To begin, I’d like to share an exchange that occurred in a waiting room last year:
Young boy: HEY! What are you doing?
Me: Oh, hey there. You mean this? I’m crocheting a scarf.
Young boy: CROW-saying?
Me: Right, close! I’m crocheting. See, you use this hook to make loops with the yarn.
Young boy: (yells across room) MOM, LOOK AT WHAT THIS GIRL IS SEWING.
Young boy’s mother: Honey, that’s not sewing. She’s knitting.
Public crafting—like anything you do that’s not “staring blankly at the ground”—opens you (and your work) up to an immediate and directed dialogue with strangers; as most of you have experienced, this is both good and bad!
In honor of “Knit & Crochet in Public Week” (which kicked off last Saturday), I’d like to present the best stranger comments I’ve heard over the last couple of weeks (from parks to cafes), all in relation to the same in-progress Brava blanket pictured above:
- “That’s beautiful! And it’s nice to see people doing REAL work in here—not just checking their Facebooks and blogs.”
- “Are you making a curtain? Like, a giant 1970’s curtain?”
- “I used to crochet when I was a girl! My mother taught me and all my sisters. I even started making little skirts and little tops. But then I had kids! They stain everything nice.”
- “That looks like my favorite polo shirt. I mean, those are the same colors. I don’t think that actually looks like a polo shirt.”
And now I turn it to you: What’s the best thing a stranger has said while you were crafting in public? Bonus points awarded for extreme humor or horror.