Ok. So I suppose that on top of being male I probably don’t look like someone who should be knitting. I have a shaved head, my ears are gauged and pierced with an industrial and a rook. I’m tattooed. I guess people, at least when they look at me, wouldn’t think that I would knit.
I went to a LYS today. First time that I’ve been there. The lady working there was fantastic. I went in to pick up a 20" 10.5 circ to work on this cowl I’ve got going. Apparently they were having an impromptu knitting class with a young girl who had come into the store with her mother. The cashier was helping the girl with continental knitting and there were a few other women who had stopped to watch as well. It’s a small store and only one person was working. I didn’t mind waiting, but I watched as the lady instructed the girl on how to do it. The girl was holding her left hand in an odd position, her hand was rotated too far and it was pulling the yarn really far from the needle, and she kept missing when she tried to catch the yarn.
The lady helping her didn’t really catch why she was having trouble, probably just didn’t see what she was doing from the angle she was watching her, so I walked over and politely said, “Hey, here’s how I do it.” I repositioned her hands and showed her how I do a little backwards rotation on my left hand right as I catch the yarn to make it easier.
I swear they looked at me like I had three heads. The kids mother looked at me and said, “Wow, you sound like you might actually know what you’re doing.” To which I replied, “Well, the needles I’m here to pick up today certainly aren’t for my girlfriend, so I hope I have some clue of how to use them.” I suppose male knitters are in short supply in my town, cuz those ladies certainly weren’t prepared for me.