In my desire to support and promote PDK's (public displays of knitting) I daringly whipped out a project while accompanying my 4yodd to a friend's birthday party. I chatted with the other parents for awhile and then sat centerally as to not be anti-social and took out my knitting. I garnered nary a sideways glance. When the kiddies needed the seating I stood up but kept working. Eventually, as I'd hoped, my humble act became a conversation starter. Thankfully I knew the pattern well enough that I was able to maintain eye contact while counting and knitting and purling correctly. I will confess that I checked over the piece very carefully after the party just to make sure. I was actually hoping to make progress as well as making a statement! After all was said and done, I'd managed to talk about knitting with three people, including the father of the birthday girl and one potential knitter-in-waiting. (Someone who hasn't yet figured out he or she is a knitter.)
The project was the cabled bag - having had to frog, I feel I need to make up some time on it!
My dh heads south of the border in the AM. I've decided that I've been looking at this all wrong. It's an opportunity to change the dynamics of my relationship with my children and to strengthen my ability to be self sufficient. I must admit despite the change in attitude, I'm still hugely jealous on many levels. To begin with, it will be warm where he is headed and NOT snowing.