k.i.p.

k.i.p. ... knitting in public. Yup, I do it. (Do you?) When my daughter started her preschool classes this fall, I decided that most days I would stay nearby and use that quiet time to work on knitting. So I started hitting up local coffee shops and busting out the knitting bag. It's my time, and I admit that after 3.5 years of stay-at-home momming with my favorite kiddo, it's a little bit of a treat to have a couple of hours to myself, two days a week.
Sometimes I feel like a spectacle, because some people will stop or hover over me and stare. I am shy about the whole thing anyway, so I always kind of look down while I work so I don't look like I'm showing off and saying 'HEY! Look at me; I'm the knitter girl! Knitting over here!'
But I really do love hearing other people's reactions and stories when they ask what I'm doing or what I'm working on. One man said the clicking sound of the needles reminded him of his late wife. Another man told me about his grandma, who lived past the age of 100. She claimed that knitting kept her joints limber, her mind sharp and said she never felt bored or lonely because of all the gifts she made for people. She was one of those knitters that you hear about who still kept knitting even though she eventually went blind; her fingers knew the way.

But the comment I get the most often? 'You look a little bit young to be doing that.' Or 'It's nice to see a young person knitting.' And that makes me smile. I tell them that there's a big resurgence in the craft scene these days and that lots of younger people are taking up knitting and sewing and embroidery. And I tell them that I teach knitting classes to a younger generation each fall/winter. They seem glad to hear it. And I'm glad to tell them. I like it. I like knitting in public.

10 comments:

  1. cute post, i knit on the bus everyday going to work, and anywhere i can, i have a 2 hour train ride on friday that im quite excited about. xx

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  2. awww...i love knitting in public. the knitting group i belonged to always knit at coffee shops, etc. and i get the "you look to you to knit" comment also, or just plain "you knit? really?" lol! knit on baby! xoxo

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  3. and today's award for my most aborablefriend goes to....YOU!! I love seeing people it in public, it's endearing

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  4. I love that you knit in public and I also love that you love knitting in public! I think it's good when people step outside of the mold of what's expected of them or their environment and shake things up a bit. Viva la KIP!

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  5. JEN!!! I LOVE that you knit in public. I NEVER do and I always think...why not!?!?!?! It's so silly really. I am like a moth to a flame when I do see someone knitting in public...I always want to know what they are knitting!
    Love this post...and I do so love that you and others kip...I just need to start doing it and get over myself! LOL
    Jen K.

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  6. awwww my nana was one of those women who was stilling clicking away at 91 years old riddled with arthritis :)
    Awesome post :)

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  7. awww, LO in preschool? A week and a half goes by without checking in and look what happens! Miss you friend!
    (and I love the pics)

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  8. hi! i just found your blog through ravelry (the braided headwrap which is going to make some excellent gifts!). my knitting in public is usually in airports. one time the pilot asked to talk to me about my knitting on the flight attendant phone. anyway keep knitting in public :) it's such a happy sight!

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  9. Ah, so cute!! :) I *love* the stories. That's amazing!

    I took to crocheting at the beach this year (yes..lol) in my retro one-piece bathing suit (yes..lol), and got a few funny looks, but mostly from my hubby. lol.

    I love that I'm surrounded by grandma's in the yarn aisle, too - and they are always happy to see my basket full of yarn. :) it's so cute!

    Yay, for knitting in public, I say!!

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  10. I TOTALLY knit in public! All the time, haha. I was knitting during Jackass 3 the other week. And at the drive-in, and I sometimes walk and knit... haha. Last night I was out with my Grandma and this lady was saying how funny it was to see me knitting, but not my Grandma. And I said, "She's the one who taught me!" I love to knit, all the time... I can't watch tv or a movie without knitting it. I always have something on the go in my purse. I just loooooooooove it. Some of my teachers used to let me knit in class, too. But others think that you can't do anything else while you're knitting. So not true!

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