I was waiting for my DS in the orthodontic office the other day and always take my knitting. However the reception there always has to say something about my knitting and ask me a dozen questions. Usually I don’t mind people asking me, but I found that lately I opt to wait in the car and knit that go in the office. She is the type of person who is kind of over the top when she talks to you about anything. What annoys me isn’t so much that she asks about my projects, but she consistently tells me that she could never do that, she only knits in squares with one stitch. Ok, that is fine, but she has to tell me that every single time I am in there. And not to mention there are usually several other people waiting for their kids too!
This particular visit she did the same thing, awed over my shawl, made her usual comments, but then the older lady across from me, pulled out her knitting project and said “you must be an expert, can help me figure out what I am doing wrong.” At that point I wanted to just disappear like Froto with his magic ring. But I didn’t, I smiled and offered to help her, assuring her I am not expert. Turns out she was learning to knit and trying to make a scarf using 3 strands of yarns at a time. She was doing the garter stitch and I removed a yo and fixed her dropped stitch. Wasn’t much, but she really was doing a good job from I noticed. I told her about our LYS and to check it out, everyone is really nice there and helpful. She attempted her project again, but then got frustrated and threw it back in her bag. Too which she added that she was only doing this for her sister and she didn’t really want to learn to knit anyways! And sewing was a lot easier!
I smiled and said when I first learned it was hard and it did get easier, but I didn’t really know what else to say! I didn’t tell her this, I also sew, but it took me 30 something years to get really good at it. I only started knitting last year and wished I had started knitting 30 years ago, think of all the sweaters I could have already knitted! :roflhard:
How do you respond to people when you are knitting and they make you feel uncomfortable?