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etoilechaude 09-23-2009 06:52 PM

Knitting in Public
 
Where are some of your favorite places to sit and knit (other than the yarn shop)?

Right now I drive to work 2 hours early to avoid the rushhour traffic I would otherwise be forced to endure. I work about 25 mins from home, but in rush hour that can take 1.5 to 1.75 hours!! So I choose to drive to the area I work early and I usually pick a wifi spot and surf the internet until it's time to start.

I would MUCH rather be spending this time productively knitting(... I'm at Starbucks right now typing this lol). I've never really thought about where I would feel comfortable whipping out my needles and yarn before and unfortunately all of the yarn shops are on the other side of the river where I live :o/

Hopefully someone will have a fun suggestion ... otherwise I might just chill in my car with the radio lol! :o)

globaltraveler 09-23-2009 08:00 PM

Cafe over coffee. Pub over beer or a Bailey's on the rocks.

farmgirl 09-23-2009 08:02 PM

I would knit right there in Starbucks. I knit everywhere--doctor's offices, dentists, lawyers. It's who I am and what I do and I just don't care what anyone thinks of it. Most people however are enthralled with it and think you are some sort of wizard:teehee: Most of my work friends accept my little yarn obsession with a smile, because I accept their strange obsessions, too. (Even though yarn is not a strange obsession.)

jruby18 09-23-2009 08:06 PM

hi
 
I take my knitting anywhere where I even *think* I might have a wait on my hands. Doctor's offices, appointments, travelling, etc.... I was in an investment club for a while and I'd take my knitting to the meetings, too! And I agree w/the other poster - I get almost complete positive feedback and admiration when I'm knitting. Ppl are interested in what you're making, etc..

Sknitter56 09-23-2009 09:01 PM

I knit anywhere I have to wait...doctor's, dentist...doesn't matter. I'd much rather be knitting with MY yarn and MY needles than thumbing through some dog-eared magazine that's been handled by hundreds of people whose hands I don't know where they have been :aww: . Plus, I'm being productive!

etoilechaude 09-24-2009 12:08 AM

Thanks everyone!!!

@farmgirl - LOL!!! My partner totally thinks I'm some sort of wizard... able to make cool things with pointy sticks and animal hair lol.

I think I'll try the starbucks in the borders near my work next time. They have lots of comfy couches... looks like the perfect spot to set up my knitting and laptop :o)

lulubell 09-24-2009 12:23 AM

Just do it! People will either be interested, amused, bemused, think you are crazy, but more than likely will not even notice. Who cares what people think anyway.

When one stops worrying what people will think, life is so much easier. (But it has taken me over 40 years to realise that)

pinksugar 09-24-2009 04:59 AM

yup, I rock out with my needles where ever I think I'll have to wait for a while. It's weird, I'm living in Italy at the moment so I've had to learn new words to tell people what I'm doing, they've given me some of the weirdest looks, even moreso than in Sydney Australia!

Most of my current scarf has been made on trains, but in Australia I'll do it on my lunch break, in the local starbucks, cafes, wherever.

If they don't like it then they can deal with it, people are constantly doing things *I* don't like in public, so I have no compunction about knitting if I feel like it.

I've done it in a bar even, but I got shut down by a friend's bf who thought it was rude, he claimed I can't listen when I'm knitting. Uhh... WTF? I can listen better than he can when he's watching sports at a bar, I think it's less rude than that!

Don't you wish people would mind their own business? if it's not harming them, then why should they care? :knitting:

I should say that i've also had some people come and tell me how much they like what I'm making, or who are frankly just curious and interested in a flattering way, so don't be shy about knitting in public :)

globaltraveler 09-24-2009 05:56 AM

The only problem with knitting in pubs and bars I ever have is that often the light is too low, and I'm not one of those knitters who can knit while not looking -- I always have to look. :) Also, I've found that I make more mistakes while talking and laughing with friends, so I try not to take lace or something that is a big ol' pain to frog back on.

I usually don't knit on social nights out, though -- only when I'm on a deadline (which I've been the last week or so, so I've been knitting a lot even when out with friends).

I always take the knitting out *while* I'm chatting and making jokes and such, to make it clear that I can do both at the same time -- also, if the conversation becomes important to the person I am speaking with, I often stop knitting and just hold it in my lap so I can make eye contact with them while talking about something that means a lot to them or such. What's more important, people or knitting? ;)

globaltraveler 09-24-2009 05:56 AM

The only problem with knitting in pubs and bars I ever have is that often the light is too low, and I'm not one of those knitters who can knit while not looking -- I always have to look. :) Also, I've found that I make more mistakes while talking and laughing with friends, so I try not to take lace or something that is a big ol' pain to frog back on.

I usually don't knit on social nights out, though -- only when I'm on a deadline (which I've been the last week or so, so I've been knitting a lot even when out with friends).

I always take the knitting out *while* I'm chatting and making jokes and such, to make it clear that I can do both at the same time -- also, if the conversation becomes important to the person I am speaking with, I often stop knitting and just hold it in my lap so I can make eye contact with them while talking about something that means a lot to them or such. What's more important, people or knitting? ;)


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