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A Quechua man in highland Peru used bicycle spokes as needles to knit this chullo, producing a fine gauge. Take a closer look at the scalloped edges and rows of colourful and complex patterns. Although the Spanish introduced knitting to Peru, the culture had a rich history of textile design and production long before.


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Men and women in Chinchero knit and weave – how do you think this compares to Canadian textile culture?

responded: Jun 2, 2010

Posted by Susan F.

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I am a knitter myself, and I have rarely encountered any male knitters at the yarn stores I have visited, or the knitting events and courses I have attended. In my own family, both my grandmothers were knitters, I learned to knit from my mother, and she has taught my younger cousin (also female) to knit too. I recently learned that a male cousin of mine has taken up knitting, but I would have to say that over 90% of the knitters I have encountered in Canada are female.

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