Local habitat

It’s been a full weekend, and it’s hard to believe it’s coming to an end – luckily I still have tomorrow morning to cling to some bit of NYC touristing (goodness knows yet what form that touristing will take), but there have been some good moments. I’ll update more later but for now I give you an image of a local knitter in natural habitat. Here, Rebecca knits standing up while waiting for the subway. Note the (full) Starbucks’ cup clutched skillfully in the crook of her arm, ready to be deployed with the non-sock-holding hand at a moment’s notice.


This evening while riding the subway on the way back, we were sitting and chatting and knitting away on our socks (her on her 2nd sock of current BMFA Rockin’ Sock Club socks, me on my 1st sock of a new pair of Jaywalkers), and the man next to us piped up after several moments of watching us, wondering “do you ever do that and look down and think, ‘I wonder if I’ll ever finish?'” He asked about how long we’d been knitting, if we’d learned in a class, what sorts of things we knitted. He also said that he learned to knit in junior high school and people made fun of him at the time, but in that same class he also met the girl who later became his wife. Instead of the incredulous surprise that one often recieves while knitting in public, it was spontaneous knitting appreciation. A nice little moment on a Sunday evening.

Tomorrow night I’ll be back home and probably even more zonked, but with more photos and yarn to report on. And looking for more ways to knit in public. Keep the knitting close by!


  1. What a refreshing encounter! Loved the guy’s story.

  2. I often knit in public, usually in a local coffeeshop after I’ve done my grading or class prep, and while I get a lot of funny looks, few people actually comment. But a couple of months ago, while I was working on a cable sweater for my brother, a young man (mid-20s) came over to ask me what I was working on. I showed him the sweater (the body was almost done), and he said he wished he could do things like that. I told him about a LYS nearby, that offers classes, and last week, I saw him again in the same coffeeshop, and this time he was working on a garter-row scarf! And a barista in the same shop has also started knitting! Just one more reason knitting in public should be done as much as possible. And this is in Texas, by the way, where the weather rarely permits wearing heavy knits.

  3. It was great to meet you at Rhinebeck! I can’t wait to hear about your adventures!

  4. with the subways here you get pretty used to multitasking with the holding of things and knitting at the same time.

    its like how i learned to text and drive at the same time when i was living in LA. I didn’t even look at the screen anymore. (totally dangerous i know, but just an example of adapting – i don’t drive anymore. haha)

  5. I’ve only had weird responses to me knitting in public (and I mean really weird, where I’ve found it difficult to respond), so I’d rather knit in private!


  6. Aw, that guy rocks! And that’s some pretty awesome subway knitting.

  7. I can’t believe that I didn’t bump into you once at Rhinebeck! I’ll have to search harder next time.

  8. How is it possible we didn’t run into each other?? 😉

  9. That’s a great story! Every now and again, I get that same kind of wonderful interaction when knitting in public instead of the “hey, she’s weaving!”.

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