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Old 08-09-2009, 10:38 PM   #1
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Another KIP story
I took my second unfinished sock to a mammogram appointment I had which was lucky, since they were about an hour behind. I sat quietly, noticing how many people were watching me, which was nearly the whole room. No one said anything until one elderly lady walked in with her walker and sat across from me. At first glance she appeared to be anxious or in pain, perhaps. Then she noticed me knitting and I smiled at her. She smiled back, warmly and the concern in her face melted away. She said, “What are knitting?”

“A sock”, I replied and showed her the finished first sock. “That will be lovely. I used to knit but not anymore.” She cited eye problems and arthritis in the hands, the usual suspects. We chatted a few more minutes and I looked about the room. An elderly gent towards the back of the room was also smiling and nodding as were two Mexican ladies.

It was a nice way to spend an hour that I otherwise would have been not too happy about and all because I was knitting in public.


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Old 08-09-2009, 11:05 PM   #2
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Aw, what a nice story! That really tugs at the heart. I read somewhere (I'm sorry I don't remember where) that even non-knitters find watching someone knit to be soothing and comforting.
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That's sweet. I knit at my last mammo appt, too. People were watching, but no one said anything that time. It's fun to watch the reactions.
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:16 AM   #4
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I was on the subway knitting once too...and if you think you get stared at when you are not being creative....just imagine the stares you get when you are...

I find it funny how it is usually only one or two brave souls who actually ask what you are making....*smiles*
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My son (age 2) has had to have several surgeries since birth. Knitting has proven to be the best way to keep me occupied during the surgeries. I always thought that I got a lot of looks because of the strange way I knit, but I'm starting to think that they're just interested. (Plus, you've all made me less self-conscious about my technique)
Also, I think that my age startles some people (I'm 26). I think a lot of people think that only old ladies knit. So not true. It's interesting, though isn't it?
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Best health to your son, Mandacita.

It was a really wonderful way to pass an hour!

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I enjoyed reading your story. I too find that when I knit in public that people are genuinely interested and friendly, and some engage me in conversation just because of it....sometimes just to ask: "what are you knitting?" but it often begins a longer conversation. Thanks for sharing.
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i get looks when i knit on the train on the way to work. i think i a lot of it has to do with my age though, i'm 23 but i look young.
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i get looks when i knit on the train on the way to work. i think i a lot of it has to do with my age though, i'm 23 but i look young.
You "LOOK YOUNG"?.......sweetie, trust me.......you ARE young
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I was knitting in the ER in Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland, waiting for them to decide whether they were going to admit my partner or not. (They did, eventually.) Lots of people were sort of watching me knit (not much to do in an ER), and eventually a woman who looked at the end of her tether came in with a young boy, sat down, looked over at me, and said, "Now, you had the right idea, so." Then she promptly shut her eyes and appeared to go to sleep.

Another time I was on a bus in London, knitting on a charity hat. I looked up to find three young teenagers and a Indian older woman watching me, the first rather goggle eyed and the latter smiling and nodding. The lady leaned forward, patted my hand, and said, "Is beautiful, beautiful colors!" I said, "thank you, it's for a charity for the homeless." She beamed and nodded again, and then we all went back to doing the standard London "don't talk to strangers on a bus" thing.
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