It has been a while since I have done one of these Thursday Thoughts but this is something that came up on QI recently (at least it was only recent here in Oz).
It seems that there was a tribe of cannibals that considered old women to be the least useful members of the tribe so would eat them in times of famine. When Allan Davis heard this his response was "What about the knitting and crochet, who is going to do that?"
I kinda know how knitting and crochet gets this reputation. It is mainly due to to the younger generation wanting everything now and not being willing to put in the time and effort into making things themselves, but what most people don't seem to realise is that these old women started when they were quite young. They also don't realise that knitting was invented by men and was once a male dominated task.
Being a middle aged (I don't consider myself to be old yet) man that knits and crochets I kinda get offended at being described as an old woman.