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« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2006 09:59:54 PM »

Keep crocheting. I think it's awesome when guys crochet. I had my boyfriend over to watch a movie and I was working on a baby blanket for my aunt. Out of nowhere he asked me to teach him how to crochet. My jaw must have hit the floor. Ah, if I didn't love him before...

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« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2006 10:02:21 PM »

If I remember correctly it was men that mostly did the knitting and crocheting in the past before it became a "woman's" craft....Tell her you're bringing back old traditions  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2006 10:04:35 PM »

Check out knit1 magazine. Its all about male knitters and crocheters. Keep doing it, she'll get used to it. Maybe you should start making her friends scarves and hats and then they'll tell her how cool you are!

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« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2006 10:09:49 PM »

That's when you say f*&$ social standards and gender roles. That's awesome that you're a male crocheter since typically it's associated with only women.
I don't really understand what makes it okay for a girl to pick up some power tools but not okay for a guy to pick up some crochet hooks? Haha, just like how it's really not cool if a guy went around in women's panties but perfectly fine for women to wear men's boxers. What exactly is so wrong with it? Our society makes silly contradictions.

She shouldn't be all that concerned about what other people think about it, either. Chances are people don't really give a flying crap anyway and if they do they'll have to get over it.
Great job on gender eradication!

(And I hate the "old lady" comments as well. I see I'm not alone with that. I have a friend who calls me an old lady all the time because I like to crochet and sew... all in good humour, though... i think.)

Anyway, don't stop crocheting. Make her see the light. If she doesn't crochet already maybe you could teach her!!
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2006 01:47:01 AM »

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« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2006 03:15:11 AM »

Keep on crocheting!! Down with gender stereotypes and limitations. If that's what you want to do, then do it. 

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« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2006 04:57:05 AM »

Listener15 is right...  it was early sailors who knit and crocheted.  They needed to make and repair their own nets and other needs.  And I think the tradition goes back a couple thousand years.

You've got tradition on your side.

Oh, and if your wife doesn't want your awesome creations, I think there's several of us on here who would love to receive your crafty things Smiley

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« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2006 05:40:06 AM »

I think i can speak among most fiber artists who wish there partner could stich. I have dreams of me and my baby spending a night talking about cables and debating the attributes of differend yarns. keep it up

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« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2006 07:57:58 AM »

Of course you should keep it up!

I remember when I was growing up there was a man my parents were friends with who knitted.  In the last few years I have done crochet exchanges with a man and wow! can he crochet.  He tackled things I wouldn't dream of.  I also know of an older man who does needle point and a man who does decorative told painting.

Handwork is definitely not just for women!  I do wood work and have never heard anyone complain because I use men's tools - other than when I am using the saw my husband wants for his project  Grin
« Reply #19 on: January 21, 2006 08:06:01 AM »

Anybody who creates anything in any method is cool and deserves society's respect and gratitude for preserving traditions and advancing techniques, and for contributing to the beauty of the world.  For this new generation of Craftsters, crafting is also a social statement--a way of rejecting the mass-marketed sweat-shop-made super-sized Walmartified products of our era in favor of the unique, the original.  We put an inestimable value on those items we craft ourselves.  They, unlike anything else available to the masses, are *not* disposable.  And how great is it that we have the skills to achieve this?  It is empowering.  And there's no reason at all that this should be the purview of one gender or the other.  I've never had anyone think crocheting is "old ladies work."  Rather, most people, when learning about my hobbies, say something like, "Oh, I used to know how to do that!  Will you teach me again?" or "I always wished I'd learned that when I had the chance." or they have such fond memories of past generations in their families making beautiful or charming things.  Yes, even the guys. 

Your wife should value and cherish you and your work.  I can't imagine discouraging anything creative another person does.  There are far, far too many people who are fully content to while their spare hours away watching reality TV or reading the worst kind of popular magazine, or some similar kind of nothing. 

(On the other hand, if it were me I'd be really glad for an excuse to hit the jigsaw, too.....which is a fine example of the double standard, because whenever folks see the furniture I've built, they say, 'Wow, that's really awesome!' and guys especially find it really intriguing.  All I can say is that I'm sorry for your gender that so many things are closed off to you, where they are open to us.  That said, of course, it was precisely the opposite for, well, several hundred years, so......we feel ya!  And we'll try really hard to be saying 'neener neener! in our secret heart of hearts.   Wink)

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