30 Day Knitting Challenge Day 20: Do you knit in public? Was anyone offended/incredibly happy/curious that you were doing so?
I knit in public all the time. Every Wednesday my knitting group meets at our local Wegmans to knit in the seating area of the cafe. We’ve attracted other fiber artists of all kinds, some have even become group members. We’ve also had people stop in mid-step to compliment us – “Your work is beautiful!” and “Wow that looks great, but I couldn’t do that!” – and watch us all working away for a minute before they carry on.
I also take knitting to every school function I go to, from Back to School Night to chorus concerts and track meets. I took a project to my oldest’s graduation last June and got a lot of interesting looks, some good, some as if to say “What a weirdo!” One woman told me that it was nice to see someone knitting, that it reminded her of her grandmother, who was always working on something.
I knit while waiting in line to vote in 2008. I brought knitting with me when I voted in 2012, but the line was too short for me to even get the project out.
When I go to roller derby bouts just to watch, I take knitting with me. I started derby via my knitting group, which always surprises people.
I participated in World Wide Knit In Public Day a few times, back when my knitting group also met on Sundays (with a different crowd from the Wednesday group). Once we got space at the local weekly farmers market, which was neat and fun but kind of confusing for people because we weren’t selling anything. We had a few people who pulled up chairs and pulled out their knitting! Overall, a delightful way to spend a few hours on a Saturday morning.