Do you crochet in public?

Most people who know me have gotten used to the fact that if I can figure out how to do it, I’m going to crochet in public. I’m going to tell you a secret, though. I don’t do it to show off crochet. I do it to stay sane. I shall explain….

I’ve crocheted in line at Disney World (Epcot’s Soarin’ Ride which usually has at least an hour wait time, but it so worth it).

Crocheting a sock while in line at Epcot

My sister snapped that pic because she couldn’t believe I was going to crochet in the semi-dark of the line. But see, 90 minutes standing in a line with a bunch of people who may or may not be getting “cranky” makes me cranky. I don’t do well in large crowds. So having the soothing movement of yarn going through my fingers helped a lot. It gave me something to focus on to keep from thinking about just how many people there were in the line.

My other big crochet in public place is my gaming nights. I’m a member of our local role player’s guild and we meet twice a month to game. Now, let’s just start off with the fact that I have ADD. Two to three tables filled with somewhere around 10-15 people in a room, all of them talking at once is a total nightmare for me. Especially because this is happening in the evening when my concentration is usually shot. I’ve tried playing without crochet in my hands. It doesn’t work for me. I just can’t concentrate.

Crocheting a sock while playing Interstellar Overdrive

When I first started bringing crochet with me, I got a lot of weird looks. I told everyone I’ll be able to pay attention more if I can crochet while I play. They weren’t entirely sure, but they let me go ahead. And I was right. I was more involved with the game, better able to pick up on everything that was happening around the table, and better able to tune out the other tables.

Now, when I started, I had to use very simple projects. This meant things like the sock pattern I have memorized (and I had to start it early so I could get past the increases before the game started), granny squares, scarves, etc. I tried once to work on a lace shawl. That didn’t work out so well.

However, I’ve started branching out a bit. Last week when we gamed, I had just bought some yummy Cascade Alpaca Lace that afternoon at my LYS. And I really wanted to work on it. So, I found a pattern that was an easy repeat (and even better, a chart to follow instead of written text) and took it with me. As long as I paid a bit of attention to my hands, I was able to work on lace while I gamed.

Lace shawl while gaming

It always amuses me whenever we have new people come to a gaming night. They always look at me weird in the beginning, but then they see that I am actually paying attention. And the regulars have started asking each week what I’m working on.

I’ve also crocheted during board meetings at church (I’m not on the board, it’s so I behave and pay attention), but never during church. Not that I wouldn’t, it’s just that I can’t. I work on the sound board during services, as well as a few other things I have to do, so I’m rarely sitting for too long during service.

By far, though, my favorite place I’ve ever crocheted “in public” was at Cama Beach during the 2011 Crochet Liberation Front Retreat. It was the most peaceful and somewhere I really needed to be in order to find that joy in the fiber again and peace within my self. I leave you today with that photo. Have a great weekend everyone!

Crocheting at Cama

Lace crocheting at Cama Beach