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« Reply #450 on: August 22, 2007 11:11:30 PM »

Why is it that one time time I actually want someone to ask about what I'm knitting, people avoid me like i'm the plague! I really want to say I'm knitting a dinosaur , especially when it's blatantly obvious that it's a scarf. Oh well, at least no creepy guys are trying to hit on me. Smiley
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« Reply #451 on: September 17, 2007 07:18:01 PM »

Darn inconsiderate fellow commuters!  Angry
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« Reply #452 on: September 17, 2007 07:53:34 PM »

Has anyone ever heard "So when's the baby due?!" when you're knitting in public? Usually from an obnoxious older man who thinks he's funny? That used to happen to me when I worked at a movie theater and would knit during the downtimes. I thought that it was EXTREMELY rude. Where do these people come from?!
One day I couldn't take it anymore and snapped, "You know, that's a REALLY rude thing to say to a woman who's not pregnant." When he started to mumble "Oh I'm sorry I didn't mean it like that..."


I have never had that comment.............. but if I did I think I would say "very soon, but it is my sister/best-freind/cousin/aunt's baby.......)  but you are right - it is RUDE!

Why on earth do people automatically think that if you are knitting you MUST be knitting for a baby?
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« Reply #453 on: September 17, 2007 08:44:29 PM »

Why on earth do people automatically think that if you are knitting you MUST be knitting for a baby?

Stereotypes.  Don't we love them?
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« Reply #454 on: September 17, 2007 08:49:01 PM »

I started knitting this past May, and since I had an entire free summer ... I knitted everywhere. From coffee shops to bookstores to the park. I got absolutely zero comments on it.

But, I am a bit of a recluse, and am quite anti-social. So, I try my best to give off the "stay away" vibe. Guess it worked, because I must have knitted in public everyday for the whole summer. 
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« Reply #455 on: September 17, 2007 11:32:13 PM »

Has anyone ever heard "So when's the baby due?!" when you're knitting in public? Usually from an obnoxious older man who thinks he's funny? That used to happen to me when I worked at a movie theater and would knit during the downtimes. I thought that it was EXTREMELY rude. Where do these people come from?!
One day I couldn't take it anymore and snapped, "You know, that's a REALLY rude thing to say to a woman who's not pregnant." When he started to mumble "Oh I'm sorry I didn't mean it like that..."


I have never had that comment.............. but if I did I think I would say "very soon, but it is my sister/best-freind/cousin/aunt's baby.......)  but you are right - it is RUDE!

Why on earth do people automatically think that if you are knitting you MUST be knitting for a baby?

oh man... I was in a clinic waiting for an ultrasound and the woman next to me asked me when I was due...

sure, ultrasound clinics are safer locations to ask such questions but seriously... SO not pregnant...  I've taken the tack of, unless she says something first, or her t-shirt says something blatantly obvious (like my mother's "oops!" tee, seriously, she had one, and my bro and I were planned!), I don't mention the 'bump' because you never know... maybe her bladder's just really really full, waiting for an abdominal ultrasound...
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« Reply #456 on: September 18, 2007 04:48:01 AM »

Has anyone ever heard "So when's the baby due?!" when you're knitting in public? Usually from an obnoxious older man who thinks he's funny? That used to happen to me when I worked at a movie theater and would knit during the downtimes. I thought that it was EXTREMELY rude. Where do these people come from?!
One day I couldn't take it anymore and snapped, "You know, that's a REALLY rude thing to say to a woman who's not pregnant." When he started to mumble "Oh I'm sorry I didn't mean it like that..."



That is soooo familiar.... Last time it happened, my mom was standing right next to me. She nearly had a heart attack (she hadn't seen me in 3 or 4 months and I had gained a pound or 2 since). Talk about embarrasing Wink
Normally I don't mind people asking questions (if you're KIPing, it's bound to happen).

What I do hate are people thinking they're funny (like the baby remark) or people that pick up your stuff and start toying around with it (unwinding a ball of yarn is apparently a fascinating pass-time, so are clicking rowcounters, picking up a pattern from under your nose, leafing through it and then putting it back where they got it (but closed or on a completely different page)... I could go on and on.
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« Reply #457 on: September 18, 2007 10:11:55 AM »

Weird.  People don't ask too much when I'm knitting.  I usually keep a no brainer project when I will be KIP.  I take my son to soccer every Friday, and have a conversation with one of the moms while knitting.  Strangely, she never inquired either.  LOL! Maybe I'm surrounded by artisans and don't know it...??
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« Reply #458 on: September 18, 2007 10:41:49 AM »

I do have to say though, the one group of people I cut some slack for are are service employees. If I'm at a restaurant and the waiter asks me about my knitting, I usually assume that they're just trying to do their job well and I'll happily answer any questions they have.

And a server has never done the "So when's the baby due?!" line at me. Usually when it happens, it's an obnoxious older man with a bad sense of humor.
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« Reply #459 on: November 19, 2007 10:33:01 AM »

one of these things:

1) I don't have time for that
2)I don't have the patience to sit there for "that long" doing that


Ughhhhh.  This annoys the crap out of me.  I was in my pediatrician's office today (my 9 month old had a checkup) and this lady was in there with her baby.  I was working on a hat and one lady was very nice and asked me where I learned to knit and how long it took me to learn, etc.  Well, this other lady looks and says "I wish I had TIME to learn how to do that" and I didn't say anything and then she says "I don't have the patience to just sit there for 'that long'".   I say nothing, instead I just kind of snort.  What I'm thinking is "Lady, please.  Here you are with your ONE kid complaining about how you don't have time to do ANYTHING, while I have 3 KIDS, one of which is 9 months old and into everything, so don't TELL me you don't have time."  As a matter of fact, I don't have time either, but I make time because I enjoy it.  Also, that whole "I don't have the patience to just sit there for 'that long'" thing makes me want to kill somebody.  Really?  Well, when I'm "just sitting there", I'm usually watching tv, breastfeeding my baby, and knitting at the same time, or something along those lines, so I'm not very well just SITTING THERE am I?  Ughhhh.  Non crafty people aggravate me SO much sometimes.  Anyone else have complete and total strangers make you feel like a time-wasting, lazy piece of crap when you knit in public?
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