Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me Knitting Is Itchy! (Video)

Can you believe someone recently said, “I hate handknit sweaters, they are always itchy.” Well, this is just what happened on the NPR radio show, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Host Mo Rocco blurted that pitiful statement out and the knitting gorillas, and national news media (see video below) descended.

Seems trite in lieu of the world’s ailments, right? Definitely, but…we knitters don’t stand by and take this kind of nonsense lightly. Knitting is a privilege. Knitters are rightfully offended when someone judges our handknit creations and deems them to be uncomfortable.

Wait, wait, don’t tell me he hasn’t heard that knitting’s not for grandmas anymore, and real men do knit? Did he know that so many folks knit for charity because it is cool? How about all those soft eco-friendly yarns just waiting to be cuddled? Obviously, someone has yet to inform him that there are yarn bombers lurking in the darkness waiting patiently for this kind of prejudice to erupt. These yarn graffiti artists hit the Vancouver Olympics and the NPR studios could be next!

In response to Rocco’s pitiful statement, Ravelry alerted the knitting forces and they descended upon him to debunk his declaration. He decided to take up the craft to find out just what the allure of knitting was. This story ultimately ends happily, with Rocca being the latest knitting convert. He invites Ravelers to attend a taping of “Wait, Wait” in Chicago. Watch how he learns to knit on this video. At the end Rocco says if all unintended slights could turn out so well he’s going to insult BMW next.

Watch this fun video from CBS News and maybe you’ll become a knitting enthusiast too:

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Bente S.
Bente S7 years ago

There is yarn and there is yarn ....

Ana O.
Ana María O7 years ago

Does anyone know of an easy online site where I could learn how to literally "start" to knit... I know how to do a couple of simple stitches, yet I've never learned how to "start", my mom has always done that for me in the past...

Debi Cady
Deborah C7 years ago

I love knitting! I agree that certain yarns do itch (I'm allergic to wool, and I find most acrylics to be scratchy too), but many of them are very soft and luxurious. My favorites at the moment are made of bamboo, soy and corn. So soft and pretty! ^-^

Linda M.
Linda M7 years ago

i always loved when mo rocca was on the daily show.

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thanks so much

Megan S.
Megan S7 years ago

I think he's just jealous because he can't knit, and nobody wants to knit for him, so he made up an excuse why he doesnt wear anything hand knit ;)

Tracy S.
Tracy Schaal7 years ago

I am a new knitter (joined Knit For Peace) and proud to say that I use good quality yarns that don't itch! :o)

Linda S.
Linda Stuckey7 years ago

My two-cents: Those itchy sweaters are made from the cheapest yarn. The knitters I know (myself included) buy yarn that is worthy of our time and not the least bit itchy.

BTW, check out Kelly Lambert's book "Lifting Depression," in which she explains knitting as therapy for depression.

Melinda D.
Past Member 7 years ago

There are so many different kinds of yarn out there that you don't have to suffer with something you don't like and if properly cared for last a really long time. I have a blanket I crochetted almost 30 years ago and it is still in great shape. Even softer now than when I first did it. Quality over quantity. Isn't that something our grandparents would always tell us.

Suze O.
Suze Q7 years ago

This was fun....Mo has guts.....I started knitting when I quit smoking 50 yrs ago, good decision....more productive than smoking.

Alfred Donovan
Past Member 7 years ago

I can vouch for the this statement.I cannot wear wool next to my skin because of the itch which drives me up the wall.Indeed hand knitted woolen jumpers and cardigans are the worst.