Guest Post by Jessie Rayot of JessieAtHome.com
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being idle. There are so many times in life when I find myself just waiting: at the doctor’s office, before a movie, at the playground when my kids are playing, on the bus…
I knit or crochet the time away! It really makes my life better. Seriously, it makes my life better! How? OK, here are a few ways knitting or crocheting in public make my life (and yours if you try it) better.
It’s calming. Last month I had a bit of a medical scare. No frowns, it turned out to be something minor that did a great impression of something major, but at the time, I didn’t know that. I had lots of doctor appointments, blood tests, CT scans and other procedures. I spent a lot of time in waiting rooms. So, I grabbed a ball of Cascade Fixation that I had been wanting to make something out of, and a 3.5mm hook. During all that waiting room time I created the Shine On Sun Hat. It gave me something to focus on other than wondering what was wrong with me. It kept me calm. I think I would have been a nervous wreck otherwise.
It’s entertaining/it fights boredom. I have found that as a mother, I often end up waiting for my kids and bored out of my mind. I can only watch them run up the steps and down the slide so many times. So, I bring my yarn with me. They play, I create, and everyone is happy!
People smile at you. OK, some people look at you like you have 2 heads, but most of the time when I catch people looking at me, they give me a smile. I imagine they are remembering someone who they used to watch knit or crochet.
You meet some great people. This goes along with the last one. Some of those smiling people will come over and start talking to you. They will tell you about a relative or friend who always used to knit or crochet. I have heard the loveliest stories from people this way. I once had a man sit down next to me on the Subway. He started telling me all about his grandmother who raised him. After dinner they would sit together and she would crochet and they would talk about whatever he needed to talk about. He said seeing people knit or crochet always calms him and makes him smile.
You make new yarnie friends! Sometimes people come up to you who also have a yarn addiction. Then you end up chatting about your favorite LYS, local knit and crochet meetings, favorite patterns and designers, and everything yarn related. Bonus points if you are at the playground and your kids are getting along so you can make duel playdates. The kids can run around and play, and the two of you can be yarnie together!
So, my friends, grab your yarn and knit or crochet in public. Then come back here and share what happened!