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.
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.
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: email@example.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!