Masculine Conversations

Masculine Conversations

Friday, October 10, 2014

I Love Yarn Day - Real Men Work Yarn

Is working with yarn manly? I think so. And as a future surgeon and gentleman farmer, with a lot of adventure and travel thrown in, I see many hours of knot-tying and fiber-working in sight.

As Katie pointed out to me, knitting is all about taking the fleece from a wild animal and using nothing but your bare hands and two sticks to create things for keeping yourself warm. What could be more ‘manly’ than that?” (

Tying knots, handling fibre, is a quintessential male skill. Men were the first to knit for an occupation ( By the 17th and 18th centuries, entire families on the Scottish Isles were involved in making socks, sweaters, and other outdoor clothing.  Top quality hand woven Harris Tweed, “hand-spun, hand-woven, and dyed by the crofters and cottars in the Outer Hebrides” (, worth a look) is also a top dollar product.

Dr. Barron says, “There’s something so gratifying about taking strings and pieces and making them whole. There’s something primitive and innate about that. The fragments of the mind also come together in the process. It’s a parallel process between the mind and the hands.”