Did you know that:
There are only two basic stitches in knitting, with which all other stitch patterns are made. The two basic stitches used in knitting are the knit stitch and the purl stitch. The purl stitch is essentialy the back of a knit stitch, so is worked almost exactly backwards of the way a knit stitch is worked. Variations of these two stitches make all the patterns in knitting.
Knitting is an activity that stimulates both sides of the brain simultaneously. Research has shown that knitting has a preventive effect on developing Alzheimer's disease.
For a long time many people have thought of knitting as exclusively a woman's hobby though historians believe that it was invented by men. Most historians agree that knitting originated with male Arabian sailors and was basically a male-only craft until fairly recently in it's history.
During the Middle Ages the exclusive knitting guilds were not open to women. In many non-western cultures knitting has remained prominent amongst men and is now considered a unisex hobby.
Food for thought~