I'm always a bit self-conscious about knitting in public as I do not enjoy attracting attention but it's 40 minutes everyday which would otherwise be wasted. Most of the time, people just ignore me but occasionally I get the following:
- Older woman who compliments my work and reminisces about her past knitting experience
- Younger woman who is in awe and has interest in learning how to knit
- Man who is in awe (especially when I knit socks).
But this morning, I received my first unwanted, unsolicited judgement from a stranger on my knitting method and habits.
I was knitting with some ribbon yarn on bamboo needles. A complete stranger, sitting 3 seats away from me, started yelling (at me) in an obnoxious tone:
"Don't you find bamboo needles too sticky? I find it too sticky and slow to knit with cotton yarn. What yarn are you using? Is it cotton? Because I prefer metal needles for cotton. Bamboo needles are too slow. Bamboo needles are too sticky. Yarn just slides off better using metal needles, which makes it faster to knit with. You should use metal needles."
Then she got off the subway.
I was so mad!
1) Is it any of your business what needles I use?
NO! I don't care what you think! And I don't want to hear what you think!
2) What makes you such a good judge about what needles I SHOULD be using with my yarn? Do you even know my yarn?
I'm knitting with shiny ribbon yarn. RIBBON. When is ribbon 100% cotton? If you were such an expert, you would know that shiny ribbon yarn (like the one I used) is composed of nylon, which makes it very slippery, which makes it difficult to control using metal needles!
3) Do you think I don't know metal needles are faster?
Well I do know that, but this yarn is more suitable with bamboo needles. And maybe I just PREFER bamboo.
4) Did I ever complain that I was knitting too slow?
5) Did I ever ask you for your advice?