Do you knit in public? Was anyone offended/incredibly happy/curious that you were doing so?
I do, frequently. Various extended family members were annoyed by my knitting, because they thought I wasn’t paying attention to them. They assumed that I didn’t say much because I was knitting, when in fact, I’ve never said much. They just didn’t notice me because I wasn’t doing anything. That seems to sum up most of my knitting experiences, actually. Someone will notice and point out how crochet is a lost art, and most of the time I don’t bother to correct them. They don’t want to be corrected, and it runs the risk of starting an argument about what it is I’m actually doing, which happens more often than you would think. It’s not worth it.
Occasionally a kid will be really curious, and sometimes their parent will allow them to watch for a while and ask questions, but usually they shuffle them away and admonish them to stop bothering me. So far I haven’t had a stranger be offended, exactly, but I’ve been told I have too much time on my hands, or that the speaker doesn’t have the time/patience to learn. Most often, people yell out their shoe size or sweater size and insist I make something for them. I don’t know why they do this. Is it supposed to be funny? “Hey, person randomly sitting across from me for the next fifteen minutes! Yeah, you! Make me socks! HAHAHAHAH!” How is that funny? I don’t get it. Is it supposed to be small talk?