I've been knitting for several years, all self-taught. I was a little shy at first to knit in public. But now I'm proud to be a male knitter and will knit in public w/o any fear. I've been amazed by how many people stop to ask me questions. Most ask what I'm knitting. While others often say that they wished they could knit. Granted most have been women but I have had some men who have stopped me (all very nice). I look at knitting in public as a way to evangelize men who knit and to inspire others to get hooked (up pun slightly intended).
I also promote this site whenever possible. It is the best site on the internet for knitting help and for a great knitting forum.
Happy Holidays All!
Knitcrazed (aka Keith)