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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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.
I need coffee Shultz's re-emergence demonstrates that Starbucks realizes that successful companies stick to their knitting.
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.
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.