look like a knitter” What are we supposed to look like?
    And then it’s “will you make me a ………?

    Best comment ever tho …….was on a train from London to Leeds for a work thing and was knitting – well it’s 2 hours to fill! Had my ipod plugged in and was rocking away while knitting. When we arrived that the destination, this elderly couple (in their 80s at a guess) nodded to me and said it was lovely to see young people doing traditional craft. I said i loved it, learnt when I was little etc and after they got off, laughed out loud as I’m 48!

    • Anne Adkins says:

      LOL about the elderly couple and your age…well you’re young to them relatively speaking! 🙂 I too learned to knit when I was 6…and still do lots when I can find the time…mostly on ferries or while watching television.

    • colormist says:

      Oh! I discovered an answer for this. I knitted a baby gift for my friend who was expecting. Her boyfriend asked a series of very leading questions that described what he expected a knitter to look like.

      I surmised: extremely obese, cat hoarder, single/widow/spinster, senior citizen/elderly.

      I, apparently, broke all his preconceived definitions for what a knitter is. My friend got a good chuckle at answering his questions.

  2. Karen says:

    Yes I get ‘you don’t look like a knitter’, and can you knit me an Aran jumper? They never want one when they realise how much the yarn costs!

  3. Geneva says:

    Are you knitting? What’s the difference between knitting and crochet? So I launch into the answer about one or more needles, the shape of the needles and how you can knit on a loom.

  4. Rusty says:

    Because I am a guy who knits, I usually get the, Oh, wide eyed, OK. Then I tell them that my wife, daughter, and son can also knit. We are carrying on a legacy started by my great aunt who could quilt, tat, knit, crochet, plastic canvas, and cross stitch.

  5. Knittermam says:

    I usually am asked oh , I couldn’t concentrate for that long and from others, we will be ok. For baby stuff now then.

  6. feline rhiannon says:

    a knitting friend of mine recovered this comment. “I’m not co-ordained enough to knit”.
    my friend then asked the person what she did for work and received this reply.
    “I’m a neuro-surgeon.”

  7. Sharon says:

    “Oh look Honey, she’s crocheting” . . . . I was knitting a sock on two circs at the time, had already turned the heel & was approaching the toe shaping.

  8. Alexis says:


    I always get the “knit me a beanie” “knit me something cool” “knit me a jumper”

    People on public transport alway get hypnotised watching me knit because I always have it with me, I tend to whip it out whenever possible.
    People are really intrigued that younger (I’m 25) people knit and not just grannies I like it to keep my hands busy when I am not doing anything else!


  9. Emma says:

    “Will you teach a workshop for free?” (usually involving some long journey as well…)

    Yeah, sure – we all like to work for free don’t we?


  10. Nellie says:

    I knit holding the wool in my left hand and was once asked why I was “knitting backwards” ..

  11. Sharon says:

    Once on a cruise, my sister and I were knitting while waiting for a shore excursion to start. A man actually commented, “how stupid, bringing knitting on vacation”. We refrained from pointing out that at least we weren’t so bored that we were insulting total strangers.

  12. Sara Kennedy says:

    In Design school, I often got “you must be a Fashion major!” Um, no. Not every knitter you see is inspired by fashion hence their knitting.

    I would have never made it through Design school without my knitting. Greatest release for me was just a few rows between huge, overwhelmingly long projects.

  13. Ruth says:

    I had a very good friend of mine see me knitting in the car. He walks up to me and says the traditional, ‘oh, I didn’t know you could knit.’
    ‘Yes, I taught myself several years ago.’ I reply

    Looking at me still in a puzzled way he say, ‘I just didn’t see you as being patient enough to learn something like that.’
    ‘It’s what taught me to have patience.’

  14. lauren says:

    I have people that say ‘knit me ___”. They have no idea how long it takes, and think that yarn is really cheap. I made hats and tried to sell them for 20-25$ and people here thought they were really expensive. But the yarn wasn’t cheap yarn- at about 8-10$ a hank, and it took me between 3-6 hours. But they also say ‘oh, i could never do that’. But hey- it’s not rocket science!

  15. Kirsten says:

    The best: “Do you think you’re saving all that much money by making it yourself?” I just laughed and laughed.

  16. Jamie Cohoon says:

    the response i most often get…’why?’ Just makes me scratch my head! Lol

  17. Diana says:

    “you must really be bored…are you that bored?”….oh brother!

  18. carol says:

    You are not going to do that here and now?

  19. carol says:

    …the worst was if you knit,you must be sexually frustrated?

  20. Katie B says:

    “You must save SO MUCH MONEY making things yourself!” No… These will be $40 socks. And you spent…what, $1 at Walmart on yours? Well, mine are prettier and they fit.

