Me: *starts project*
*0.2 seconds later*
Me: *takes picture* Wow I am so proud of myself look how good I’m doing.
*project is never heard from again*
they invariably tell me they don’t have the patience to learn.
i used to try to explain how if you can tie your shoes you can knit, it’s just pulling a loop through a loop, anyone can do it… but then i figured out “i don’t have the patience to learn” is allistic-ese for “i do not share your hobby, please don’t tell me about it.”
so now i just say, “oh, that’s too bad” or “you’re missing out, dude, it’s fun” and change the subject.
and of course there are the people who ask me to knit them something, directly or indirectly. they don’t mean it. just chuckle politely. when they ask what i’m making, i briefly say what it is and then who it’s for and talk about the person, not the item. i.e. “it’s a baby blanket, my friends adam and kelly are having their first.” this is what people want when they use your knitting as an icebreaker. they want small talk about people. they are not interested in the knitting. i figured this out through long anthropological study and experimentation.
i am the allistic whisperer. :D
You’ve broken the code! Now how do I announce at meetings that no, really I am listening, I just concentrate better when my hands are doing something without having to say it to each person?
THIS IS WONDERFUL