I don’t spend a lot of time crafting in public.
Why not? Pretty much the only time I am in public is when I am going to school.
So I have enough to carry around and do on those occasions that I don’t really have time to knit.
But, there were several occasions that was happily knitting away on the bus.
One time, I was making a scarf. A lady sat next to me and asked me what I was making, how I got into it, how she wishes she had learned. We ended up having a nice conversation about knitting and life together.
In contrast to that, I was (again) sitting on the bus. Again, an older lady sits down next to me. She has several bags on her lap and doesn’t really look at me. But when she does eventually look my direction she did a double take.
And legitimately said with such distain and disgust in her voice: “You’re knitting?”
I was a little taken aback by her tone. So I smiled extra sweetly and simply said, “Yup, I’m making a scarf”.
She seemed to turn her nose up a little and didn’t look at me for the rest of our trip. I still wonder why she gave me such a response.
But it doesn’t really matter. Knitting is good. Making connections with people is good. Surprising people is good.
Have you had good reactions by other people when you were knitting in public?