Have any of you been knitting in public lately? This week is World Wide Knit in Public Week, and it’s meant to convey to the world how many of us there are and possibly help dissolve the stereotype that only a certain demographic knits.
Now, I am a young, thirtysomething, mother of two. I am kinda nerdy and probably a little (or a lot) boring, so I’ve been trying to think of ways to make myself seem more hip whilst I knit in public. (Saying whilst is totally part of my plan)
Amazing List of Ideas to Seem More Hip and Thereby Lure People into My Tangly Yarn Web *:
- Grow a beard. Beards seem really popular and hip right now. I come from a dark and hairy people; I think if I put my mind to it, it could be possible.
- Wear an awesome hat. Preferably made of straw.
- Do something vintage-y with my hair. I’ve never tried that “finger wave” thing. Can’t be that difficult, right?
- Develop some sort of trending attitude. Which is more popular with the young ones these days: aloofness or friendliness?
- Knit using various forms of the newest technological devices instead of needles. Someone might think I’m making a statement or being artistic. Or they’ll just come over to see my awesome new gadgets.
- Drink beer while I knit. Done. Can’t do Pabst though, reminds me of my college days (Natty Light, anyone?) so I’ll have to stick with my Shiner Bock Ruby Redbird or maybe a pale ale ’cause it’s summer.
- Play the banjo. I admit it would be difficult to knit and play the banjo simultaneously. Maybe I don’t need to learn to play the banjo; I just need to own one and keep it near me while I knit. I’ve always wanted to learn though…I have a thing for Steve Martin.
- Get a tattoo sleeve. I briefly contemplated the idea back in 2002 after a trip to Portland, but was too broke to do anything about it. What about a dress up faux tattoo sleeve? I could borrow one from my children.
What do ya think?! Pretty awesome, right?
If you happen to be around Denver this week, I’ll be the lady knitting in public, spontaneously giggling, and mumbling about tattoo sleeves and looking cool. That’ll probably help change the image of knitters, I’m sure. I’m helpful like that.
- Disclaimer: I am not trying to put down anyone who has or does these things; I am merely pointing out how sadly unhip I am. ;)