On Friday the Guardian reported the latest from the trial of Anders Breivik, the man killed 77 people in a gun attack in Norway last year. One of the motivations he has given for the attack is the “feminisation” of Norway. He said “Suddenly boys are supposed to start knitting and doing crochet and cooking,” complaining that gender roles were becoming reversed.
Well, this is a post to celebrate those role reversals. Far from being dismayed at the emergence of men on the craft scene, I am impressed by it. As a feminist, I am keen that men don’t muscle in on a traditional female area and try and take over, after all, far more doors have been closed to women for many years than have been closed to men (and still are – fancy a round of golf ladies?). But the male crafters that I have seen are simply men who craft, carving their own small niche in the crafting blogsphere.
First up is The Crochet Dude, who is rather well known in the US. who even goes so far as to run a Crochet Cruise. Now that sounds like my kind of holiday.
Next up is Michael at State of the Craft. He is a keen quilter and blogs with a sense of humour, and quilts with a keen eye.
Rugged Flair is quite circumspect about his position as a male crafter, but still pursues his main passion, which is for collage:
digibudi is a very talented crafter. I got side tracked by so many cute projects like this cupcake pillow that I had to really search hard to to find evidence that the blogger behind it all was really a man:
My final choice of men who craft is Matthew of One Man Crochet. I must admit that this one is a personal recommendation as his the brother in law of a good friend of mine. But even if he wasn’t, I’d still be recommending you look at his website. He is a relatively new blogger, doesn’t have a shop or a business, he just crochets for the love of it, making gifts for his wife and friends. But most of all I love his little crochet avatar, a wonderful likeness.
So, while we women take back the craft, subvert it and make it a symbol of choice rather than lack of it, we can make a bit of space for the men out there who want to get in on the act. After all, we all know that crafting – the needle, thread and yarn sort – is relaxing, beautiful, practical, and gives us an enormous sense of achievement. Don’t mind the men being a little late to the party…as long as they bring wine.