Last week I did a post about teenage boys crocheting for charity. Since then I’ve received several comments and seen several articles that highlight the fact that more and more boys are crocheting these days. I think this is great since it’s a craft that offers many benefits. And I also think it’s great because I don’t think kids should be limited to gender-specific activities. I’m not gung-ho about that, meaning I’m not out there advocating for gender-free classrooms, etc., but I do support the idea that kids should be free to choose the crafts and activities that appeal to them without being judged for their choices. I’m happy to see that this seems to be changing in regards to crochet.
For example, Israeli newspaper Haaretz had a great article last week in which they asked kids of today to read articles in decades-old issues of the paper to get their response. One of the articles (from 1947) talked about the importance of work and craft, saying that girls could and should spend their time doing things like crochet and boys should do things like woodcarving. The kids of today responded that girls and boys should both be able to do what they want in their leisure time. One girl noted that she has no interest in needlearts and another girl said:
“Look, I know boys who can crochet better than some grandmothers; there’s no need to limit it to girls alone. I personally also like to help my father with his carpentry work, so I don’t agree with this passage.”
Closer to home, Marie of Underground Crafter responded to my last post with the following comment:
“I don’t know about other teen boys crafting for a cause, but I was happy to have some young boys coming to the learn to crochet table at the Brooklyn Fiber Arts Guild’s World Wide Knit in Public day event!”
I think this is great because it wasn’t too long ago that boys might have been embarrassed to show an interest in crochet in public and now that seems to be changing.
In fact, when I met up with the Crafting in Public for the first time last week (terrific experience!) there was a young guy (early twenties?) who approached us and said that he’d always wanted to learn to knit. He asked us the difference between knitting and crochet and wanted a little lesson in starting to crochet. He seemed genuinely interested and this seems to be yet another sign that guys of all ages are picking up the hook.
What about you – have you seen any examples of greater acceptance for boys crocheting?