stick to (one's) knitting

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stick to (one's) knitting

1. To mind one's own business. Oh, stick to your knitting—I don't need to hear your opinion of every little thing I do.
2. To do only what one knows or is familiar with. You can't just stick to your knitting—you have to try new things too.
See also: knitting, stick

stick to your knitting

If someone, especially a company or organization, sticks to their knitting, they continue to do something that they are experienced at and do not try to do something different about which they know very little. It failed because we did not understand the plumbing business, and it taught us a lesson about sticking to our knitting! Northern Rock is sticking to its knitting — mortgages and savings.
See also: knitting, stick

stick to (one's) knitting

Informal
To mind one's own business.
See also: knitting, stick
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Moira O'Neill, Head of Personal Finance, interactive investor, adds: Whilst Vanguard funds are a world away from Fundsmith and Lindsell Train, what they do have in common is a clear, well defined strategy, and they stick to their knitting. This is clearly part of their very strong appeal.
Public utility regulators should stick to their knitting: setting just and reasonable rates and taking other actions that improve the long-term welfare of utility customers.
Companies that just stick to their knitting are fundamentally producing their own winding sheets.
HOW arrogant of new Tory Charities Minister Brooks Newmark to tell voluntary groups to stick to their knitting (Mirror, Sept 4).
"The politicians, and I'm an 'ex' one, should stick to their knitting. They don't know what they're talking about," Fahey, a former premier of Australia's eastern state of New South Wales, told Reuters.
In view of recent history, you could say that this is a very good thing and, as the governor of the Bank of England has recently pointed out, banks should "stick to their knitting".
I need coffee Shultz's re-emergence demonstrates that Starbucks realizes that successful companies stick to their knitting. Starbucks' knitting is grinding roasting and brewing.
"But it's going to be very important for this company to stick to their knitting."
Burned by inadequate pricing for so long, insurers seem quite content now to stick to their knitting. The most speculative and risky new products won't see the light of day amid so much uncertainty about the quality of capital and the potential for extreme catastrophic losses.
Rhodri,Ieuan,Nick and the rest should stick to their knitting.
Hermes likes companies that stick to their knitting, their 'core competence' where they have the edge over the opposition - and remember that unsettling research that per cent of acquisitions fail to deliver value for shareholders.
type--local news people are usually able to stick to their knitting, namely, taking clear pictures and rewriting wire service copy and newspaper articles into serviceable narration.
DAVID Cameron's new Charities Minister sparked fury yesterday by telling voluntary groups to "stick to their knitting".
"The directors of The Home Depot, TRW and Conseco are really asked to 'stick to their knitting,'" says Ted Jadick, a managing partner at recruitment firm Heidrick & Struggles in New York.
It might stretch the theory that companies should stick to their knitting, but that's not exactly a characteristic of the retail sector r ight now - most offer financial services so surely restaurants, travel agencies and the rest are merely a natural extension of the brand.