    • Margaret S says:

      Even when I tell someone my current project is the most expensive, biggest knitting piece I have ever made and its for me. They say can you make me one? And I say that will be $1000 and they are like what? I was like the yarn costs $300 and its going to take me a ton of hours to knit it.

      • Bagelwoman says:

        Yes! I was working on some socks in public and this guy asked me how much to make him some. I told him “$300”. lol

      • priscilla says:

        Long ago i designed and knit a beautiful black & blue checkered sweater for my then boyfriend (not husband). A lady at his work kept asking him to have me make one for her. I kept telling her no. It was a lot of work, a lot of hours! But she kept bugging, so i told him to tell her, ok, $200. She stopped asking after that.

        The thing is, when I choose to make something for someone, it’s because I want to do it. That is way different than someone thinking that i want to spend the time and effort on something just to please them. I don’t see them offering me something of equal value, know what i mean? I try to be fair, if someone i actually like asks me, I will give them a reasonable price – and way less than my time and effort is worth. But don’t assume that I like you THAT MUCH. I am not asking you to take your relaxing hobby and dedicate it to something for me, am I?

  21. ginger says:

    My old office manager said, “You mean knitting, like, with sticks?” As she made a stink-bug face. She left the company, luckily. Our new office manager is also a knitter, yeah! Knitters rule!

  22. Caroline says:

    “I just saw the very same socks at Walmart for $2.00. ” I said no, she hadn”t; these socks are made with love. So there!

  23. ILONA says:

    they asked me ever isn’t it worth ??? , or can you do it for me ??
    how did it work , ?? how much money you are saving and so on
    they did not understand nothing , really nothing – it’s so nice
    to say that’s done by my own (the only who appreciate is my 22 year old son , and
    his friends are all gealous about his nice sweaters and cardigans

  24. Leslie Ruth (Sarah) Webber says:

    “Wow, you don’t have to pay to buy a sweater/sox/hat.”
    I have to pay for the yarn – duh! And it’s usually a lot more than buying the thing ready made!

    Oh, you’re knitting a sweater for your grandchild? So you don’t have to buy them any clothes.”
    Like my grandchildren wear nothing but knitted sweaters – all year round!

    “That looks so boring.”
    Said by someone who was tapping her fingers on the table while waiting at the Dentists office.

  25. Sue knits says:

    Wow! You should knit a pair for everyone on stage to wear some Sunday.

  26. Traci says:

    Can you knit me this hooded cowl for $20?! That won’t even cover the cost of the yarn!

  27. Pamela says:

    i always get told “but you’re not a grandma!!” and I always respond with “how do you think grandmas got started? Lol. I crochet too and get the same stupidity. People are funny.

  28. Blake says:

    I always get, “Wow. You must have a lot of time on your hands” and even “Thats a waste of time” (when they saw my giant yarn bomb bicycle) Um, Thanks?

  29. Bethany says:

    i love it when I’m told by someone who knows nothing about knitting or crochet and be told that I’m crocheting! I say no I’m knitting and then they says grandmother use to do that and it’s crochet. I say no it’s knitting. Crochet you use one hook and in knitting you use two needles. I’ve had a lady on a cruise tell me I’m knitting wrong and took my knitting out of hands. My mouth dropped open, thanks goodness she just wanted to show me how she held her needles. When she left I held you needles like I always had before and continued on. Lol

    • Pam says:

      I have never had someone tell me I was holding my hook wrong (and there are two camps for hook holding). How rude! If you get the stitches made, then it can’t be wrong.

  30. Kimberly says:

    I have gotten you are not old enough to be knitting. That was from someone asking what I like to do.

    I have gotten can you make me something. Sure but you have to pay for the yarn you want and for how many hours go into it. That’s usually when I hear forget it

    Even when they find I crochet they are surprised by the fact that I’m in my 20’s and have the patience to do it.

    I mostly crochet because I’m still learning how to do the basics in knitting. I do it because it helps relax my mind after having a hectic day.

  31. Lara says:

    “You’re so hardworking” which is not the case. We just love knitting and its not ‘work’.

  32. Matilda Jones says:

    I was knitting in a train station waiting room recently as I had a long stop over. A little girl came up to me and asked what I was knitting. I told her it was a sweater to go to an orphanage in Africa. She asked what orphans were so I said ‘poor children who don’t have a mummy or a daddy to care for them’. She pondered this for a moment and asked ‘So how did they get made into babies then if they didn’t have a mummy or a daddy?’

  33. Tonya says:

    What’s that SUPPOSED to be?

    It isn’t SUPPOSED to be anything, it IS socks or a sweater or whatever….

  34. Laura says:

    i knit on my train commute and I’ve had different people ask me if I know the other person knitting on the train…two cars back. Because we all must know each other – LOL!

