30 Days of Knitting Questions – Day 20

Continuing my posts from the tumblr account Crafts and Such that has a list of 30 knitting questions; one for each day.

Day 20: Do you knit in public? Was anyone offended/incredibly happy/curious that you were doing so?

Every weekend.  There’s a tea shop I go to every Saturday I have available and I sit and knit there for a few hours. There have been a few other knitters I’ve seen or met there as well.  Those people are always friendly and will often come up to talk to me or start a conversation when I walk by.  I think my favorite thing is when kids are stuck waiting with their parents.  They always watch what I’m doing and the brave ones will walk right up and start asking a bunch of questions.

I’ve also knit on the train, at the doctor’s office, on planes, at the airport, at work, at other people’s houses and even once at the library when my power went out.  I’ve gotten a few weird looks but most people are curious if anything.  I’ve only had one bad experience and I was the one that was offended.

My coworker, Theresa, wants to learn to knit so during half the lunch hour I will meet her and show her how to do something.  One day I was showing her how to cast on.  I learned with the long tail cast on so that is what I was teaching her.  I told her before that there are simpler ways but I’m not really familiar with them so Theresa wanted to learn the cast on I was familiar with.  Some lady I didn’t know came up and just started staring.  She was pretty abrupt about it but I was fine with that.

What I wasn’t fine with was her jumping in and basically making fun of the long tail cast on and saying it was all nonsense.  What I was even more not okay with was her taking the yarn and needle from Theresa and demonstrating her way to cast on without even asking.  Theresa was okay with it so I just sat back quietly pissed off.  Then Theresa was trying to work it out and she snatched the yarn and needle back to show Theresa again because she wasn’t doing it right the first time. Theresa didn’t mind but I did.

I don’t know how other people feel but snatching things out of people’s hands seems rude. Abruptly interrupting a knitting lesson is also quite rude.  I can’t image she was more than a beginner if all she knows is the thumb/loop cast on and has never even heard of the long tail cast on.  I was really offended for days.  If she had just been polite or even remotely friendly it would have been awesome to have someone else join in but that was not the case at all.

Obviously I’m still a little more upset about it than I realized.  I don’t like rude people and I don’t like inflexible or intolerant people much either.  I like blunt people just fine but there is a big difference between blunt and rude.  This lady, I still don’t know her name, was rude and completely blind to the idea that there is more than one way to do something.  I was just waiting for her to see that I’d taught continental style to jump in and say that was all nonsense too but she left as abruptly as she came.  Lucky for me.

Update: I’ve since found out who this lady is and have been ensured that she is very brusque but is actually quite nice.   I guess she doesn’t leave a great first impression but has to grow on you.  I’ve left plenty of bad first impressions myself so this is actually a relief to me.  I didn’t want to have to be on the look out to avoid this person.


  1. I knit everywhere too: at work (on breaks), in the car (when not driving), while watching pretty much anything, in movie theaters before the movie starts, waiting in line at grocery stores, while I homeschool my girls, and at church. I know most people would not knit in church during the main worship service and in classes, but my congregation is very tolerant and since I don’t make noise while I knit, most don’t mind. It helps me focus because of my ADHD. I’ve influenced at least two other women to do quiet hand crafts while in church over the past few years.

    I’ve had a few women tell me that my knitting is distracting in church. When that happens, I move so that they can’t see me knitting. I understand being distracted, after all.

    But 99% of the time, I end up with people talking with me about what I’m knitting, how it works and because of those conversations, I now have a knitting group at work and a charity knitting/crocheting group at church.

  2. I wish I could get away with bringing my knitting to long meetings at work. Instead I have to doodle on my notes. I can actually keep my focus really well in most situations but I can’t listen to other people too long unless my hands are busy. Knitting would help me focus but I don’t think anyone at work would understand that. I’m tempted to try just to see the reactions.

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