Off-duty firefighters do it. Athletes do it. Even teens do it. Real men are knitting, as they have for years, and this year at the L.A. County Fair, male “needlers” can bring their best hand-knit items to the Men Knit Too contest at the Knitting Lounge in the Village on Broadway. Entries will be accepted up to 1 p.m. on Sept. 9. Judging follows immediately. First prize is a $100 gift card from Knitwitz in San Dimas; second is a $50 gift card and third is a $25 gift card. The contest entry fee is $5.
Historical sources show that knitting was originally a male-only occupation, possibly springing from fishermen who “knit” their nets. Men have continued to knit through the generations, including World Wars, when the Red Cross encouraged knitting by advertising that “our boys need sox.” Today, men who knit are enjoying a revival of sorts. Several states have knitting clubs and more are forming. One noted professional male knitter, Kaffe Fassett, of London, England, has had his original designs displayed at The Victoria and Albert Museum.
Male knitters, raise your needles. The L.A. County Fair Men Knit Too contest, featuring male judges of course, will award prizes based on originality, best use of color and best use of technique.
The Fair runs Sept. 7-30, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information about the Fair, visit www.lacountyfair.com or call (909) 623-3111.