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Crocheting in Public

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I am sure many, if not all, of you have had that moment… That day that you decide to take your latest work in progress along to the nearest coffee shop, park or other public place to work on. That day you find yourself torn between cringing and bursting out in laughter at the comments and looks you get.

On Sundays my husband attends a men’s group, so during that time I usually sit in a cafe and work on whatever I happen to bring along that day while enjoying a tea. Not only do I get some great work done, relax and enjoy some me time in a different environment, but there is also ENDLESS entertainment to be found in the reactions of those around me.

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Lets start with the looks… the looks seriously make my day! That person who walks past and then you notice 30 seconds later they walk past again…. and again…. As if they want SO badly to say something to you, but they can’t bring themselves to stop and say it, so instead they continue to pace by trying to either take it all in or drum up their courage. What about the one that is so busy staring they walk into the chair or table in front of them and then scurry away embarrassed. Some will catch your eye and smile, and I swear that from the look in their eye you can spot the fellow crafter!

Then there are the compliments. There is almost always atleast one person who stops to tell you what they think of the project you’re working on, and I’ve yet to have that comment be anything but positive (can you imagine walking up to someone and being like ‘Hey, that item you’re making is HORRIBLE’ lol). It not only makes you smile, but you feel that little boost of ‘You’re right… I can make something that looks good and warrants a compliment’! This is especially gratifying when you’re working on that stretch project – The project that you knew was just past your comfort level enough that you weren’t positive whether you’d pull it off or not, but it was worth a try.

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The questions, oh the questions…. Some of my favourite include (as well as the responses I would LOVE to give, but keep instead in my head each time):

“Did you make that?” (as I am working on a project that’s about 3/4 done). Yes actually, I bought this blanket 3/4 finished so I could sit here and tinker with it just to fool people like you into thinking I have the ability to make this. 

“My mother once made (insert specific pattern item here) and it was great! Have you made that?” I am positive that in the THOUSANDS of patterns available to me at any given time, especially since the creation of the internet and online pattern sharing, that I have DEFINITELY come across that EXACT pattern and made it!

(I will add that one just makes me laugh because atleast they are showing some interest in the craft right?)

“Aren’t you too young to be doing that?” I must have missed the memo when I purchased my first hook that said ‘you must be atleast this age to handle this item’. 

That one drives me NUTS! I mean REALLY drives me nuts! I hate that we have this perception surrounding knitting and crocheting that its an older persons hobby. I wish that more young people would get out there and knit/crochet in public so that we can start opening the eyes of those that believe this one by one, make them realize that not only is it NOT an ‘older person’s hobby’, but its actually quite popular among our generation, and the generation coming up behind us!

“Can you make me a (insert stereotypical item here)” (by this I am not referring to the one that ACTUALLY appreciates and wants a hand made item, and is aware of the time/effort put into them) Why yes, I will just whip that up for you here quickly while you have your coffee, and I will only charge you $5 for it too… I mean its not like its any different then the hat/scarf/mittens/socks/etc that you see at Walmart or Target!

At the end of the day, when all is said and done, I have a great time reading people’s reactions. Most (not quite all) make me smile, or chuckle, and the few that make me roll my eyes are usually limited…. I enjoy getting out there and being said doing this because I am proud to be able to crochet! I hope to see some of you out there enjoying me! Please feel free to share your favourite pictures of you crocheting or knitting in your favourite places, I will share them in an upcoming blog! They can be sent to: contactus@lovinglyhooked.com.

Don’t forget,crocheting is also a GREAT way to pass the time on a road trip… especially when you take them as often as we do with my family living approximately 5-6 hours from us!

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Happy Hooking!

 

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Author: brittmk

28 year old wife, pet lover, crochet addict, musician, Christian and Ovarian Cancer Survivor

25 thoughts on “Crocheting in Public

  1. I have yet to knit/crochet in public (sounds funny to put it that way). I loved your post… Something to look forward to 🙂

  2. My pet peeve is people who compliment me on my knitting when I am crocheting or visa versa. I mean, I guess they don’t know but every time I want to say “knitting is two needles, crocheting is a hook!”

  3. The “Aren’t you to young to be doing that?” really gets under my skin. Someone even joked one time and said, “You look like a little old granny with your yarn and hooks.” Don’t even let me start with the looks I get when I’m buying a ton of yarn at one time and then continue on shopping in the store for other things. They look in my cart as if I had rope, duct tape, and a shovel inside it.

  4. I was knitting in public today but it was around a bunch of men and they didn’t care.

    My last comment didn’t show up but I said my biggest pet peeve is when people who say something about my knitting when I am crocheting. Drives me nuts. Not everything with yarn is knitting!

