I was in a waiting room type of situation today. With my knitting, as usual. I've picked up the Bee Stripe socks again. (I did mention I'd had to rip them back, didn't I? Anyway.) Knitting away in a waiting room.
The other waitee, an older woman, asked the inevitable question.
"Oh yes," she said, impressing me, "I knew it had to be socks or mitts because you're working in a circle."
"Are you a knitter?"
"My mother was. She made lots of socks and mitts."
"I like sock knitting, it's very portable."
"And practical, too."
Err... I have had many people say many crazy things about my knitting, but never that it's practical. Sock knitting with hand-dyed yarn on 2mm needles is practical? Paying $20+ dollars for the yarn, and spending hours upon hours (I hate to count, the thought frightens me) to create something I'm going to put on my feet.
If you hear a woman telling a story about being laughed at by a redhead knitting yellow and black socks -- that was me.