Since my co-workers discovered my knitting habit, they have rarely missed an opportunity to tease me about it.

My project manager asked if I knit the chunky cabled cardigan I often wear to keep me from freezing to death in this ice-cave of an office. When I said no, he wanted to know why not. Why not? Because I bought it from the store for $20. Talk about instant gratification – knitting it myself would mean that I’d still be shivering in my cubicle while a half-knit cardigan languishes in the “finish this soon” pile.

Another co-worker asked about my green scarf and was surprised to hear that I’d knit it myself. I mentioned that I was working on a pair of socks. “Wow,” she gushed, “That’s fantastic! …Hey, how about you knit a pair for me?” Then I took out my current sock-in-progress and showed it to her. “Ohhh, wow, look at those tiny little stitches! How do you do it? It’s so neat and… and tiny! How long does it take you to knit a pair of socks?” She looked horrified when I told her, and waved off her request. “No, no, never mind about knitting me a pair. I had no idea it was so much work!” I could almost hear the unspoken, “Why the heck do you do it?”

The bookkeeper proclaimed that she would never have the patience for knitting. “Knitting gives you patience,” I said, but she didn’t seem to believe me. Most of the rest of them just give me this look of disbelief. “You… knit?” they ask. What do they expect me to do instead?

I think I’ll just leave the knitting at home from now on.

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5 Responses to “In Which the Pirate Leaves the Knitting at Home.”
  1. Metachaos says:

    Heh. No, do not give in to their pressure! Just last week I had a friend and labmate say to me, “You’re a -computer science- major, why are you knitting!?” I laughed at him. As if me being tech-girl to the bone means I can’t knit. I also knit during my classes. These are places where there are usually less than 5 women in the classroom and only I knit. It helps me keep more focused since I seem to need at least two things to do to keep my mind from wandering off and creating shinies for itself. Of course, I’ve heard snickers from some of the guys. This only amuses me more, though, and I keep on trucking. Or knitting. You know.

  2. Michelle says:

    No, keep taking your knitting to work! They’ll get used to it. :)

    (The main thing I hear all the time these days is, “You could sell those!”–doesn’t seem to matter what “those” are–and they totally don’t understand why I groan and say, “No way!”)

  3. Nico says:

    Most of the rest of them just give me this look of disbelief. “You… knit?” they ask. What do they expect me to do instead?

    Watch reality TV on the couch, over-eating junk food while creating nothing. You know, the same thing they do…
    The sock look great, keep going!

  4. niteowl says:

    I LOVE that pattern. OK…there is a note to self…add yet another must do project to the ever growing list!

    I get that often. “You could make one for me!” Considering the time and cost to make a handknit, who is on your knit list and how do they make the cut?

  5. Pirate says:

    @niteowl:

    You asked, “Who is on your knit list and how do they make the cut?”

    It’s a very, very short list. *grin* Pirate-Husband is on the list, of course. Certain family members, certain very close friends – the ones who will appreciate the time and effort. It’s a safe bet that if anyone comes out and asks for a handknit item, they aren’t the ones who are getting it! I do like to surprise people with gifts sometimes.

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