I love the things people say when I’m knitting or crocheting in public:
“I’m telling myself that, NO, I don’t have to ever knit with those things EVER!!!” – This from a knitting friend, watching me knit a sock with DPNs (double pointed needles).
“Is that a scarf?” (It’s long, it’s not wide, it’s wool – what did you think it was???)
“Why are you knitting socks??? They’re on sale at Wal-Mart this week!”
“Are you having a baby?” – I was crocheting a baby blanket in the dentist’s waiting room.
Oh, and my all-time favorite…I was knitting in the allergist’s waiting room. My allergist is notorious for keeping all his patients waiting, so I always plan ahead and bring something to work on. On this particular occasion, I decided to bring a sweater (me knit a sweater…surprise!) I was working on—the Hourglass Sweater pattern. As I was happily working away on the sweater, a woman approached me.
“What are you doing???”
This was a fair enough question, seeing as I was knitting the sleeve, which didn’t really look like a sleeve yet. When I explained it was a sleeve to a sweater, she stared at it, incredulously, and said,
“But WHY all the needles?” I explained that I was knitting it in the round on DPNs.
She continued to stare at the sleeve on the four DPNs, looking like she fully expected it to attack her at any second.
“Why aren’t you using normal needles and knitting it the NORMAL way?” I told her that a) the pattern isn’t written like that, and b) even if the pattern called for the “normal” way, I always convert sweaters to in-the-round.
“Are you sure?”
“I’ve done several sweaters in the round, just like this.”
She stared for several minutes more, and then said, “Well, I guess that could work…”
The only thing that saved me from busting out laughing was the doctor calling my name!