  35. Pam says:

    I get the “how do you have the patience to do that” or the statement that they “wouldn’t have the patience” all the time. Especially when they catch me mid-rip due to a mistake a few rows back (one reason I prefer crochet!) Even my husband has voiced the patience statement … though he will spend hours on his video editing hobby! I don’t understand why it requires patience … maybe perseverance … but not patience. It’s not like we’re sitting there waiting ‘patiently’ for the project to complete itself!

  36. Eric says:

    “I don’t have the patience to knit.” My response? I don’t have the patience not to. I would go berserk at all the times I have to wait for something.

  37. Rebecca says:

    “You’re so talented!” Well, actually, once you know the basic stitches, it’s not any more difficult than following a recipe. You do whatever stitch comes next. If you don’t know the stitch, there are sixteen tutorials waiting for you on YouTube. It’s not rocket science.

  38. Teresa N says:

    I love it when kids ask me what I’m doing. One boy at church told me that I was sewing with sticks. So, I had him stand between my arms and I helped him make a few stitches.

  39. Donna John says:

    I am usually made fun of for knitting. I just tell them that I will be better off during apocalypse than will because knitting is a post – apocalyptic skill! Teach the young for the future!

  40. Alessia says:

    Oh, great! thisi is my proposal: I buy the yarn, you make me a sweater!

  41. I get I have been wanting to learn but I just don’t have the time. you are so talented I would never be able to learn that.

  42. Misha says:

    I have a physical disability but that hasn’t stopped me from knitting or crocheting!!! Just saying…..

  43. marthe brault-hunt says:

    If I bring you steel wool. will ypu knit me a stove?

  44. Cora says:

    I was working on one of Rebecca Danger’s monster toys (check her out, just google her name) for a friend. I knit the first one using DPNs was asked several times “how do you knit with all those sticks?” I said, “easy, your only work with 2 needles at a time”. Response…”oh, I couldn’t do that to many needles.” Face palm…SMH.

    So I finally learned magic loop, same questions. Response…”couldn’t do it with all those loops.

    Ugh…feeling sorry for humanity!

  45. Denise says:

    I don’t really get to bring the subject up much, honestly, but when someone sees me and actually ask, I usually just get, “Oh. Neat.” and they move on to another subject.

    I get no amusing stories. Lol

  46. Marta says:

    I was asked, while modeling a just finished sweater, if I could have just purchased it at Nordstroms. I gasped and said “not this sweater”.

  47. Edwina Thomas says:

    “You should sell your stuff. You could make a fortune”.

  48. Amanda says:

    Them: “Oh really? I’m a knitter too!” Me: “What do you like to make?” Them: “Oh, I’ve only made scarves.” Me in my head: “I bake sometimes. Does that make me a pastry chef?”

    Them: “My grandma taught me how to crochet! Isn’t that like the same thing?” Me: “GET BACK, YOU HEATHEN!”

    • Maggie says:

      It doesn’t make you a pastry chef, it makes you a baker. And knitting scarves does, indeed, make you a knitter.

      • vanessa says:

        Yes!!! I don’t knit but I do crochet – I’ve never claimed that they are ‘the same thing’ but I don’t think I would ever make someone feel unworthy for thinking that. In fact I would say they are similar but it’s great that you’re doing yarncraft full stop!! Sounds like Amanda is a bit of a knitting snob…

        • Patricia Seaton says:

          Absolutely! I’m a crocheter and I cannot believe some people’s attitudes.

          • Cheri says:

            I’ve been crocheting for a while and I have recently leaned to knit. Not all knitters are snobs but definitely some are.

      • Kathey says:

        Yes indeed!

    • Cynthia Nolder says:

      Actually, I do both, & am not ashamed-they both have their merits! I can crochet up a cute hat in no time flat Knitting makes better looking mittens, though

  49. Carol Y says:

    “You could sell these” or “You should sell this!” Yeah, no thanks.

  50. Caz Mumin says:

    I’m a tattooed, pierced goth/metaller. I get a lot of double takes when I get on the night bus and get my knitting out!

  51. Dee says:

    i ride motorcycles and I knit. I’m a grandma who races sports cars, and I knit. Why do so many people want to put me in a box? I’m interested in and do many things, I’m way outside the box!

  52. cecelia says:

    “Oh…I don’t have time for that!”..basically saying I have all the time in the world to waste

    • Cajsa says:

      I usually reply that I can´t sit still if I don´t get to knit. That I can´t watch telly without knitting. Then they usually feel inproductive instead 😉

  53. Kati says:

    The really bad German saying:
    One knit, one purled and one lost. (Grinning dumb)

    After hearing this stupidity again and again I started giving those people a little lecture about knitting and maths:
    “If you have [xx] stitches and following your pattern of [one knit, one purled and one lost] – with how many stitches you will knit in the end?”
    Actually these people shut their mouth unable to get to the only logic answer of two stitches

  54. Melanie F says:

    Can you make us ugly Christmas Sweaters and we will pay $30.00 each for sweaters? Our knitting, “We don’t knit ugly! Thank you.”

