Time and time again, there seems to be a recurring theme with the questions that non-knitters ask you. In a way, it’s nice they’ve tried to show interest, but in many other ways it just makes things worse…
1. “Won’t you hurt yourself with those big needles?”
No. No we won’t. Coming from someone who inherited the clumsy gene from both sides of the family, I can confirm that even the most accident-prone knitters do not sustain any form of eye-loss or impalement. Nor have I ever heard of another knitter causing pain to an unsuspecting spectator or passer by.
2. “Ooh, you should start your own business doing this!”
No. No we shouldn’t. Not unless we’ve found some very clever way of dissuading Primark (or Target for Americans reading) buyers to part with something closer to £100 rather than £10. Getting people to pay for hours spent on something handcrafted is a dying concept that many do not understand.
“Yes, but you love it. You do it for the pleasure, the money is a bonus.”
Certainly, if it was a hobby. No one would dream of asking you to do a free spreadsheet in your spare time for the pure thrill.
3. “Could you knit, like, a jumper?”
This one is baffling, and yet is one of the questions we’re asked the most. You really can knit anything if you put your mind to it…
What have people asked you?