Episode 104: Your Permission Is Not Required

Permission. You don’t need it from anyone to enjoy your hobbies, especially and most particularly if that hobby is knitting.

This week the chat is about two notions: 1) selfish knitting and 2) hiding yarn purchases from significant others.



(of a person, action, or motive) lacking consideration for other people; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure.

Selfish is a bad word. It has negative connotations and is definitely not a compliment. Why, oh WHY then, do we use this to describe engaging in our hobby if the thing we are making is for the benefit of ourselves? It’s utter twaddle! Nobody expects it from football players or golfers. Nobody calls them selfish for doing their own hobby for their own-flipping-benefit. Why is it an accepted thing as a knitter?

Sean agrees (thank you, Mr Connery, you were my favourite Bond*) that selfish knitting as a term, an idea and certainly as an insult should be cast to the big rip pile in the sky. It’s not helpful for us to tell ourselves these negative stories about our craft. One which brings us joy, community, friendship, skills and lots of other positives should remain free from any idea of ‘selfishness.’

The second idea explored is that of it being a big joke to hide yarn purchases from significant others. To the extent of it being an ‘amusing’ sign in yarn shops. No, no, no. In the same way that it’s pretty demeaning to have a Man Creche at a yarn show, it’s equally so to have a faux game of ‘tee-hee I need to hide my yarn/don’t tell my husband/wife/S.O.’

I just find this a bit… well… weird. It’s not the 1950s anymore. Unless your family can’t eat because you’re blowing the housekeeping on yarn, isn’t it about time we got past this?

You are allowed to give yourself permission to buy whatever you want, whenever you want and knit whatever you want with it for your very own self UTTERLY UNAPOLOGETICALLY.

Also – family who think you knitting in public is antisocial (whilst they play on Facebook) – do one!

In Enabler’s Corner I have a huge amount of love for Sam and his geographical knitting and travelling. There is nothing that pleases me more than a bit of comedy knitwear. Sam has embraced this genre fully and has created the most brilliant jumpers of places around the world. Then, because he’s a legend, he’s travelled globally to visit these places and have his photo taken next to them wearing said knitwear. I LOVE a person who doesn’t do things by halves. Sam, I salute thee.

In Active Stash Exploration, I revisit a very special skein from South Africa. It is leftovers from the Tanya’s Train project.

Wrap Up

That’s all from me this week. As always, thank you for listening. Feedback is always appreciated, and you can email me or message me via Ravelry or social media. If you enjoyed listening today, please consider leaving an iTunes review, to help others find the podcast too. Happy crafting!

*It was Pierce really, but he wasn’t as opinionated on selfish knitting.

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