  55. shelly says:

    Is that 1 needle or 2 ????

  56. Molly says:

    my favorite is when I am knitting on a plane (i travel a lot for work) and someone asks me what I am doing, and say I am knitting xyz the response is sometimes “is that the same as crochet?”

  57. Glen Skinner says:

    I have had ppl say ” ohh arent you clever And you taught yourself did you??”

  58. marsha salcedo says:

    My sister’s orthopedic surgeon said,” You’re knitting!? I could never do that. It’s too complicated.”

  59. Jean Younger says:

    You know you can buy 6 pairs of socks for 6 dollars! But not in these wonderful colors and they don’t feel as nice.

  60. Jennifer says:

    I own a pop-up yarn shop. I like to set up at fiber expos and events since it’s always a great crowd. When I set up at other festivals, I usually get “Not a lot of young people do that” or “Isn’t that dying out?” from men as I’m observed knitting. The women mostly say “I could never do that” or “I just spent $100 at Joanne’s/Michael’s/Pat Catan’s and don’t need anymore yarn”. Yep…nice thing to say to a yarn shop owner. The best one though – two women came up and took a hold a skein of yarn. “Does this do something?” one of them asked. “It’s yarn. You knit or crochet with it”, I replied. “Oh,” she said. “We thought it did something.”

  61. Marie says:

    A very sweet masseuse asked me if I would make a massage table blanket for her like the Noro k1p1 scarf I was wearing. Faint. I could barely get the k1p1 scarf done. It was worth it but kinda boring. Out of Noro, no less.

  62. Louise says:

    Most people say, “really?” With that weird face. (You all know which one I mean.) some will ask if my sister knits too, and I reply, “no, she crochets; she’s a hooker.” Believe me, that’ll shut them up!

  63. Teresa Taylor says:

    My coworkers (all male) tease me that I could just go to Walmart and buy socks. They tease me that I’m making “banana hammocks,” to which I respond, “it’s washable merino, you’ll thank me during the next blizzard.” But they are all impressed that I can take “two sticks” and turn a “bunch of string” into something to wear. I don’t guess anyone will be turning down any hand knitted hats, gloves or scarves.

  64. Kendra says:

    The most obnoxious/often response is “you should sell your stuff on etsy”. And when I tell them I knit to relax and I don’t like feeling pressured to finish in a time limit the response is “well you should still do it”. Ummm No.

    • Karen Simpson says:

      Yep, I’m always being told I should turn it into a business, they just don’t get that that would take away the enjoyment for me. Besides, there’s no money in the world that can beat the smile on the face of an autistic child when I give them a knitted toy based on their obsession (which is what I prefer to knit)

    • Vicky says:

      I always say I would need to charge about $1500 for a jumper…and ask them to be the first order with an upfront deposit.

  65. June says:

    I do both and am in the middle of sorting out H & S issues so I can show school children how to do this .. passing on more skills and knowledge xx

  66. Jackie jones says:

    most people say why? My reply because I can !!! However i do have some great friends who knit and its a great excuse to get together and exchange ideas and patterns

  67. Alema says:

    Loooool I am a hooker too, what a great answer hahahhhaaaa …. But I do both, knitting and crocheting. And also here in Bosnia getting all of mentioned faces and answers m

  68. bronnie says:

    I have gotten ‘what with those pointy sticks and wool?’

  69. Kris says:

    Oh! I have all this dog hair I’ve been saving (in plastic grocery bags). Make me a sweater from Poochie’s fur? I’ll even pay you $30…..
    I was good. I didn’t scream and run away, just said I already had several deadlines, sorry…..

  70. Mr. Fox says:

    One is missing: are you gay? / most people sadly think, knitting is a girls thing.

    • Connor says:

      Happily I am gay so I don’t get that one that often. I kindly remind them that back in the old days men would knit waistcoats with needles as thin as wires.

  71. I love it when I wear something very intricately made and my friends respond, oh I know you knit. But, I didn’t realize you could KNIT!!! Like it’s a miracle that I can make it. I also love the, “so how much will it cost me for you to make me a hat?” Hahahaha

  72. Erin says:

    Mostly I get, “Knit, crochet – what’s the difference?” Um for me 2.5x the materials and .3x the time.

    Or by far the “funniest” people are those who start saying random numbers while I’m counting >_<

  73. Caroline B says:

    “Ugh, knitting is so boooring!” Then I tell them about the props I made for Nudinits knitted animation, such as a car, a plane, an aquarium and phallic topiary and they rapidly change their minds. It’s never boring!

