There’s plenty of evidence showing men dominated the fiber arts trade throughout most of history. It’s only within the last century that it’s become “woman’s work” – which is just plain silly. All knitting or crocheting consists of is making a bunch of little knots. And what’s the first thing a Boy Scout must learn? Knots!
And no sailor is worth his salt if he doesn’t know his knots. Famed author Richard Henry Dana, Jr. says so: “No man will pass for an able seaman in a square-rigged vessel, who cannot make a long and short splice in a large rope, fit a block-strap, pass seizings to lower rigging, and make the ordinary knots, in a fair, workmanlike manner.”
The Young Sea Officer’s Sheet Anchor by Darcy Lever Esq (1819) even gives instructions on “How to Make Spun Yarn for Worming, Serving, Seizing, Etc.”
So there you have it. Irrefutable proof that knitting is a manly sport.
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