Top 7 Reasons Our Next President Should Be a Knitter
Vanity Fair’s video “Six New Year’s Resolutions for Hillary Clinton” depicts various folks suggesting resolutions for Clinton in 2018, to include hiking, taking up improv comedy, and yes, learning how to knit. The ensuing backlash is something to note, with her fans claiming that the knitting suggestion smacks of sexism.
Whether or not the video is actually funny – or sexist – we’ll leave up to you. What concerns us is ensuring the general public is fully informed. Why shouldn’t Hillary Clinton learn to knit? In fact, we hope that every future US presidential candidate is a knitter. Knitting nurtures a variety of characteristics that would only serve to boost a candidate’s appeal and chance of success.
So, for all of your aspiring public servants out there, here are the reasons why knitting skills will up your game and enhance your political platform.
Reason 1: Patience
A knitter knows: it never goes smoothly every time. Between the potential for frogging and any other random thing that can happen while a project takes shape, patience plays a critical role in knitting. And in order to enjoy the meditative quality of knitting, it cannot be rushed.
Reason 2: Basic math skills
It seems like a simple set of skills needed for a job; the basic understanding of addition and subtraction. But one does not know the true depth of another’s math prowess until it has to be put into practice. There is potential for real disaster here. Understanding the national deficit is no joke. However, if your future leader is already a knitter, their math skills have been tested multiple times.
Reason 3: Ability to multi-task
Does knitting need all of your focus? It depends on the project. But for many stitchers out there, they’ve got a lot more going on than just keeping count and placing stitch markers. Some of them embrace the “knit and listen” appeal of an audio book, while others are busy raising makers of their own. Being a knitter means you have the ability to keep multiple balls in the air.
Reason 4: Affinity for the agricultural and livestock industries
The agricultural and livestock industries are critical facets of the US economy, and a knitter understands this. Between the prolific use of cotton and the undeniable appeal of merino wool, it is the availability of fibers like these that keep knitters knitting. Supporting these industries means we assist in the growth of our economy.
Reason 5: Appreciation for tradition and other cultures
Andean knitting represents one culture whose knitting traditions have come dangerously close to being lost. Based on Google search data, it could be argued that this is the future of knitting in the United States. What can we nurture within ourselves, based on cultural inspiration outside of our own? A knitter has the depth of curiosity to ask this question, as should a US presidential candidate.
Reason 6: Creative problem-solving
We’ve all been there: to frog or not to frog? How about just scrapping the whole thing and starting over? This is not unfamiliar territory for knitters, who need to remain on the alert for multiple ways to problem-solve. If only our politicians could remain so flexible and open to suggestion. Look for the knitter on the ballot. You can’t go wrong.
Reason 7: Generosity
The best trait found in a knitter is generosity. The act of making for others is often what fuels the craft. The ease with which a knitter gives is deeply admirable, and would be a great asset in any human’s bag of tricks. What can be gained from making and giving? Choose a charity and a project, and find out.
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