Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Spinning in Public: Starbucks (and Fields of Dreams)

The crafting group that Katie and I are in meets at an old winery that has been converted into office space.  It's a great place that I love to visit.  Only, there's one problem: the temperature is almost impossible to regulate.  So, several weeks ago now, in the middle of a heat wave, craft night was almost unbearable.  Of course, we weren't willing to simply not craft, so we found another place to work.

One of the other people in our group suggested that we visit a Starbucks that was not too far away.  So, we packed up and headed out.  What they didn't tell us was that this particular Starbucks is in the town square and the hotbed of high school summer vacation activity.

After securing seats for the evening, I went back out to the car, grabbed the wheel and hauled it in.  I mean, why not?  I have a seat, that all I need, especially with a cup holder on the wheel.  By that point, I had already spun the first half of the bump I was working on, so I pulled out the other half.  The June 2012 Spunky Eclectic Club fiber is a really brightly colored rainbow called Field of Dreams that was dyed on Shetland.  I was giddy when I opened it.

The Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Great Britain, about 100 miles or so off the tip of Scotland.  The archipelago is far enough north, that it shares the same latitude as Fairbanks, AK.  As a result, the sheep that evolved there are very hardy and their wool very warm.  The wool is very versatile and can be used for just about anything.  One of my favorite characteristics of Shetland is that it's known for puffing up quite a bit when washed, which results in a very lightweight yarn for the size.

With this yarn, I split it lengthwise, which helped me to spin it as thinly as possible.  I also planned on getting the color sections to line up with one another and have the yarn be self striping, but that clearly didn't work out.  My Fields came out to be 130 yards at 12 wpi.  The colors are fantastically bright, even after washing.  The pictures are all post-washing and the colors are unaltered.

Back to the Starbucks.  Throughout the night, all kinds of people cycled through.  Apparently, I was getting quite a few looks, but I only noticed about a dozen or so.  As we were leaving, these two pretty cute teenage girls came up with a guy in tow.  One of them asked me what the wheel was and what it was used for.  After explaining it, the other one said "Oh, I knit!  I made a hat and scarf last winter.  I tried to teach her to do it, but she wasn't any good".  It was so adorable.  There was the "I have something to talk to the cute guy about" bounce and everything.  After she went all googly eyed when I made eye contact and did my trademark half smirk, half smile, the guy piped up.  "Oh, I uh...I knit too!"  Don't get me wrong.  I knit.  I'm all for guys knitting.  But I can smell desperate teenager like a fart in car.  This poor guy was so stuck in the Friend Zone that he tried to lie about something generally regarded as "unmanly" to get some play with this girl.

Here's the thing.  I don't typically get flirted with by cute high school girls.  I was the guy in high school who the cute popular girls wouldn't give the time of day to.  I didn't even have the chance to be the poor sucker who lies about knitting to try and get out of the friend zone.  Katie tells me that there's something about not giving a flying fuck that appeals to teenage girls, but I'm not so sure about that.

So, when was the last time that you crafted in public and got an unexpected response?

1 comment:

  1. Hi there! I stumbled on your blog via Ravelry, and just wanted to say I totally love your posts! Great stories and gorgeous, gorgeous yarn. I just joined the Spunky Club this month (after debating FOREVER - I already have more fiber than I can handle!) and after checking out your posts about spinning Amy's club fibers, I'm so glad I did!

    Keep up the great work, and happy spinning!