I knit on the BART train, I knit standing in line, I knit at sidewalk cafes... and it seems that folks are more than happy to strike up a conversation with you... either they're knitters themselves or they're admiring the piece you're making...
Knitting seems to help bring down social barriers to talking to strangers and I think it's cool. A nice smile or compliment is a little thing but has such a great impact on one's disposition. It can really make your day.
It's also nice to share one's experience with knitting... not to sound too New Agey and hippy-dippy, but it is very gratifying to be reknitting the social fabric in our community through a simple and satisfying craft.
I also belong to a mixed knitting group that meets Monday nights at a cafe in San Francisco... On MLK Jr Day, the cafe was closed so we met at the home of one of our knitter's partner.
They made a lovely porkloin dinner, had coffee, tea, wine, nibbles... and I brought some munchies too from work... and it was a nice social gathering... as all out knitting groups tend to be in general.
I think we'll be doing a semi-regular potluck in the future...
On the BART train, I've met a flight attendant, a black grandmother, and other nice folks who've struck up conversations about knitting, yarn stores etc. At the cafe this morning, I met a woman named Leta who invited me to teach her special needs class to knit... she's a grand old dame who has met artists like Lichtenstein, Raushenberg, et al. Of course, having a really cute border collie pup next me also helps with getting noticed... ruff!
Let's hear about your knitting social circles and stories... Floyd the wonder dog would love to hear.