  74. Nancy says:

    I knit, crochet, nalbind, spin, weave, the lot so…. thankfully always been in the company of like-minded creative people, so nothing too strange…. however, when at a Christmas Market last year, to which I always bring my spinning wheel, I admit I nearly fell of my chair to have 4 (yes, FOUR) individual people over 2 days ask me why I was turning that yarn into fluff! I mean, come on now folks, have ye never heard Sleeping Beauty or Rumpelstiltskin as kids? The fluff becomes yarn, not the other way round! 😀

  75. Leanne says:

    I’m a crocheter and people who
    Know always say similar things, most annoying
    One for me is they’ll say oh you knit don’t you can you knot me this (links pattern) no I crochet, response
    Usually being ‘oh what’s that? Isn’t that knitting? You can make this though right?’ NO I CANT ITS A DIFFERENT SKILL lol

  76. jul i e says:

    I was knitting while waiting for my car to be serviced. One of the employees, female said I haven’t reached that stage in life yet. I just gave her a stare, and she walked away. Once again, knitting is for old people, lol

  77. Kalli says:

    “It’s so lovely to see a young person knitting!!!” and “How do you knit in the dark?”

  78. Rosy says:

    I’m 20, and I’m ALWAYS knitting. I’ve managed to spread it to my friends who are about my age too. I get some odd looks, but mostly I get some of the older generations coming over and telling me that seeing me knit is marvellous because they thought it had died out!

  79. Susan Berger says:

    I’ve been knitting since I was 10..I’m a senior now. Most people think its “cool” to be able to knit but the best response seeing a sweater I made…”Did you do that all by yourself?”

  80. Erica says:

    taught myself to knit 5 mths ago, my husband calls me a Bubba, my friends call me a granny, lol i just turned 34, and i took my knitting to a drs appt, pulled it out of my purse and little girl looks at her mom and said what is she doing, little old lady sat beside me for nostalgic reasons her poor hands, it felt good not to stare at a screen on a phone like everyone else in the room

  81. Barbara Davies says:

    my mother taught me to knit when I was very young. I’m now well into my 60’s, I’ve got arthritic hands, but knitting helps them from getting too stiff. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have knitting to do. At the moment, I’m using up all my spare yarn knitting squares for a second throw, I’ve already completed one.

  82. janet says:

    Over the last 6 months, in between other knitting projects, I have been knitting socks from beautiful yarn. I have kept dome myself but have sectetly posted others through doors of friends with a label saying “happy sock day!” It’s nice to spread the love. Apart from one, they have all guessed the knitter.

  83. BG Goodwon says:

    Let’s not forget the “Oh, Mme DuFarge!” response. I do take my knitting everywhere, so if there were a guillotine in town I’d certainly distract myself from the spectacle with something constructive.

    This leads to the binary nature of knitting. I hope someday to develop a presentable yarn version of the old IBM punch card, free of hanging chads.

  84. Federica says:

    the usual comment I get is “you knit? Lucky you, you have a lot of time for yourself/to waste!” -.-‘

  85. Thelma Renton says:

    I was certainly a victim of a sweater curse. Many many years ago when I was in my late teens every time I knitted a sweater for a boyfriend the relationship came to an end shortly afterwards!

  86. Alice says:

    I LOVE to knit and have for years! I guess that makes me an old lady, but here’s news — knitting keeps you young! It’s SO much better than tinkering with a smartphone all day long. At the end of the day, what have you got to show for that?!

  87. Christine says:

    I learned to knit before I started school and have been knitting ever since, Over the years I have made various items for my two children, and grandchildren . And I now knit for my two Toy Poodles. If I get any derogatory comments like its for old people, I just think they are jealous because they’re not up to it

  88. From a colleague, whilst I was knitting some intricate fairisle, “I like that embroidery you’re working on.”

  89. Oh, I’ve just thought of another one. Not exactly something people say, more something that they do. Once friends know you’re a knitter, they will forevermore post every weirdo knitting-related thing they come across to your Facebook timeline. Much as I love my friends, I kinda wish they wouldn’t do this…

  90. Janette says:

    I love to knit so much i have started my own knitting business…Lynos knits look me up on facebook or

  91. Linda says:

    I have been knitting since I was very small – my mother taught me to knit and in those days you were also taught in school as well as sewing. It is such a shame it is not still taught here in UK primary schools. I am in my early 70’s and knit and crochet for family and friends. Knitting is very relaxing and I knit all the time – in waiting rooms, on buses, trains, airplanes!!! I have also taught my daughter in law to knit who is in her 20’s and she loves it as much as me. My mother still knits too and she is 95!!

    • miri says:

      I learnt when I was 6, which is 60 years ago and I never stopped. Agree with your comment 100%.

  92. EO says:

    What is the backwards loop cast on? I might need to learn this!

