I’m still not quite sure why I started knitting. Perhaps it was when I complained on Facebook that I had nobody to knit me socks, and somebody pointed out I had a perfectly good pair of arms. I like to make things: I draw, and cook, and grow veges, so knitting seemed much the same thing. With the help of Debbie Stoller’s Stitch and Bitch, I taught myself basic knit and purl, bought a huge stash of used needles on TradeMe, and got started on a scarf just in time for the first of the Christchurch earthquakes. Knitting a long scarf is very good for one’s mental health.

Every time I went to a knitting group, though, I was the only man there. There must be other blokes who knitted, or wanted to learn, but they were underground or kept it quiet. New Zealand is a pretty macho society, with clear ideas of what’s acceptable and not acceptable male behaviour; knitting is the latter. I ended up running knitting classes at a local yarn store, and there a huge amount of interest, both from the media and from guys wanting to sign up. So I started Knitting For Blokes—this website, and soon, I hope, a book, for blokes who would love to make a hat but don’t know how.

Me, at the Holland Road Yarn Store (Photo by Tash Barneveld)

Me, at the Holland Road Yarn Store (Photo by Tash Barneveld)

Mike Dickison
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