I have to say, learning to KIP (knit in public) was fairly hard for me. I wasn’t ashamed- I’m a very proud knitter. I just don’t like being looked at. Stared at. Oogled. Whichever.
Having once been an advocate of breastfeeding (I still am an avocate, I just don’t have a baby to feed anymore), it may be hard to believe I am that anxious about KIP. I nursed in public, (NIP) with blankets and such, but NIP doesn’t actually get many stares. Dirty looks, yes, but not stares- if someone stares at that, it makes them some kinda pervert, I think.
But KIP gets looks. At first, that made me really nervous- I started to be concious of how fast I was knitting, or if I looked like a newbie. I’d make mistakes because I was so caught up in doing it right.
But recently, I’ve noticed it doesn’t matter anymore. I just do it. And I almost enjoy the looks. Occassionally someone will ask something: mostly people that are a bit off, sometimes drunk or kinda crazy. I no longer mind (if fact, if you have to have a conversation with a crazy person, it helps to have a harmless topic ready at your fingertips).
Mostly I knit socks- if I have to make a long bus trip, I’ll start a simple sock the night before to take with me. Sometimes its too crowded to pull out the knitting- if you start knitting on the bus with a bunch of people still standing up, I think it kinda makes them jealous. Which could be a good thing, if you’re that kinda person. I’m not.
But I have to tell you, one day I was punished for my bold KIP. I was on a bus that was semi-busy. You know, a handful of people still standing. I had a seat, of course (I dare anyone to knit while STANDING on a bus!) so I pulled out my sock. I’m happily knitting along, and come to the end of a dp needle. I go to switch needles, and ‘pling!’ the loose needle flies up in the air, above a few heads and lands at the feet of some of these poor souls that were standing. Beet red, I had to literally crawl on the bus floor and ask a few people to move. I got back to me seat and put the rest of the knitting away, and pretended to be asleep for the rest of the trip.
It didn’t scar me though, as is evidenced by my continued KIP. I’m just very, very careful now, and only do it on the bus when I have a couple seats to myself. And I’m currently reconsidering the whole idea of dp needles being the best projects for KIP.
Now for some finished projects. First, my elephant hat.
Not as soft or warm as I’d like, and frankly I need to loosen up when I knit with color, but still, I’m happy. I think it looks better on me than my daughter (but don’t tell her that, please). I’m making myself a new one anyhow- I want something sinfully soft.
Next, the cowl and fingerless gloves i’ve made for my sister for xmas:
I’m very proud of these. I LOVE the yarn, which is so soft, I can’t bear to throw out the meter or so I have left. I hope she likes them too.
Finally, the socks I made for my husbands stepgrandmother (how complicated family relations are now!).
Nothing fancy, but I’m proud of them. I love toe up socks now, and the Knitty formula I’m using, so much so that I don’t want to use anything else. Really, not a very productive attitude.
Well, that’s it for now. I’m off this afternoon for a yarn orgy! I’m going to Romni yarns, which has the most yarn I have ever seen! I only have a $100 to spend (really, I shouldn’t spend it but its for xmas presents!) but I hope to come home with lots of goodies! I’ll be dying to write about it… if I can pull myself away from actually knitting!