Every week, I meet up with my knitting group. There are nine of us, and we vary in age, background, beliefs... pretty much any possible way you can differ. They're some of my most favorite people to hang out with. Our location changes, and we rarely talk about actual knitting, but we meet up and let our fingers do the crafting while we share histories, stresses, excitment, and TONS of laughing.
I could brag on my knit group for an entire post, but one of the best unintended consequences of being in the group is we knit in public, but no one bugs us about it. Maybe it's intimidating to approach a group, or we just give off a hostile vibe. (Ha!)
That seems like an odd thing to be thankful for, but it's frustrating to be out somewhere, probably a doctor's office or airport terminal or some other horrifically boring wait-cage, and have someone sidle up to you with pity and "helpful words of encouragement," like:
"Did you know you can buy those things pre-made? Hurr Hurr"
No, friendly stranger, I had no idea. Pre-made socks and sweaters? I do declare. Now I'll have all this free time to navel-gaze or flip through a five-month-old, greasy copy of Reader's Digest. Thank you for your thoughtful insight!
"Gosh, I just don't know how you find the time to do that. I'm so busy, I just couldn't even finish something!"
Wow, this is like a condescending hat trick! I must be bored, lazy, and less interesting than you!
"What are you, like 60 years old?!"
No, really. I have actually had a total stranger say that to me. One with a soul patch.
Secondly, it's apparent that people of many ages knit. See, I can prove this because I am knitting and I am in my 20's. Children can knit. Get this: men can knit, too! You could be making use of your hands for something other than a tired Trent Reznor impersonation by learning a skill!
I love interactions where people are genuinely interested. I'll always answer if someone wants to know what I'm making, or what craft I'm doing ("Are you sewing something?"). I'll point them toward resources if they say they always wanted to learn, or I'll say thank you if I get a compliment. Those folks are awesome.
So there you have it. Be nice, or face the wrath of Blanche!
(Win some patterns!)