I’ll sometimes call myself such in a self-deprecating manner, but even before I started knitting everyone already said I act older than my age so it’s just an extension of that.
it bugs me a LOT.
i once saw someone argue that objecting to it was insulting to old ladies, but i think it’s just the opposite. in practice, it’s almost always used in a deprecating way, and it also carries the implication that old ladies can only do old-lady things; that it’s weird and silly for anyone else to do a thing that old ladies do.
it also bugs me because i’m a guy. i think at this point we’re all aware of the feminist theory that feminization-of-men-as-an-insult springs from misogyny. erasing or deprecating men in a traditionally-female field — for instance, always saying ‘male nurse’ to point up the assumption that nurses are women and doctors are men — is also sexist. so equating ‘knitter’ with ‘old lady’, by contradicting the existence of male knitters, hits us with a double whammy there.
on top of that, it ignores most of history. knitting being an ‘old lady thing’ is really recent, historically speaking.
oh yeah, and it’s not even accurate. granted, this is anecdotal, but — i mostly saw retired women knitting when i was a kid, but i’m over 40. it’s been 20 years since i saw more old women knitting than young and middle aged women, and in the past 10 years men have gone from almost zero to about a quarter of the blogs, designers, and the actual knitters i know in person.
tl;dr can you guys stop it please, it’s like 2% cute and 98% annoying.