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(Abc.net.au)   Are you crafty with needles? The Penguin Foundation needs your help. Knitter, please   (abc.net.au ) divider line 4
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2014-03-05 08:54:03 PM  
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This makes me want to learn how to knit, just so I could send them a bunch, and help out.

Let me give a little context to that: I'm a 6ft tall mid-twenties Texan male, who drives a F-150, hunts, fishes, I have a heeler-coyote mix dog, I own multiple guns, deer heads hang on my living room wall, my redneck cred is very much in place, and I state again, I am seriously considering taking up knitting to contribute to this.
2014-03-05 09:51:22 PM  
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PolyHatSnake: This makes me want to learn how to knit, just so I could send them a bunch, and help out.

Let me give a little context to that: I'm a 6ft tall mid-twenties Texan male, who drives a F-150, hunts, fishes, I have a heeler-coyote mix dog, I own multiple guns, deer heads hang on my living room wall, my redneck cred is very much in place, and I state again, I am seriously considering taking up knitting to contribute to this.


Knitting used to be primarily a man's occupation to bring in money for their families. many families would knit together at night making socks or gloves for extra money. As the industrial revolution took over, men went to better paying jobs and the women took over knitting socks, gloves and whatnot for spare money. About 100 years ago, circular sock knitting machines were invented, allowing a cottage industry to start up for faster production of socks. Its hard to think of a world where you cannot go to the store and pick up a bag of tube socks. They also had to raise the sheep, shear them, card the fleece and spin it into wool. Now,you just go to Joanns.or on line.

A great book to read about knitting is The History of Knitting by Richard Rutt. A guy knitter from England. I have 100's of books for my obsession. Magazines galore. I knit because it is very satisfying to making something with your hands and to give something to a worthwhile org.

When men apply themselves to knitting ( or crochet or sewing) they tend to be technically excellent with their craft. Go on ravelry.com. there are scores of guys who knit (jared flood, stephen west, Kasse Fasse, Franklin Habit) to check out. A buttload of forum under 1000's of catagories, some related to knitting. I hang out alot in an atheist forum under same user name.


Check out knittinghelp.com for basics.

For about $10, you can buy yarn and needles. How many hobbies can you start off so cheaply? And have it so affordable and portable?

Yarn comes in 6 sizes:
1 laceweight
2. Fingering or sock weight
3 double knit
4. Worsted
5 chunky
6 bulky

Most knitters in the US knit with #4, worsted. It is the most readily available.

It is a wonderful hobby, give it a whirl.

PM me if you have any questions.
2014-03-05 09:00:15 PM  
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Have no fear, Farkers. I have just sent the link to my mother. There won't be a naked penguin to be found by the end of the month.
2014-03-05 08:40:01 PM  
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The tough part is making them to go with formals.
 
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