Screenshot via Weibo
Fingers were flying in a male dorm at a university in Beijing. The students, unlike many others who prepare for their final exam by reading textbooks, were knitting sweaters in order to finish their assignments in time.
A video showing these male students sewing sweaters in their dorm has gone viral last week, garnering more than 14,000 likes. The students sitting on bed were seen meticulously weaving woolen yarns with tapestry needles crossing their fingers.
Surprised by their intently working, netizens on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, praised their hard work and called them charming boys.
"Who said that men cannot work patiently? I think these boys are so cute," a user known as @Chenqiuyu said.
The boys are actually third year students of fashion design major from Beijing City University who were busy sewing up their needlework ahead of the deadline of the "hand knitting" course.
One of the students, Dong Sizhuang, told Beijing Youth Daily that they don't think the course is difficult and it is not embarrassed for male students to learn sewing as interest is the best teacher.
"We are used to sewing. Hand weaving is a skill. We are major in this, so we need to know the knitting principle," Dong claimed. He added that their assignments in last semester were to sew up three clothes, one scarf and a pair of shoe upper.
Shen Li, one of Dong's teachers, told Beijing Youth Daily that there are no difference between males and females in terms of knitting. In fact, many world renowned fashion designers are male, such as Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin and Giorgio Armani, founders of their eponymous fashion labels.
However, the number of men keen on learn knitting is not so optimistic. Around 70 students enrolled in the college's fashion design major, among which only 11 are boys. Shen said nowadays it seems rare for men doing needlework.