Yarn: Banana Silk
Needles: Size 11s from my Denise kit
Pattern: My So Called Scarf
Notes: This is really a great pattern. It makes a nice scarf, it’s easy to remember, and it’s fun. The banana silk has a wonderful heft to it. All the breaks were annoying, but I think it turned out fantastic.
So in the library world – I was helping a patron today – a somewhat middle aged to older gentleman – and while I was turned to the computer looking up something for him, he blurted out, “You’re gorgeous.” I smiled and thanked him and finished helping him, which (thankfully) involved making a phone call over to another campus. He was perfectly nice, and while I thought that was a little weird, he wasn’t creepy and didn’t say anything else so it was fine. But the weird kind of stuck with me and I wondered whether we had any procedure written up somewhere about how I was supposed to behave in that kind of situation. (Figuring probably not.) While I was talking to my supervisor about it I had a realization. The issue is that I have no experience politely turning away attention. I’m a fairly well adjusted and good enough looking person today, but in high school and as an undergrad I was unpopular, weird looking, and pretty icy and unapproachable to boot. I can only think of a handful of instances where I had to deflect a conversation away from the direction it was heading. If my best friend pops by to read this, she can attest to having to explain to poor Jason that when I blurted “I can’t date you, you’re Jason!” all I really meant was I only saw him as a friend rather than as some kind of abomination. So yeah, public service. There’s something new every day.