The Time He Was Questioned by Police for Knitting in a Starbucks

thomasmc's picture

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gregory-patrick/knitting-ninja_b_4143644.html

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ILHIKER's picture

The Huffington Post is truly

The Huffington Post is truly big time in terms of online news. It rivals some of the bigger news agencies that moved from TV to Internet. I hope that Patrick's exposure launches his career. He is so deserving.

Mark

bobinthebul's picture

Great article! I do think a

Great article! I do think a lot of the trepidation we carry about being guys knitting in public is in our own heads. Internalized knittophobia. I remember the first couple times I forced myself to knit on a commuter boat; it was almost like the queasy feeling I had when I came out to my mom at 19. :)) But with one (very odd) exception where we couldn't really understand what the guy was on about, reactions have been all about interest. Okay, it's different, it might seem odd, but they ask and then share some bit of knowledge, and I find they aren't nearly as freaked as I imagined (projected) they'd be. Oddly the ones who sit and stare with an odd look on their faces are more often women here, but that may also be a result of the social barrier where women and men who don't know each other can't be quite so comfortably chatty. Conclusion: We tend to remember the horrid people but most people aren't horrid. :)

Tallguy's picture

I find much the same when I

I find much the same when I spin on a spindle in public. Of course, it is something that very few have seen and are curious what I am doing. Then I go into my spiel about how yarns and threads are made, and all clothing is made of yarn, blah blah, and get into a real discussion about so many things. Of course, early pioneers HAD to spin all their yarns, but today that is so rare. I explain that I can make the kind of yarn exactly the way I need for my work, and many can relate, especially if they have been looking for something and are forced into what manufacturers want to give us. I think many admire the fact that I can be so independent and not be forced to accept mass-produced items. It really opens up a lot of conversation.

I find, though, that there is a different discussion with males and females. Usually, for males, I get into talking about torque, and ratios, and momentum and all things mechanical. That seems to hold their interest a lot more.

Of course, there are many people that pretend they don't see what I am doing at all, but secretly are watching out of the corner of their eyes, or staring when they think I don't see. That is fun too. Children are the most fun to talk to, since they have no reservations about asking questions, and they have a natural curiosity. But I always find it so interesting to watch reactions from the general public.

Thunderhorse54's picture

I like that, internalized

I like that, internalized knittophobia! I'm going to remember that! I knit everywhere, and have as yet to encounter any negativity. I live in a small rural area. (One knitting shop within a sixty mile radius). If I get an odd look, I just smile, wave and raise my knitting for them to see more clearly.

Potter's picture

Loved that article!

Loved that article!

MMario's picture

A friend tagged me w/ this on

A friend tagged me w/ this on FB - I was happy to be able to say "oh yeah - I know him"

Thunderhorse54's picture

What a wonderful experience.

What a wonderful experience. I knit in public all the time, and no one pays attention. Hmmm! Is that a good thing, or a bad thing?

Bill's picture

Good for Gregory! He made

Good for Gregory!
He made the Huffington Post!
...maybe he'll sell more bears...
He hasn't posted here for quite a while....

SAPBrown's picture

Cool, Nothing is better

Cool,
Nothing is better than shattered stereotypes.
Thanks for sharing.