  93. Shirley Sloop says:

    I learned to knit in 7 th grade. All my baby gifts are knitted. I make socks and wash clothes for the grands Christmas stockings every year. My oldest who is 12 sent a picture and text asking me if I have any spare time if I could knit this adorable hat she found. Of course I sent picture to my knitter friends. We found that pattern and I knitted it for her.

  94. Janet says:

    People really are amazed when I say that I knit and sew, it is always
    “Really people still do that?” or “Wow you don’t look that old”.
    I am yet to understand people’s reactions but hey I’m having fun, meditating my way and having a gorgeous end product to show for the effort

  95. Barbara Barningham says:

    My grandmother taught me to knit when I was very young and I just love keeping my hands busy. I knitted a sleeveless Aran jumper for my granddaughter (and I must admit it was fabulous). She was shopping and the buyer of a rather exclusive store asked her where she bought it. She was really proud to say that her gran had made it. Unfortunately I didn’t get a commission out of it but it really made my day

  96. Alison Gillies says:

    One of my (male) friends at college was a knitter, and was very proud of his complex Aran sweater (20 minutes a row). He was wearing it for a train journey, and a little old lady was looking at it, eventually asking him where he got his jumper. He told her he’d knitted it, to which she drew herself up to her full five foot nothing and stormed, “Well, I might at least have expected a sensible answer!” She then got up and stomped off to the other end of the carriage. A little while later, my friend got his knitting out, and he could see the lady peering round the end of the seats watching him!

  97. Rachel says:

    I learned to knit when I was 6 years old, and still do as much as I can when I have the time. 33 years on and I have found those skills to be invaluable. I also used to do needlework classes at school but was already a proficient knitter by then and we all had the opportunity to showcase our work in a fashion show for the rest of the school and parents. Now my sons both make attempts when they can tear themselves away from computer games. The most common response I get when people find out I knit is “you don’t look like a knitter!” (What does a knitter look like?) Thankfully this craft has made a huge revival and is popular across all generations.

  98. Mandy Trotter says:

    I was taught to knit at school,aged 7.We had to knit a hat,which I hated,took me 2 years! I didn’t pick up knitting needles again till pregnant with my daughter,aged 25-however,30 years later I am still going strong! It helps having a grand daughter to knit for,and she has 2 cousins whose grandmothers don’t knit,so I step into the breach-well,someone has to! Knitting keeps me sane,and am preparing to teach a colleague,and my 8 year old granddaughter how to knit-bring on the dropped stitches …..

  99. Barbara says:

    My sister taught me how to knit 51 years ago when I was 8 years old. I’ve been either knitting, crocheting, sewing or embroidering ever since. The most pleasurable part for me is the journey to the finished product. I feel a slight disappointment when something is finished – the fun is over! Till the next project starts, that is. Anyone else feel this way?

    • Jan Goodall says:

      Hello Barbara

      I know the feeling you mean when a project is finished. I feel as if my hands aren’t my own. My Dad taught me to knit when I was about 11 . I’m nearly 65. I love doing Arans

  100. Vera De Pape says:

    i started knitting when i was 7 and i never stopped…it looks more like an addiction and always have several projects going. The most response i’m getting is “did you make this yourself”?

  101. Jane Leadmon says:

    I am 67 years young this year..Learn to knit when I was 8 years old in England..My mother was born in London andI went to school in England for 3 years because my American Father was stationed in England..I am defineitly a very Hyper Person but you place the Needles in my hands it is like Therapy..Love It.. My only concern is I will not finish all my projects all my projects before my time is up??? Do not know when that will be so continue to knit everyday..LOVE IT.. It is so special to knit and be the only one with the Garment…

  102. Lisa says:

    i laugh when people say that my knitting or spinning are dying arts. I tell them they wouldn’t say that if they’ve ever been to a Stitches!

    • louise says:

      Im ‘bistitchual’ (a crocheter and knitter) and i have had that said to me too! My response was that theres a wonderful community out there of millions of yarnies! It’s probably never been more popular!

  103. Sally says:

    Hi I learnt to crochet when I was about 10 over fifty years ago but learnt to knit last year when one of my friends was kind enough to show me, now I do both making jumpers etc for my grand children. I love it, so nice to make something different and special for them.

  104. Audrey gibbons says:

    i learnt to knit at school I must have been 7or 8 yrs old . We all had to knit a dishcloth I loved it and have been knitting on and off ever since. My only regret is I never learnt to crochet and my gran would have shown me but alas she is long gone. That’s my nxt project to teach myself crochet.

  105. Kay says:

    i help at a local primary school. Last term I spent time with each child (30 of them) showing them how to knit. They all loved it. The tiny piece of knitting they completed was made into a necklace and I knitted then all a frienship bracelet to reward their efforts. They still talk about it and treasure their little bit of knitting!

