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Someone posted about husbands and what they think about knitting. I can't find that post, but here is my opinion:
My husband encourages my knitting. He goes shopping with me (he sits in the truck and reads quite happily) until I have finished my expedition .
I met a woman who stopped knitting because he didn't like the clicking of the needles. Poor woman, I would have told him to get lost.
Some husband thought knitting was old women's work. Have you seen the new books in the stores and libraries lately. It's the in thing for the younger generation. They make funky things in bright colours. Books are made for little children to learn to knit.
By the way the first knitters were men. They were members of Guilds, and in medieval times to become a Master Knitter they had to make a certain number of things, including knitting a carpet. I wish I was as good as that. Women didn't start knitting til much later. It was a man who invented the knitting machine for socks. I have forgotten my history, but Wikepedia will have all the info.
A lot of men think they own women as chattel. Not any more. Since Emmeline Pankhurst went to prison and many of her friends too, and were force fed, for bringing about women's emancipation. These women were not poor, in money or spirit. Thank God for them. So women all, rise up and stand tall and remember you are a person with full rights. Do not knuckle under to any patronizing man. The Hopi and other aboriginals had Matriarchal leaders. Wow! are they wise? Everybody wins.
Go knit in public, in private, on the bus and train and in the car. I stop during Sermons in church. Knitting during the service is something I will not do. I knit before the Service. I consider knitting/fibre arts to be worship. You may have guessed I knit mostly Prayer Shawls.
Raise the flag of Freedom, maybe knit the flag of your country. I think I'll knit the Union flag for the UK and the Canadian flag, as I am a patriot too.
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my whole family male and female proudly support my knitting and crochet. My grandfather just bought a crocheted doily from me and ordered a filet table runner to match it. My dad proudly uses the kindle cover i designed for him, my husband tells everyone he can that i can make anything (ok not anything but close) and encourages me to sell my patterns and finished items.
 

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Fantastic, good to hear. Lets hope all women stand up and knit, knit, knit.
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My Ex hatted my knitting and wouldnt know how to pay a compliment i remember knitting him a beautiful cream jumper in pure wool the whole thing was paterned,cables twists, and you know i think when i left that house it still sat on the shelf unworn must have been about 18 years ago.Well now my new man is just the oposite and loves everything i do and tells all who will listen how clever i am . Do you think i traded well. lol
 

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suelou said:
My Ex hatted my knitting and wouldnt know how to pay a compliment i remember knitting him a beautiful cream jumper in pure wool the whole thing was paterned,cables twists, and you know i think when i left that house it still sat on the shelf unworn must have been about 18 years ago.Well now my new man is just the oposite and loves everything i do and tells all who will listen how clever i am . Do you think i traded well. lol
You sure did. There are a lot of suffering wives out there. They have more than his dislike of knitting to contend with. Many are stuck because they don't want to rock the boat, or wonder where they will go if they leave, especially if their self esteem is so low that they have little self worth. I know because I married a control freak and a liar. It took me four years to be able to leave. I did it when my friend visited me and said how horrible he was and that when I was ready to leave I should go to her. When the opportunity arose I up and left. I stayed with her for a month then I found a job at Fabricland, but before that I went on welfare. I've never looked back. Some women stay because their children don't believe that its that bad and they want to visit their childhood home at Xmas and Easter or whatever holiday where 'Mother has cooked the turkey'. Don't let adult children browbeat you into staying. Leave and get a job at Wal-Mart. It won't be many hours, but you will meet people, and feel good about yourself again. The divorce lawyer will make him pay you an allowance.
Well 'nuf said, I've been on my soapbox long enough. Hugs to all women, especially those who need a little support. I'm here if you want to speak in private and cry on my shoulder. Ann
 

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I knit everywhere....I even have knitted in class during lectures when I can, though for some classes I don't. My husband even encourages me to buy what I want as I encourage him to buy what he wants for the many projects he has for hobbies.

My ex threw all my fabric out once, then I grabbed up all the rifles I could carry from the house, he said I will just bring them right back and I promptly stated, yeah but they will be in a million pieces
 

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Those control bullies types of men are very clever when selecting a wife who will allow their controlling behavior. I would cringe if any of my daughters ever fell for one of those control freaks.............
 

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Every human is born with creativity in their DNA.. but once someone wants to suppress that creativity they destroy that person and that person can never be happy again unless they start making things, and being themselves.

If my husband would try to stop me from any of my crafts, he wouldn't be my husband for long.. Actually, this time around, I am lucky, he loves to watch me while I knit etc.. He appreciates the "creativity" that is in me and encourages it.. even though I don't knit for him... (he can't stand sweaters, scarves, hats or even socks.. He is a t-shirt, shorts, sandals kinda guy...)
 

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KaitlanBlackrose said:
I knit everywhere....I even have knitted in class during lectures when I can, though for some classes I don't. My husband even encourages me to buy what I want as I encourage him to buy what he wants for the many projects he has for hobbies.

My ex threw all my fabric out once, then I grabbed up all the rifles I could carry from the house, he said I will just bring them right back and I promptly stated, yeah but they will be in a million pieces
I would have used one of those rifles!!!!
 

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I totally agree with you Ann. And though this might be off the topic a bit, I really like your point that knitting is something for women of all ages. I am in my 20s and I love knitting; you can create so many beautiful things with yarns and needles - how many women can resist that? Also I feel that knitting is something that really connects people together - ok, at least it connects women who love knitting. I knit in restaurants, on airplanes and for once even in a department store when I was waiting for my friends. And a waitress, an airplane attendant and a sales lady talked to me when I was knitting in those place and said nice things about my knitting. We didn't talk much but I felt so warm and connected when meeting someone new who share the same interest with me - ok, maybe that's another good reason to knit whenever!
 

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One thing I really have a pet peeve about is about all the women who b**** and complain about having to hide their yarn purchases from their husbands. That is total deceit and you can not have that in a marriage. There is no reason why money and yarn can not be worked out. If you women have to sneak around behind your husbands' backs because of yarn, then you really are in a very low and sad state of affairs. At the same time, shame on the men who force their women to do this. I also feel that it is a wonderful and great thing to see men knit and/or crochet. It should not be a "women's only" craft.

Knitting is a pleasure and a hobby. For a lot of people, it is also a source of income. As a dry alcoholic, I can tell you all that knitting leaves your mind and your family safe and sane. Alcohol does not do that for the alcoholic, or the drugs for a drug addict. :D
 
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