Ever sit in a knitting circle and pull out your knitting only to have a handful of know-it-all's remark that whatever it is that you're working on is "old," "stupid," "out of style," or "so 2004"? Or worse, has a name that is dumb or reminds them of some sort of bad vacation or disease?
I will admit the remark, "It's so 2004" is hardly ever uttered at my LYS because the gals there are still working on phrases like "It's 'the bomb," (which I had trouble with too, to tell you the truth) and the ever-loving "I'm down with that." Not to mention, I'm probably the last one on the block who has caught on to the song by Biz Markie, "Just a Friend," which is sort of a good thing because once I played it the other day, Girlfriend now shouts the words:
"You, you got what I need! But you say he's just a friend, but you say he's just a friend, oh baby! You, you got what I need, but you say he's just a friend, but you say he's just a friend!"
... all the while busting a move up and down the hall. (And you should see her car dance to this song.)
But back to the knitting thing. I don't normally rant away, but I have had it up to "here" with knitters giving other knitters grief over their pattern choices. Seriously. Who cares? Who cares what makes them happy to knit? To be honest and true, I do sort of cringe when someone sits next to me and knits a blah-blah-blah, but I wouldn't ever mention it or remark that that thing they're knitting isn't so hot, is out of style, or simply dumb. Why would I? Why should I? Let them knit!
So, get on with it, your knitting. And don't let the know-it-alls get you down. If you want to knit an aran sweater, do it. If you want to knit a bikini, do it (but know it won't be nice once it gets wet). If you want to knit a welcome mat, do it. Curtains? Definitely.
And if you're embarrassed about your project: Lie about it. Just say you're test knitting for Norah Gaughan or maybe Barbara Walker or have discovered an unknown knitting pattern that was found in something along the lines of Al Capone's Vault and tell them it is absolutely top secret but you just had to get out in public because all that knitting time in a sequestered room has given you Seasonal Affective Disorder.
BTW: Just completed half the patterns for the book and a first draft of a chunk of the technical part so I'm treating myself to do some knitting for myself. I'm not holding my breath that I'll be able to complete it in good time, but I saw it and thought it'd be fun. The Endless Knitted Cardi Shawl seems like a fun knit so I purchased some yarn that should be a good fit. Plus, it was only $6.00 a skein.
I have also been crocheting a plarn (plastic bag yarn) bag. This one gets me stares. Someone asked my why I'm bothering to do it since they give these bags away for free? I told her that I have a boat load of the bags and why not? (I almost said "sh*t load," which is probably a better description of what I have on hand...) Here is a link for ideas about putting your saved plastic bags to good use.
Edited to Add: I'm using Reynolds Soft Sea Wool. I think the gauge will be slightly off, but I want mine to be less slouchy than what is pictured. Still, I will swatch like a good girl and be sure that I get the right gauge...