  5. Thank you! I was giggling whilist reading this as I too knit and crochet in public and I have heard many of these comments. I agree that you can spot a fellow crafter.

    If I’m caught waiting anywhere without craft I’m lost. Just playing around with a crochet hook and a bit of yarn really passes the time.

  6. I’ve done it at the Doctor’s – people watched me like they were hypnotised!

  7. Reblogged this on UK Crochet Patterns and commented:
    I’ve crocheted in public. At the doctor’s, people watched me like they were hypnotized!

  8. I knit and crochet all the time on the train. I’d go mad if I didn’t. I usually take the train to Glasgow and that’s a good two hour journey! I have a lot of people just sitting there, mouths open, staring at me. Only a few have ever commented, but then again, I do tend to have my earphones in and a ‘don’t talk to me’ face on! I was crocheting some mittens on a train a few months ago and four kids at the table seat in front of me were all peeking through the gap between the seats, just staring. A little eerie when you didn’t know they were doing it and just happened to glance up! I’m only a young (23) knitter and crocheter (I do spinning and dyeing and all that jazz too) and it does surprise people. But I love it! Long like Knitting and Crocheting in public!!!

  9. I loved reading about your experiences with crocheting in public! I love to crochet so much, I tend to bring my yarn and hook with me wherever I go–in the car, at the senior center where I volunteer, to appointments, etc. sometimes I feel a little self-conscious crocheting in public (feeling like the 26 year old grandma, lol!), but I’ve been getting used to doing this and I’m proud of it actually. And yes, I get compliments too. I can agree with you–I wish more young people would do more knitting and crocheting in public. Or even better, have a “young person knitting/crocheting group”. That would be awesome! I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts! 🙂
    -Jenn

  10. I have been taking my crochet projects with me lately and I’ve been surprised at the reactions from people. One place in particular I had several women come up to me and tell me that they had been wanting to get back into it and had some particular project they wanted to get started on. I felt
    as if I inspired them 🙂

  11. I crochet in public all the time and folks are always so interested in it – I’ve had a few people as how I learned. I’ve never tried crocheting in the car, but I have a tendency to get car sick, so I’m not sure how well that’d work out! Great post. 🙂

  12. Ditto with hand piecing for patchwork…..hours of entertainment!!

  13. So true! I get #1 all the time. Such an illogical question! My favourite is how people always associate crochet/knitting with a relative who made them things they now appreciate even more in retrospect. I always crochet in the car too!

  14. I too hate being told I’m too young to do that. I crochet while watching my kids at their various summer sports. At their baseball games everyone knows me as the ‘crochet lady’.

  15. I once crocheted in a pub in England while I was with my mum, who was knitting. We had a nice tea, were on a great sofa, and the men at the pub were looking at us oddly and making jokes about us when we were there for five minutes (it was in the afternoon, by the way). After a while they saw how good we were at our crafts and they stopped making jokes. I was amused. I also crocheted on the train once and I had a lovely old lady opposite of me who smiled at me every time I accidentally looked at her. Apart from that I don’t crochet outside of any home often. I should, it’s amusing and refreshing.

    • I have crocheted on the charter buses that I used to take to and from visiting family. Always got interesting comments from people who wanted to see what I was doing.

  16. Luckily for you I am one of young crafters who does crocheting/knitting in public and I’m only 26 years old. And indeed the looks that you get are very amusing.

  17. I have thought about crocheting in public, but I don’t stay in one place long enough to try that. This post made me smile though considering I tend to people watch. Very entertaining! My friends and family love what I make and are ready to receive a handmade gift at any time.

    • That’s the friends and family that are most fun to crochet for, the ones that love what you make 🙂

      • A dear friend of mine is always sending me pictures and patterns of crocheted items from Pintrest. I love the feeling get when they enjoy and use what I have made for them. I have had many people ask where I got this or that (that I have made) which starts a whole conversation. Usually ending with them telling me I should sell my work. Then it would be less fun and more like a job…

      • I totally understand that! There is nothing more satisfying as a crafter then to see your creations being loved and appreciated 🙂

      • My husband is one of those people! He is always asking me if I can create something for him. He loves handcrafted things. It’s so sweet!!! I have made him a blanket, a thick winter hat, scarf, beanie, fingerless gloves, and I just finished house slippers. I tend to spoil him….but how can I resist? It’s good practice.

      • The men’s loafer slippers I shared here on the blog were my husband’s favourite Christmas gift, he uses them daily lol

      • We have sweet hubbies!!!! My husband’s favorite were his wool fingerless gloves. 🙂

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