I am an unapologetic KIPer. This means I knit in public a lot, regardless of polite or less than the polite company.
When we were on the way to meet our future In-Laws for the first time DH turned to me and said, “Please do me a favor and do not pull out your knitting, let them think we are normal”. In his defense, he was under a lot of pressure.
So I humored him and did not pull it out. Instead, I drunk lots of Cola and could not fall asleep until morning.
The next time we met the parents of my DIL they were early and “caught” me knitting. Both DH and DS #1 were dismayed that I was outed, but surprise, surprise, her Mom loved my sock in progress. I told my guys that they got a choice – I can knit or I can start drinking the heavy staff, and vodka (we are from Russia after all) is pretty expensive and even less socially acceptable than knitting. At some point, I was too stressed out to knit (yea, I too did not think it was possible, but…).
So I did lots of beaded Kumihimo. Using Miyuki seed beads size 11 and silk thread. Just threading thousands of beads on the silk thread was mind-numbing enough to keep me anesthetized. It also utterly fascinated our new relatives.
And just in case you are wondering, I did knit at the wedding! Just a little bit.
Just a little bit. Before the bride got there.
And I knit on the way there too! On the way back I was holding the baby, who was very anxious to make sure that I did not run out of milk.
I take knitting (or crochet, or Kumihimo) with me everywhere I go! PTA meetings – sure. Shopping – of course, I got to do something while I am waiting in line. Doctor’s office – definitely, I only knew one doctor who was always on time and he is still back in the US. When I got to pray to special holy places I absolutely positively knit my prayers into my projects.
I knit on a bus, in a taxi or on a train.
I can nurse and knit, read and knit and teach and knit. I wish I could sleep and knit too, then I would never put off bedtime until 2 am.
And talking about bedtime…
The baby is asleep and so should I be.
P.S. “Braided Hug” update – I am almost done with the bottom ribbing of the sweater. Sleeves next, if I do not run out of yarn.