There’s something about knitting in public that makes what you’re doing everyone’s business. It’s an interesting notion. I mean when you see people reading the newspaper, you don’t walk up to them and start a conversation: “You know, I have a grandmother who used to read the newspaper. I always wanted to learn how to do that.” Nope that conversation never happened but change newspaper to knit and it’s a common exchange.
One of the reasons we knit in public is so we can share our craft with the world so someone starting that all too familiar conversation is one of the consequences of wanting to be generous. We quickly become desensitized at having people stare at us as if we just landed from another planet and haven’t shed our natural scales for the earthly skin that will let us blend in among your carbon based forms.
Most of the conversations center around whether we are really knitting or crocheting – you’d be amazed at how many don’t know the difference. Whoa to the person who comes upon a knitting or crochet purist. They do exist. There are those who knit ONLY and those who crochet ONLY and don’t want the two paths to cross. They don’t want the paths to be in same town. They are a dying breed which makes them more dangerous because they know more and more of us do both, love both and have even been known to combine both. But if you run into a purist and you mistake their craft for that other craft, be prepared for a look that would make Medusa hide.
Oddly enough, the people who make the least conversation are other knitters/crocheters. That’s because they don’t need to tell you about their grandmother/great aunt/Uncle Harry’s second wife’s cousin who knits or crochets. Because they know how to do it. So they don’t make as much conversation; instead, they will read your knitting. (OK, this may just be me projecting what I do.) They will look at your stitches to see if you’re doing a recognizable pattern and they may ask if you’re doing a stitch pattern and when you answer, they will go back to reading your work.
Sometimes you don’t even have to answer them, you can just hold out the pattern, if you’re using one, and let them read it for themselves. They will read and nod, hand it back and go back to just watching. No words were exchanged but you just had a great conversation.
Today in Knitsville, we will be working some prayer shawls that have to be done and sent in two days then it’s back to hats. I have 36 open orders and some are multiple items.
All three nieces have had their babies-
Kate has given birth to Maya, Kelly has given birth to Shannon and yesterday Katie gave birth to Sam. Blessings and love to all.