  106. Cindy says:

    I’m not quite as polite when asked if I’d knit a sweater when they find out I knit. My answer usually is: the yarn costs about $100, depending on the type you want, I charge $100 per sweater, and I have about 25 ahead of you, which means I might complete it in 3 years, however I need the payment right now to put you on my list.

    • Linda says:

      Me too Cindy! Just be careful though. I had one extremely complex Aran I’d done and exhibited in our local Country Woman’s Show. Some one offered to buy it. I flippantly said $800 and it’s yours assuming no one would pay that. Yes they did.
      I also have Fishermans Ganseys I’ve knitted. Never won a show with them as no one ever believes they are hand knitted.

  107. Gemma Mills says:

    I’m 27 and a secondary school teacher. My students are generally befuddled when they discover I knit and ramp up their estimate of my age to about 40 (which in teenager terms Is ancient). However, I love their amazement when they see a piece I’ve finished (the socks blew their minds) and end up gaining a newfound respect from them! In a world where some children genuinely don’t know the difference between a lion and a tiger, or thay chickens lay the eggs they buy from ASDA, but Phones are now Computers, discovering crafts can be an enlightening experience for them.

  108. Elisa Budde says:

    Yes I often get asked “Can you knit me a sweater, Aran style” LOL or ” Can you knit me a blanket Aran style.” Okay you and I know what that means, the other people just do not get it after they show me a picture and say I can get the yarn at Walmart. Nope go look at the yarn store then a drop a name. Funny how they come back with “Oh my gosh, it would cost too much money and time.” Then I smile and laugh and laugh.

  109. Samantha Hayman says:

    Whenever anyone says “I could never do that”, (something I’m more likely to hear when I’m knitting in the round). I usually reply that for hundreds of years knitting socks was considered child labour, of course you can do it!

  110. janiece says:

    Ooo! What are you knitting? Will you make me one?!

  111. sharon says:

    reaction from friends when they find out i knit is gosh you must have a lot of patience to do that i wouldn’t have the patience .we live in a world its too easy to just buy it of the peg without effort but there is nothing unique about it.

  112. Rusti says:

    I take my knitting everywhere especially the doctors office since the wait is usally long and it never fails someone will ask me about what I’m working on -it’s usally socks -and it never fails someone will say something like “You could make a lot of money selling your knitting” Really….and how many do you know who would wait about a month for a pair of socks that cost them right at $80 to $100? That’s one reason among many why I don’t sell my knitting .

  113. Ann Hemsley says:

    I get told a lot that I am so clever and talented and they could never do that. I usually say if my daughters who are 14, 11 and 9 can do it with a little bit of practice so can they

  114. When I worked in an Estate Agents we went through a slow period and my boss said that I could knit at work as long as I put it away when anyone came in the office. I knitted sweaters for myself, my dad and my boyfriend – now my husband. It’s not about the cost at all. It is a personal thing. You are giving part of yourself when you knit something for someone.

    When my children came along I made jumpers and cardigans for them but as they got older I stopped knitting except for making squares for blankets. Now I have grandchildren and my daughter has asked me to take up knitting again. It is such a pleasure to be able to hand over a little cardigan and know that it will be loved and cherished. I can make a baby cardigan for about £3 but there is no way that I would want to sell anything I knit. It’s all about the love you put into it.

    My daughter knits as well but only little blankets and I have to do the casting on and off but she is so proud to be able to make something for her little son.

    Excuse me for rambling.


    • Laura says:

      I love this! I have had people tell me I should sell my stuff and people who’ve offered to pay me for things. I refuse. I do get them to pay for the yarn (or just go and buy it themselves), but frankly there are only a few people for whom I’m interested in knitting. Just close friends and family. I know my girlfriends absolutely love the things I’ve given them! And I love making things for them. They know that I loved making it and the work and love that went into it…if somebody get something from me as a gift it means I love them and care about them deeply!

  115. nicola says:

    The comment I usually get is: “but you don’t LOOK like a knitter!”

    What does that even mean??!!

    • Caronne says:

      I’m with you there. .. What are we supposed to look like?
      That Shreddies advert has a lot to answer for!!

  116. Patricia Mc Guire says:

    I have knitted since l was a teenager. When my kids were small l never had time to knit. Now my oldest daughter is 11 l have set up a knitting club in her school which is a girls school. I have 11 girls who chat and giggle through an hours class every week. I only started in February and leave work on time to get there. They love it.

  117. Mamie says:

    I took my knitting to a hospital appointment as they usually entail a long wait. I was using DPNs. I became aware that an elderly man opposite was watching me. When his name was called he came over to me and said, “Thank you very much for the lovely memories”. I said you are welcome and asked him to explain. He said watching me took him back to his childhood and he remembered the happy times he had playing at his mum’s feet while she knitted. She, like me, put her needles in her hair when they were not in use. He said he found that bit the most memory jogging. He said his day had been made much happier and he wasn’t as worried about his visit to the doctor.

