I was wearing my Rib Warmer vest this AM. (Can be seen here if you like: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/newamy/ribwarmer-revisited-so42--wg-58)
A woman says to me “That’s a lovely sweater or vest” as she touched it and examined the color.
I said “Thank you,” slight pause, and then with a touch of knitterly pride added, “I made it.”
She says “Did you really?!” sounding somewhat amazed.
I started to say “yes… so really, thank you.”
But she continued on with “not that you don’t look like a completely intelligent and capable person, but wow, neat that you made that.”
I was not insulted at all and didn’t take her surprise at my making its as anything but general admiration. In fact I chuckled when she tried to explain away her surprise. So I told her that her compliment reminded me of this quote: “Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands, and slightly below-average intelligence. Of course superior intelligence, such as yours and mine, is an advantage.” by Elizabeth Zimmerman, and the vest was designed by her as well. She wasn’t a knitter but that made her laugh.
The whole interaction just was very amusing to me. If it doesn’t sound as funny to you I guess you had to be there.