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Howdy guys. MMario reminded me that I haven't stopped in here for a while so I thought I should do so.

I've been super busy at work, so much so that my internet and knitting time have been seriously limited. Lately I've managed to get some knitting time in. I'm still working on the Irish Hiking Scarf and have finally had time to make some progress on it. It's now just about half finished and I hope to have the time to finish it soon as it's seemed to take forever due to a lack of time to work on it.

I'm in Texas at the moment and getting ready to go pick up a load in San Antonio in a few minutes and start for Wisconsin. I'm going to be making a point of making time for knitting along the way even if it's just an hour or two in the evening.

Something knitting related happened in a truckstop a couple of days ago that some of you may find a little amusing. You can read about it here http://masonm.joeuser.com/index.asp?AID=163102

Happy knitting.

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RCC's picture

I get more attention

I get more attention knitting on an airline flight than anywhere else! The attendants usually have great stories to share and will often bring me a drink and glass of wine!

MasonM's picture

Yeah it's amazing how

Yeah it's amazing how something as simple as knitting can be the start of a great conversation. Last night I was staying in a hotel in Iowa and was sitting in the hotel lounge knitting (hotel lounges tend to be very slow and boring). A bunch of local farmers came in, most around 60 - 70, and they all wanted to check out my work and talk about it. One told me how he had to knit his own socks as a kid.

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Aaronknits's picture

Oh what a great story!!! I

Oh what a great story!!! I was knitting in the service department waiting room at the car dealership over the weekend while I was waiting for my truck. So far it's been the most testosterone laden place that I've chosen to break out my knitting. I got a few odd looks from people when they first saw me, but no stares and no one bothered to say anything to me.

MasonM's picture

LOL. I was knitting in a

LOL. I was knitting in a biker bar a while back and one of the bikers, a truly huge monster of a man, commented on it and said that he had been doing crochet for years.

Mason

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Kerry's picture

Great story. So far I only

Great story. So far I only knit in public with a group, not sure how I'd handle going solo.

MasonM's picture

It's just part of my

It's just part of my routine. I frequently knit in truckstops and such. I just really don't care what other people think. I'm a straight guy who is often taken for gay for no other reason than I knit. Do I care? Hell no.

Mason

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kiwiknitter's picture

Great story! I wish someone

Great story! I wish someone would notice me knitting...

MasonM's picture

I knit in truckstops,

I knit in truckstops, diners, and bars all the time and it never fails to strike up a conversation.

Mason

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kiwiknitter's picture

I knit in public all the

I knit in public all the time, in many varied public venues but I never have had anyone strike up a conversation, stare or make comments (favourable or not)! Whenever I knit in public, I feel invisible. I would love to have someone approach me to discuss knitting. Maybe I should start frequenting trucker diners and bars...?

MasonM's picture

I suppose it could have

I suppose it could have something to do with whatever you project. Perhaps you give the impression that you'd just rather be left alone, intentionally or not?

I've found that a lot of women can't seem to resist coming over to comment on my knitting and chat a bit. I've met a number of women simply because I was knitting that I might otherwise never have met.

I get different reactions from different guys, mostly positive, some curious, and some like to poke a little fun, but it invariably starts some sort of conversation.

A lot of guys assume I am gay simply because I knit and I do get a bit of amusement out of that as it says far more about them than it does me, and I get a kick out of making them feel foolish. Homophobia is very common among my fellow truckers, I'm sad to say. We do have a lot of rednecks in my business. I usually just wait until some woman comes over to talk to me about it and then make a comment about that being one of the fringe benefits of knitting LOL

Mason

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MMario's picture

I knit in public a lot as

I knit in public a lot as well - and since I knit primarily lace I do tend to get a lot of conversation. I especially like it when a woman will nudge her male companion and say something like "see? I told you you could bring yours!"

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

MasonM's picture

LOL Mason Linux: because a

LOL

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Parrot's picture

I enjoyed the blog entry

I enjoyed the blog entry about the knitting at the truckstop. Quick thinking on your part! I hope you do find time to get some knitting time in on your run to Wisconsin.

MasonM's picture

Thanks Mason Linux: because

Thanks

Mason

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It was indeed amusing to

It was indeed amusing to read your incident in the truck stop. People do sometimes do a double take when they see me knit in public...but so far I've dealt with them...

MasonM's picture

So far that's the only time

So far that's the only time I've run across anyone who felt like being an ass about my knitting.

Mason

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