I really don’t think twice about taking my knitting with me just about anywhere that I go. And sometimes I do even actually have the time to pull it out and work for a little while. Usually while the kids are busy playing somewhere, like the mall or the library…
It is interesting though to see how people react when they see me knitting. Some just make eye contact and smile, some completely ignore me altogether, and others probably don’t even notice or think twice. But oftentimes there’s someone who will come up and (sometimes shyly) ask me what I’m making. I always like that – talking about knitting is almost as much fun as actually working with the needles. And I’m always interested to hear if they’re fellow knitters (or crocheters) or not.
On the flip side, I love seeing other people knitting when I’m out in public too. And it makes things so much easier to get started when you’re looking for a good way to approach somebody too. It’s simpler to say “oh, what’s that you’re making?” than come up with a whole topic of conversation out of nowhere.
I just wish I were better at taking the conversation beyond knitting on these occasions… I’m a huge introvert and once you get past the “oh what are you making?” small talk, I’m usually at a loss for where to go next.
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve taken my knitting along to my middle daughter’s soccer practices. It’s a 1-1/2 hour, very long time to sit without anything to do otherwise, and was probably one big reason why I was able to finish the second Snookie last week. Tonight, I took the sock and worked away for a good while. And got into a really good conversation with another mom who also knits a little bit here and there. She’d never seen anyone knitting on dpns before so was very curious what that was all about.
For someone who’s shy, knitting in public (KIP) can be a good ice breaker – or a way to avoid awkward conversations if you want to be left alone for a while. For an extrovert, I would imagine that KIP is a good way to start conversations when you want to as well.
If you’re a knitter (or crocheter), do you take your work along when you’re out in public? Do you have good conversations or meet interesting people when you knit?