“People still do that?”
So I’m sitting and knitting–in a doctor’s office, of course–enjoying the progress on my cowl, when a middle-aged gentleman sits down across from me. He stares for a second, then says, “Wow, people still do that anymore?”
He’s referring to my knitting, of course, not my ability to calmly sit in a plastic chair. I find this odd. If you ask me, more people are knitting than ever. I always want to wear a t-shirt that states “I was knitting BEFORE it was cool.” Not that I mind at all the vast selection of yarns and stores we have now, the handfuls of magazines and books, the artsy needles and celebrity knitters. I think we have craft choices now that our mothers would have craved. Maybe because I knit, I see knitting everywhere.
I was baffled by his view of my knitting as rare and, from his expression, anciently quaint. He actually likened it to his mother’s “tatting.” Not that tatting is bad–it’s gorgeous, and I’ve not idea how to do it–but I do think of it as an antique sort of craft. Not at all like knitting, which is downright poplar and, dare I say it, trendy. I want to feel artsy and hip when I knit, not like a leftover from another era, and this guy stared at me like I was something a time warp flux left behind.
What have you all experienced? Are people charmed when you knit in public? Impressed? Nostalgic? Comments, please…