I think as a historical meaning towards the calling knitters Grannies can be traced back to World War II.
Everyone knitted during that time from young children, boy scouts, former soldiers, women, everyone. When the war was over some people put down their needles forever, or they said they would…
Thank you for the history behind this, very interesting.
I guess I am alone in that I’ve never had anyone call me granny (aside from my best friend who says it as a joke). I also have never thought of myself as being granny-like. Whenever I knit in public everyone thinks it’s so cool and I get nothing but praise and aw. I don’t think I’d mind being called a granny though, I’m pretty thick skinned and that doesn’t seem like much of an insult anyway. I’d probably just tell the person that they need to be more original.