Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Knitting in public - just do it

There was a short discussion on ravelry recently after a member expressed her ‘immediate annoyance’ at a blog entry on just-humor-me.blogspot.com. I’ll save you the trouble of reading it by telling you it’s basically an ex-knitter saying that there are no situations in which knitting in public is appropriate. And furthermore, there’s no way to look cool when you’re knitting unless you’re Sarah Jessica Parker.

Hmmmn, what do you think? It doesn’t strike me as anything to get immediately annoyed about. Unless you’re a knitter and the blog writer’s your mother. But I don’t really get this thing of being annoyed – immediately or otherwise - by the opinions of some random person on the internet that you’re never going to meet and who has no influence over what you do. What a waste of energy. Like one poster said, there are people whose opinions you should care about but this lady isn’t one of them. Plus, she was obviously trying to be funny and she’s hardly in Frankie Boyle’s league for causing offence while in pursuit of humour, is she? I wonder if she’s at all worried about making random ravellers annoyed – probably not. I reckon it’s ratcheted up her blog visitor stats nicely.

Anyway, knitting in public...have to admit - and this is a biggie for a wool shop owner - I’m not a big fan of Worldwide Knit in Public Day. My plans for an event locally fell apart, but I was only ever planning something because I felt I should, and that’s never a good reason for doing anything. The way I see it tho’, I knit in public anyway, so I’m already living it. And I can’t be doing with the ‘look at me, I’m knitting’ aspect. The only way we’ll get knitting in public to be seen as normal is to just do it. Not to do it while proclaiming about it, which in itself makes it something special. Well, that’s how it seems to me anyway. Please don’t be immediately annoyed with me.


  1. Ive seen people knitting in public and not batted an eye lid.

    As you say...just do it!

  2. Absolutely. I see it as being just as socially acceptable as reading a book. (And why would knitting not be socially acceptable?)

    Do you knit, Casdok? (In between all the other things you do, that is!)

  3. Anonymous11/01/2011

    i knit in places i have to wait along time like the hospital amazing how many people chat with me as i knit. Breaks the ice. Also as am nervous it gives me something to do with my hands and not bite around my fingers and have something beautiful at the end of it. :)