Ok, I know I've been gone for oodles and oodles of time, so first things first- hi! Hope everyone is doing well =)
So I've been working on the Ravelry Cerys Baby Blankie by Leah J. Williams... only I'm expanding it to be a full size adult blanket (6'x6'). It's a great project, but on size 8 needles, it's taking some time. I opted to work on it on the train on my way to/from work. And here, gentlemen, is where I need some love and support.
I've knit in public before and have never been bothered, except by someone who was curious about what I was making, or something like that- never anything malicious. However, tonight I was riding home, tired, and working on my blanket. I had my headphones in, minding my business, when I noticed that the woman across the aisle had her phone pointed at me. She was probably about 28-30, dressed in a pencil skirt and ugly, beige, chunky heels. I saw her smirking, and as I looked up at her, she took a picture of me. "How do you know she took a picture?" you might ask- she left the flash on like a moron.
I didn't want to create a scene or become emotional, but I was very, very upset by this. I chose at first not to say anything, going back to my knitting. My hands were shaking, and my tension was so off I could barely move the stitches on the needle. I felt so violated, knowing she was probably putting that picture online somewhere with some snarky comment, or sharing it with friends, laughing at my expense.
After a minute or so passed, I became so angry that I put down my knitting, took out my headphones, took out my phone, and took several pictures of the woman with my flash on. I smiled, she gave an embarrassed smile and got off the train. I wanted to scream at her.
I felt so violated by what she did- so much so that even now I am having trouble letting the incident go. What a heinous violation of someone's privacy to take a picture of them without their consent for the sole purpose of belittling them. Has this, or something like it, ever happened to you guys? How did you handle the situation? I'm curious, since I'm sure I could have said or done something, but my anger was so enveloping that I could not even think what to say to her.