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Yes, Ken, Real Men Do Knit!
Created By: Rob Jarrad

A man in my work location wanted to learn how to knit but was beset by the typical, macho misconception that if he learned how-men and women would think he was gay. So what! Some of the top male designers in knitting and texture work are gay but who cares? If you want to knit-knit!

I shared with him, a story about men and crochet hooks-how I read about men designing the first crochet hooks as large needles to fix fishing nets with. Remember the apostle Peter-Jesus's bodyguard?
Would anyone have gone up to Peter and accused him of being unmanly because he used a hook to fix a
fishing net! NO! At least 5 of the men that were disciples of Jesus were Fishermen. It was a principal way for men to feed their families and make a living in that part of the world at that time. God gave us employment to give us purpose and meaning and worth-and fishing was no different.

If you want to also take it into a more modern setting-men were knitting and crocheting before women did and they made the family clothing. When the men went to war-the women had to do everything that the men did to keep the homes going till (or if) the men got back. So I just tell them that women won't think ill of them and they would be surprised how well they would be perceived if they
just took up the needles and started. The Gay Angst is not un-normal but now days-just not a big deal or the way other people view a man's masculinity
if they knit-cross stitch, craft, whatever!

So I say gentlemen, just knit and don't worry about who is watching or what they think. Real men knit and Gay men (and who ever decided that Gay men aren't just as real as Straight men)knit also. It's okay-we ladies give you permission! Go for it!
You don't have to make effeminate garments or room accents! You don't need to use fun fur for scarves unless you want to. There are millions of fibers out there that can lend a masculine look or feel for anything you care to make and the relaxation and sense of accomplishment may even heighten and improve the quality of your life! Knitting has both meditative and health benefits as well-things that both men and women need for balance in our stressful and hectic lives.

And finally-Ken-why let women have all the fun?
Join in and knit a scarf in H & R BLock Green to go with your full length wool black dress coat. Just think of how nice a scarf would look with your suit and coat or your bubble- Down navy blue casual coat.

I would support, help, teach, encourage any man to try knitting and just relax and go for it. Get rid of the angst-it's part of the problem-not the solution.

Rob Jarrad

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