Atypical?

Tonight at SnB a woman showed up looking for people to be in a photography project of hers.  She heard that knitting is hip and happening and she wants photos of people knitting.  Specifically she wants photos of people who don’t fit the knitting stereotype.  You know, grey haired old ladies with long sticks.  Well, none of us in the SnB group fit that stereotype!

We immediately volunteered our 2 boys in the group.  I think they went along with it because 1) it’s kind of flattering and 2) they know that they stand out in a knitting crowd, being boys and all.  She then asked the one Dutch girl who came tonight if she would volunteer.  And then last, she showed up at MY shoulder asking me if I wanted to also join.  ME?  Why me for heaven’s sake?  She said I had a twinkle in my eye.  That’s the same thing the woman who officiated at the wedding said.  Come on.  That’s just a nervous twitch.  Don’t people know that I giggle when I’m nervous?  It’s not that I’m that happy.  I’m just insecure.

Anyway, she gave me her card and I gave her my email address.  She’s going to email tomorrow to make a date to do this photo thing.  I’m pretty busy.  We’ll see what happens.

p.s. I stole this photo from my Mom’s blog.  This is me sitting in her back yard 10 days ago, knitting Ishbel.  It’s hard to believe I was enjoying such weather (and such nice company) just a few short days ago.  It’s rainy and windy here in NL.  It’s a shock to the system.

7 Comments

  1. Nervous twitch?! Spare me! You have no idea just how many people after the wedding specifically wanted to talk about YOU. How much they loved you, how great you were, how they wished you could stay longer or that they had more time with you…no joke! You definitely have a sparkle, auntie, which is the BEST kind of atypical there is! 🙂

  2. Before reading I had wondered about the good weather in the photo. Scotland is wet and windy at the mo…Im guessing NL is much the same. BOOOOO! Lol

  3. Been wet and windy here for days. No leaves left on the trees! It’s got something cosy (gezellig) though!
    Been meaning to ask you, how do you feel about knitting in public? I started a thread on a Ravelry forum the other day – I had a doctor’s appt yesterday morning and they’ve taken away all the magazines because of swine flu, so I’d brought my knitting as I was a bit early. But I felt so self conscious, that i never took it out. In general I’m quite happy to knit in public, I knit in Starbucks, I knit at N’s swimming lessons, I. said the other day that I’m always knitting. But sometimes I still feel self conscious about it – it doesn’t help that I never see anyone else knitting in public! and I often feel that people still think ‘tuttig’! (if it was so hip and happening, why don’t I see anyone else knitting? I’m certainly not hip and happening!)

  4. Cybele, I remember exactly the day I became a Knitter in Public. It was a Monday night at de Jaren. Normally this is Stitch ‘n Bitch night but on this night no one showed up but me. It was only my second time there. I sat there in a crowded cafe and felt SO self conscious. It took all my bravery to pull out my knitting, all by my self and KNIT. I look back now and think “how silly!” but at the time it was scary and I felt brave. Now I knit everywhere. The first time I knit in the dentist office waiting room you would have thought I was killing goats or something. The receptionist was so shocked! I just smiled and carried on. I’ve become a fearless Knitter in Public. You just have to do it. You just have to jump in and know that you are SPECIAL. You are a KNITTER!

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