Makes Me Laugh Every Time!

I went to the LYS this morning. When I walked in I was greeted with a suspicious, "perhaps you've wandered into the wrong place" kind of look. The saleswoman followed me around and coincidentally needed to organize shelves in my general vacinity, probably to keep on eye on me. In my opinion, I don't look very menacing. Then I got the "May I help you" with a tone that sounded anything but helpful. Of course, I preceded to ask her the most insightful yarn questions possible from: Do you have a 100% wool yarn that knits 4 stitches an inch on size nine needles to; Can you find a sock yarn that is between 10 and 14 wraps per inch. Next I told her that I was making helmet liners for the troops - that must have sent her over the edge! She was so kind and generous that it bordered on obnoxious. Anyway, thought I would share the story. I'm sure we all have a million of them, Makes me laugh everytime!


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Sounds as though she went over the top to the other extreme to cover her embarassment of thinking you didn't know what you were doing there. Still, it makes for a good chuckle. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

jwhassjr's picture

It never gets old does it? I stopped into a LYS in Indy this weekend, and the lady there pulled every pattern book that had a men's pattern in it, for me to look at. I didn't have the heart to tell her I had most of them already. But that was really the worst of it. It didn't seem to foreign to her that men knit.

I didn't buy any pattern books, but I found some nice pima cotton to knit a wrap for my aunt's birthday.

smalltownknitguy's picture

As a southern male knitter, I get the "Can we help you?" in a confused tone very often when I enter a yarn shop. The last one I went to on my birthday was one of the first that did not follow me around and were able to carry on a conversation without staring or giving me strange looks. I will visit them again.

michaelpthompson's picture

That's another reason I love my LYS Knit Knack. I only discovered it a few months ago, and I've been in there five or six times now, and met three or four different sales people, and not one of them treated me any different from any of their other customers, as far as I can tell.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

TheKnittingMill's picture

It's GOT to be your imposing, sinister appearance Ray!!! LOL-- J/K you've got one of the friendliest faces I've ever seen! I've been very lucky. My two LYS in NOLA have been welcoming from day one and the love male knitters. When I lived in El Paso I ALWAYS got very strained, wide-eyed looks whenever buying yarn! Picture me, this nearly 6'2", 225# white guy among a sea of 4'10" abuelitos (little grandmothers). When I started speaking Spanish they got their color back and when they found out I was a legitimate knitter they took their hands off their pepper spray and put away the crucifixes.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

What a great story. I can just see those crucifixes flashing. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

purlyman's picture

Haha! I'm so lucky that my LYS is right around the corner from my house and when I go in it's like Norm on Cheers. In fact, a few days ago I stopped in and was scolded for having walked by a few days earlier without popping in to say hello. :-)


negativitysucks's picture

I have two favorites that I visit faithfully, though I am currently under a yarn buying moratorium. For myself, I am only buying needles, patterns, and tools until my stash is manageable. I am only buying yarn when friends from other cities ask me to locate a certain yarn and send it out to them.
Both knit shops that I visit are super helpful and couldn't be nicer to me and have been so since the first time I walked in to shop. One didn't have what I was looking for when I was in and sent me to the other, who had exactly what I needed. My only complaint is that they aren't close to each other :-)

Ideally, I'd like to find a fabric shop like that. That's where I am followed around and draw odd stares. I miss my favorite quilt shop in Phoenix. It's the only thing I miss about Arizona. I don't get stared at when I go to Mood, here in NYC, but they don't carry quilting fabrics, just home decor and fashion fabrics.

And, of course, the popularity of online shops with many men is that they're always open and never give looks as if we don't belong there.

DeceptiveCookie's picture

LOL the all of the LYSs out here have come to recognize me it's scary... all the shopowners I talk to always say it's the men that come in by themselves they remember...

I remember when I first started knitting a few years ago, though, that I would get the confused "can I help you"s and strange looks. I guess our community in L.A. has grown enough that we're becoming more run of the mill (*GASP*).