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.
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. :)
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
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.
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
Loved that article!
A friend tagged me w/ this on FB - I was happy to be able to say "oh yeah
- I know him"
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?
Good for Gregory!
He made the Huffington Post!
...maybe he'll sell more bears...
He hasn't posted here for quite a while....
Nothing is better than shattered stereotypes.
Thanks for sharing.
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