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« Reply #280 on: June 17, 2007 09:08:29 AM »

I know the feeling. When I go to the doc I take my knitting with me and sit in a quiet area away from everyone so I can do it right and not mess up.

Well 9 times out of 10 someone has to come to the other side of the place and ask me 100 questions. I have to stop knitting and tell them. Once I answer all there questions most of the time they go away.

But theres a few who must sit right next to me and gaze at my hands. I cant stand for someone to stare at my hands while im knitting. I cant think of what im doing. All thats running thru my head is "why is she watching my hands?she cant even tell what Im doing! The stitches im working on are between my hands,she cant see there. Please go away so I can work on my item!"

So needless to say I dont get anything done 9 times out of 10. Sad

There was one time tho where I was happy to show someone what I was doing. Smiley

This woman came up to me in the docs office and said her granddaughter asked her if she could ask the lady with the yarn a question. So I told her sure!
The little girl,maybe 6 years old, asked me "what is that pretty thing your making?" (Its was just the top of a chirstmas stocking.But I was making the top,heel and toe in pink and the rest in black.) I only had the top pink section done and about 4-5" done on the leg section. But I sat there and told her everything I was doing!

She had a smile on her face the whole time! She was learning crochet at the time from her grandmother. The grandmother told me she was raising her and that the girl loved watching anyone whos making something with yarn! But I was the first person she had ever wanted to go ask a question to! I was sooo happy! I Think she will be a knitter or crocheter when she gets older! You know we might be knitting one of her patterns one day!  Smiley
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« Reply #281 on: June 17, 2007 01:19:00 PM »

Aw, what a great story! That little girl sounds so sweet!

I also hate it when people stare at whatever I'm doing. I also love to read, and for some reason, people like to stare at me reading. Tongue They say that I'm a fast reader.
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« Reply #282 on: June 17, 2007 03:50:11 PM »

I also hate it when people stare at whatever I'm doing.

I completely agree! I don't mind if people ask what I'm knitting, but then again, I've only ever had actual knitters who are really interested talk to me. It's when people stare at me waiting for that second head to emerge I get just a litle bit ticked off. On the train home this week a woman watched me knit for 4 hours! 4 whole hours. It was downright creepy.
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« Reply #283 on: June 17, 2007 05:11:22 PM »

I think I"m pretty much a horrible person for this...usually I knit on the bus (because our transit system is that craptacular that I have a one hour bus ride to and from work) and when people give me that "Aw...ain't she quaint?" look and look like they're approaching and ask what I'm making I usually just go "Oh this? This is to hold my illegally smuggled cocaine! People wouldn't even THINK a person who knits gets high on cocaine!"

 Tongue they usually catch on to the sarcasm, a few people on the bus laugh, and then I"m usually left alone for the rest of the bus ride.
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« Reply #284 on: June 21, 2007 04:01:24 AM »

I've just started my commute to London again after a 4-year break and things are still the same. People usually just ignore everyone else and I'm happy with it that way.

But last week I was busy working on my current sock when the 3 seats around me were taken by a group of loud and annoying 'suits'. The woman opposite me and her friend next to me kept exchanging glances, then had the following conversation:

Woman 1: Chicken Run
Woman 2: What?
Woman 1: Chicken Run. Have you seen it?
Woman 2: Yes... why?
Woman 1 (glancing at me): I can't tell you now. Watch it when you get home, you'll know what I'm talking about.
Woman 2: Oh, I get what you mean now. Hahahaha.

Now I really didn't mind the comparison to a fat-arsed cartoon chicken, but what really got my goat was... Did they honestly think I was too stupid to get what they were talking about? Grr. Anyway I gave them a really filthy look and at least they had the decency to look embarrasssed.
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« Reply #285 on: June 21, 2007 04:40:10 AM »

Wow, THAT'S rude! 
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« Reply #286 on: June 21, 2007 04:46:26 AM »

No kidding! Incredibly rude, and I don't even get the reference.
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« Reply #287 on: June 21, 2007 05:11:53 AM »

No kidding! Incredibly rude, and I don't even get the reference.

I'm guessing there was a knitting chicken in the movie.  I haven't seen it, but I think I remember a scene from a commercial or something.
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« Reply #288 on: June 21, 2007 05:52:54 AM »

My God. I am repeatedly shocked by people's rudeness (not specifically about knitting). Recently at a concert I was wearing my Fetching gloves in red. On the way out, well you know how the stadium's full and on the stairs everyone is literally shoulder-to-shoulder shuffling out... a girl was on my left (pressed against me) and her guy was on her left. He said in a low voice to her 'interesting gloves'. She says 'What?' 'The red gloves' he says with a nod toward my hands. Now her head is about 10 inches to the left of mine. Did he think I wouldn't be able to hear him? Seriously! (I felt like explaining to him, you know, gloves are to keep your hands warm, and we're outside at night, so it's cold, so I wore some warm clothes)
I would have explained to the subway girl in a loud voice 'She said Chicken Run because there's a character in the movie that knits, and I'm knitting, so she thought it was relevant. Kind of like how if I had a friend with me, if I were extremely rude, I might nod at you and say 'mean girls, you know the movie' cause it has those bitchy girls and you're really rude.' Okay, that last part would have been saved for in my head...
you were very restrained not to call her up on it!
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« Reply #289 on: June 21, 2007 06:18:29 AM »

I really wish I'd had the presence of mind to make a snappy comeback. Or the balls to poke them with my dpns Wink

(And I'm revealing my Brit-centric outlook by assuming everyone has seen Chicken Run Embarrassed It's a remake of The Great Escape with animated chickens, one of whom knits. It's quite funny.)
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