Inevitably, when I take out my knitting in a public place, the person next to me will say, "I've always wanted to learn to knit!"
I have no response to that. Here are a few of the things I've said in the past that I don't think are quite right:
"You should! It's fun."
"I did too, so I learned."
"I love it. Once I got started I couldn't stop."
"Beats smoking crack."
I'm not trying to be deliberately antisocial, but it's hard to have a conversation about something when the other person has a limited frame of reference. I have the same problem when someone comments on a book I'm reading.
They'll ask what I'm reading, I'll tell them, and they might say, "Oh! I've always wanted to read that."
Um, okay. Then... do it?
Do I just not understand how to carry on my side of that conversation?
My favorite non-exchange is when someone asks me what I'm making. I'm not sure if they expect a complete knitted sweater to drip off the needles, cartoon-style, or what. But if I say it's a sweater, they'll spend the next fifteen minutes squinting at it sideways –- is that the neck? Is it a sleeve? Is it a sweater for a manta ray?
I really need to start knitting nutsacks.
No! These! What is wrong with you?