Thursday, January 03, 2008

Happiness is... Strangers Complimenting My Handmades

I was zoning out on the uptown D train this morning when the lovely young woman next to me tapped my shoulder and said, "Excuse me, but may I ask you where you got your set?" She pointed first to my neck and then to my folded hands (both wrapped in fuzzed-out Manos knitted goods).

Shocked, I replied, "Oh...! THANK YOU! I made them."

She widened her eyes and shook her head, "They're just beautiful."

Well! What a way to start the day! I was flattered beyond belief. Apparently, others get compliments all the time on my knitted items, but aside from friends and family, I'd never before received a compliment myself. As fashionable as knitting is these days, I still often question whether my preference for woolly, imperfect knits is chic enough for Manhattan. But having a sophisticated, hip, urban woman compliment me like that made me walk with new pride down Fifth Avenue.

4 comments:

goodkarma said...

Oh yay! What a fantastic way to start your day.

A said...

I am not surprised! Many of my co-workers exclaim and marvel over my scarves and prized sweater! You have a gift...you are a gift!!

malcomama said...

Yes! It's not that we're obligated. You're very skillful! :)

Jennifer said...

How great is that? Yay! However, I have to say, that you ARE a hip, urban woman! Remember the picture of you, by the fireplace, in your gorgeous handmade Citron Razor Cami? Oh, I also LOVED your fingerless gloves, with the added mitten end, and a button...and so many other things. Creative and a fashion goddess. You should absolutely strut your stuff down Fifth Avenue!
(Note to others: I'm a married mother of two, and don't mean to sound weirdly stalkerish.):)