Last week, we brought you a few stories from our readers about their experiences knitting and crocheting in public. Today, we want to share a longer story from Jessica Leete of Orchard Park, NY.
I often spend my weekend mornings at the local Starbucks for a few hours, enjoying my specialty coffee while working on my most recent crochet project. Although I love the coffee shop atmosphere, it can often get quite noisy as well, so I usually also bring my laptop and earbuds so I can listen to music or play a TV episode in the background to help drown out the noise. As a result, I am often zoned into my project, completely oblivious to the sounds and activity around me.
On a number of occasions, I have looked up from my project to find someone sheepishly standing right in front of me, who has undoubtedly been clearing their throat a few times to get my attention, while I unaware, had been crocheting away.
I quickly pull my earbuds out and apologize that I hadn’t heard them. On most occasions, it is a a woman who simply wants to pass on a compliment regarding what I am ‘knitting’. I always give a big smile and a ‘thank you’, while politely clarifying that I am actually crocheting, but reassuring them that they are quite similar and easily confused. I love these small chances to spread a little knowledge on these two crafts and their differences.
In one instance, I was actually addressed by two guys from the adjacent table. The one looked at my project and said, “You are crocheting, right?” Impressed, I replied with “yes” and a smile. He continued that his grandmother used to crochet all the time when he was young and that he didn’t know crocheting was done any more.
I definitely had to stifle a laugh. I told him that crochet is still around and actually becoming quite popular recently. I loved the opportunity to increase the awareness of my craft.
My favorite instances though are when kids are around. They don’t just stare, but they come right up to my chair and stand next to me watching my every yarn over and draw through. They cannot help themselves—they are just so curious to see something they never have before. The parents are always embarrassed and try to call the kids away, but I quickly intervene and assure them it isn’t a problem. I happily answer any questions they have and show them step by step how I complete each stitch.