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Old 09-06-2007, 12:12 PM   #1
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This morning I tossed the Irish Hiking Scarf I've been working on for what seems like forever now into my backpack and headed into the truckstop for some coffee and breakfast.

While I was waiting for my food I pulled out the knitting and set to work on it to pass the time. I've been so busy lately that I haven't had any time to knit and it was nice to be able to relax with the needles for a while.

Naturally I noticed some of my fellow truckers checking out what I was doing while trying to not look like they were checking it out. None of them said anything about it one way or the other which was fine with me.

The waitress finally couldn't stand it any longer and asked about it so I showed it to her and explained what it was. She was curious about the Options as she'd never seen anything like them before.

After that some of the drivers must have felt it was "safe" to mention it and starting making comments or asking questions about it. A couple of the other waitresses came over to check it out too and this caused one driver to comment that it seemed to him like a good way to meet women and I agreed. Of course some of the comments were the usual "I would never have the patience for that". I hear that one a lot.

I can't help but be amused at how uncomfortable it makes some people when they are faced with something unusual that doesn't quite fit into their neat little stereotypes.

I did manage to get several rows done, a couple of cables worth, in between the questions and comments. Now I have to hit the road again, for a couple of hours, and will have a little more knitting time this evening. I can't believe how much I missed my knitting time lately.
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Old 09-06-2007, 12:19 PM   #2
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I'm glad you had some knitting done! Maybe you should make a rule for yourself - knit 10 minutes every day? People are funny, aren't they? I was KIPing in the hospital the other day and everyone looked at me like i'm a weirdo... I even tried to take the knitting with me to the OR ...
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Old 09-06-2007, 12:35 PM   #3
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That's great, Mason! I'm glad you got some knitting time in!

I guess men knitting causes a stir because you don't see it too often, but men do lots of other small motor things with their hands (whittling, painting, carving) so it really shouldn't be a big deal. I love hearing your stories of the attention it attracts though. You are the Ambassador of Knitting Truckers. BTW...have you met any others? I think I remember a crocheter...
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Old 09-06-2007, 01:01 PM   #4
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Happy for you!

About the guy thing. It was kind of neat. I 'accosted' a couple walking their baby one day to try on the Bolero I made for a friends baby to see if my sizing was okay.

Anyways the wife said she was trying to knit. Her teacher is her husband's best friend.

I thought that was great! and told them so too!
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Old 09-06-2007, 01:34 PM   #5
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I am not sure if it is the novelty of a man knitting or knitting itself. I get lots of questions when I knit in public. Even the "you look too young to be a grandmother." Huh? Obviously they haven't been anywhere near yarn lately!

Glad you had a nice morning knitting, even if people were asking you lots of questions!
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Old 09-06-2007, 01:39 PM   #6
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Tthe baby sack is great! Looks like sometihng I ought to make for my son's friend's who just had a baby!
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Old 09-06-2007, 01:46 PM   #7
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I don't see why it's so STRANGE for a guy to knit. I know it's UASUALLY a womans craft, but.... In World War ll the Sailors had to knit in the Navy.

I don't think it's in here... but a family member told me this when we were talking about ood stuff men use to have to do in the Navy.

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Old 09-06-2007, 02:25 PM   #8
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You think a guy knitting gets stares?! Try dealing with the stares women get when nursing in public (despite the fact that they are completly coverd!)

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Mason,

You think a guy knitting gets stares?! Try dealing with the stares women get when nursing in public (despite the fact that they are completly coverd!)

Jana

Yeah, that's nothing new. People freak out over all sorts of silly things.
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I'm glad you had some knitting done! Maybe you should make a rule for yourself - knit 10 minutes every day? People are funny, aren't they? I was KIPing in the hospital the other day and everyone looked at me like i'm a weirdo... I even tried to take the knitting with me to the OR ...

I wish I could make such a rule but honestly some days I barely have time to grab a bite to eat on the run.
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