    As a p.s. I loathe that dam*ed Shreddies advert!!

  118. Vicki says:

    I think the most unusual comment was from a girlfriend who told me to leave my knitting at home when I visited a boyfriend because it wasn’t “sexy”. Luckily my husband thinks it’s great and even requested head covers for his golf clubs and a cowl for his neck. He also loves to help me pick out yarn. I take my knitting wherever I go and always get interesting reactions. Alot of folks say they don’t have the patience. I tell them it is not about the time it takes to complete a project. It is all about the knitting.

  119. Mia says:

    “Oh you knit? My mom (sister, cousin) crochets.”

    “What is that, crochet?”

    “I could never do that.”

    “Why don’t you just buy a hat (scarf, sweater)?”

  120. Barbara Brackett says:

    When I was 17 I was seriously injured in a car accident and was unable to walk for many months. During those dark days my most treasured memory is, as I was lying in bed in pain, I could the click clack of my mother’s knitting needles as she sat with me day and night. And I knew that everything would be alright. I was determined to learn to knit, and now, at age 76, every time I pick up my knitting I smile and am grateful for life, my complete recovery and above all, my Mom who made an unbearable situation easier, and taught me the joy of knitting.

  121. Jen says:

    My mum’s friend taught me to knit when I was 6 Mum was a tailoress. I remember a dress for my doll being on display at school open evening. when I was 9. My husband was recently diagnosed with cancer and we have spent many hours ‘waiting’ so i always take my knitting or crochet along. It creates an interest especially as we live in a foreign country where the ladies are re known for their lace making and crochet work. The nurses always want to see the finished garments we overcome the language difficulties, and I do sell sometimes, charging what’s appropriate and donate several items a year to Cancer patient support group fêtes and bazaars

  122. Heather Duncan says:

    Someone’s husband once said to me “you need to get a life”! I was humiliated and very hurt, and reflected on my life for awhile. Came to the conclusion that I loved my life, creating things (ie knitting, quilting, sewing etc) gives me a great feeling of accomplishment, keeps my mind exercised, calms me down (K 1, P 1), and I have something to show for time spent on the couch!! PS He died in his 50’s -heart attack.

  123. lilylou says:

    I could never do that! You must be really smart. They are just now noticing my overwhelming intelligence??? I find most people have the attention span of a gnat, and they can’t imagine any activity where you have to count, plan ahead, pick design elements, and stick to the same project for a relatively long period of time. They also don’t have a clue what a sense of accomplishment you get from knitting. It is a creative process and it keeps your mind working. What’s not to like?

  124. Angela Rowlands says:

    I have been knitting the same garment for a couple of weeks now, and every two or three days my husband always says, what are you making now? I don’t think he realises how long it takes, or he thinks I make everything in the same colour!

  125. Anna VanDeWeert says:

    I’ve been knitting since I was 10 or 11 (So about, 5 years now) and my brother is always asking me “can you knit me a bedspread?” and my father is asking “can you knit me a sleeping bag?”. The only ones serious about my hobby are my brother (who’s asking for a scarf, even after I already knit him one) and my mother (who is always complaining that I can’t start something new until I finish what I’ve already started- I call that ADD Knitter’s Disorder)

  126. Laura says:

    I was spending a Saturday evening home knitting. It wasn’t much before Christmas and I had really just learned so I was knitting my girlfriends and family cabled cowls. I had posted that I was knitting on Facebook, and a make friend had written me and told me that I needed to get out and “live”.

    I told him that was Christmas was just days away and I had many gifts to knit, but thanks to him I had one less! (I wasn’t actually going to knit him anything in the first place)!

    I’ve been called nan. I find it offensive, not so much for being called a nan (I don’t even have kids yet – I’m 27), but for being teased for doing something I enjoy, learning about it, teaching myself a lot of the things I do know, and making beautiful things. It irritates me and I’d like to have a response that is both witty and diplomatic, without telling them where I’d shove my knitting needles if I didn’t need them fiend project!! What do you guys respond with?!?!

  127. Ampersand says:

    “Are you sewing?” (I was crocheting.)

    “Is that crochet?” (I was knitting.)

    “Now you really are an old biddy.” (My best friend, when for the first time he saw me knit. I’m in my mid-thirties, by the way.)

    I also get really nice reactions from strangers on the bus or train! There is the “it’s so much fun, isn’t it?” or “looking good!” from other crafters (who may or may not be carrying their own project around) – and my grandmother being over the moon because at least one of her grandchildren has taken up a craft that she used to love. (I haven’t one tenth of her skill though – just patience and enthusiasm…)

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