stick to your knitting

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
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"They want you to stick to your knitting. They want you to stick to the stuff that other people write for you."
The term "stick to your knitting" is a double-edged sword for CBS, reflecting the network's enviable stability, but also evoking the large granny constituency that watches "Blue Bloods," which is an image the network would very much like to shed among youth-obsessed media buyers.
You've got to stick to your knitting and really pound the pavement," he said.
Glen, the old saying "stick to your knitting" applies pretty consistently in the insurance business.
You have to have a sustainable business, to stick to your knitting and do what you do best in situations like that," he added.
Equally, if you stick to your knitting and be proactive curious, creatively developing new ideas and making the effort to take full advantage of that curiosity and thought, life can be good.
So, the first way to improve productivity is to stick to your knitting and grow your business in your core competency.
"Stick to your knitting" - continued development ranks highest in focus for our business.
* Know your core capabilities -- and "stick to your knitting;"
stick to your knitting we cry, especially if you want some large international group to come and give you a big fat check.
Stick to your knitting. It's great to say you are going to do all of these things, but you'll have to follow through.
In my humble opinion, perhaps you should stick to your knitting.
He comes out with homely phrases like: "I think it's wise to stick to your knitting" by which he means he intends to stay in the business that he knows best.
Here are 10 no-nonsense recommendations: * Stick to your knitting. Stay focused and try not to go beyond your basic businesses.