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Old 02-01-2012, 05:47 PM   #21
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GG, thanks so very, very much.

I'll be honest, it's taken me 14 years to figure out that I could and how. It's been a fascinating process and I'm so grateful it finally happened. And THAT couldn't have happened without the help of you and everyone else who's helped me here.

As my daughter would say, you KH'ers are covered in awesomesauce!

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Old 02-01-2012, 06:39 PM   #22
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At work, my students all are amazed and most ask me if they can try, and ask if I can teach them!

When I am on the bus, I notice a lot of people staring.
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:58 PM   #23
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Good for you, Charlotte!

I treat people as I would want to be treated when I see someone knitting. I always smile and if I have the time I ask what they are making and tell them it's going to be beautiful. Maybe that's because I'm knitter already, but we all need a little support.

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Old 02-02-2012, 12:44 PM   #24
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I ride a bus to and from work. I don't knit on it but should start. It's a big waste of time just riding around on it doing nothing. I guess I'm afraid of breaking needles trying to stuff it in the small locker at work. When I do knit in public, people ask me what I'm making. One guy leaned over the bus seat behind me and watched intently. He had never seen anyone knitting. I don't think people take the time to do quality work like they used to. It used to be that every little girl at least learned how to darn socks and sew on buttons. Some learned needlework. They don't do that so much anymore.

I came across this World War 1 website. What a difference! The public was asked for socks and other winter garments for the troops. Everyone knit, including men and school children. You were considered selfish if you knit something for yourself. Too bad everybody doesn't knit like this today.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:08 AM   #25
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As a guy knitter, I tend to get a different response than most of you ladies. Generally its disbelief. Some people laugh at me. Some people find it interesting. Some people comment about how odd it is for a guy to be doing a woman's craft. Younger people tend to think it's cooler than middle aged people and older ladies tend to thinks it pretty neat that they see a guy knitting. So it runs the gamit of reponses.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:18 AM   #26
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I second the guy knitter reaction. As a guy knitter, I get all kinds of comments. I knit on the commuter train to Boston (one hour each way), so most people know me as a knitter by now.

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Old 02-03-2012, 10:45 AM   #27
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Wow, Charlotte! I, too, am impressed with your determination (14 years? WOW!) and your can-do attitude! What an inspiration you are!!

And to the guy knitters: Of course guys can knit--if they want to. Hey, my husband learned to crochet (he made the cat a blankie). It's just kinda unusual to see guys knitting, though, which is probably why you get the looks and comments that you do.

It's kind of like seeing a woman fishing (one who knows what she's doing)--like me! For some odd reason, fishing is seen as an "only guys" pastime, so I know exactly how you feel. But I love to fish, and comments and stares aren't going to keep me from it.

If I see someone else knitting in public (or crocheting or even quilting), I usually do the same thing that Jan does--ask them what they're making, comment on how beautiful it is, and if they seem interested in talking, find out how long they've been doing that particular craft and what their favorite project was.

PJs: Thanks for sharing the link. I have an electric coop cookbook that goes back 50 or 60 years (with quotes and stories from the magazine), and it's fascinating to read what life was like during WWII and before electricity was available in rural areas. People had such a different mindset even then, didn't they? Wish we could get some of that back!! And by the way, I'd recommend knitting on the train--even if all you take is one small project with smallish needles!!

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Old 02-03-2012, 10:57 AM   #28
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im heading out for vacation next thursday and am planning to take some knitting and chrocheting along! ill have to report back how people reacted! the only place i really KIP is at work and i'm the youngest in my office....but quite a few years and i get a lot of "you knit? i didnt know girls your age knit" ...or "how did you learn?" i personally love when someone asks me how i learned to knit - the look on their face when i say youtube is HILARIOUS!!! that was before i found all the amazing videos here! my other favorite question is from my friends - why do you do that? its really pretty simple - i needed something to do while the boyfriend plays xbox! LOL!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:03 PM   #29
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Just had to share:

In a waiting room yesterday, I had my first brief "I don't have enough patience to knit" conversation with a non-knitter. All I could do was smile when she said that. That is the funniest thing anyone could say to me. DH snorted in laughter, and had to pretend he was laughing at the TV!

As for guy knitters: my MIL knit for soldiers during both World Wars, and taught my husband to knit when he was a boy. Unfortunately he no longer does, but he cherishes the time spent with her learning. As a result I have the value added bonus of a spouse who "gets it." My MIL was such an awesome lady!


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I bring my knitting along on vacation trips and often take it to a nearby park to knit in public. Often the reaction from others is, "Gosh, I wish I'd brought my knitting along."
I pulled out my needles in the doctor's office last month while waiting for my husband. The next lady through the door sat down and took out her knitting. When the third knitter came through the door, she said she'd come over and join the knitting corner. At that point we outnumbered the non-knitters.
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