I was re-introduced to knitting at our Waldorf school playgroup, where Moms are encouraged to knit, sew...make things. Embarking on this new/old hobby, I found I liked it. And so I have been knitting away at projects large and small.
The Hamster’s knitting adventures, to this point have been somewhat frustrating, but as his fine motor skills improve, so do the results of his crafting attempts. Besides providing enjoyment for him, it contributes to his learning in a variety of other ways.
The Waldorf School programs use knitting as a learning tool (great in lots of ways, developing familiarity with natural fibers, dexterity, math skills, design skills, spatial recognition, etc.). One of the basic rules for a beginning knitter is to use natural fibers, and the easiest to work with is wool, so start with wool.http://www.maggiesrags.com/tips_children.htm
While my focus has been on knitting decorative articles, The Hamster is variously more practical and more creative. Here he knits a "lollipop". Next up is a bag in which to carry his race cars. Fortunately patterns abound on the Internet. As more and more men bring their own interests to the hobbby I'm sure we can find one.