I conquered the first 1/3 of a baby sweater I’ve had to rip back two or three times. I’ve been telling my friends because most of them are able to humour me. However, a few have said "Conquered? Jeez Aidan, it’s not a mountain or anything!"
It’s not a mountain.
So this morning I just asked one of them point-blank “Have YOU ever knitted a sweater?” And they didn’t answer me. I went on to say, “You’re right. Climbing a mountain has a lot fewer steps!” then I showed her the math that gave me my total number of completed stitches. Still, she said nothing.
Finally I told her, “Look, don’t belittle my accomplishments because I have as much invested in my knitting as you do in your writing. Just remember how it feels to have somebody belittle your writing and your triumphs.”
I’m still a little peeved, but I feel better for having said something back. What do you say when somebody tries to belitle your accomplishments as a knitter? I can’t seem to get through to most people, today was an exception.