I can tell you what happens... because I do it in public all the time. People stare for a while, and if they get bold enough, they start asking questions.
- "What are you doing?" Spinning wool into yarn, or knitting socks....
- "Can I touch it?" Of course....
- "What are you making?" Yarn, or a sweater, or whatever it is that I'm working on.
- "Why would you want to make yarn when you can buy it?" This gets interesting, if the person seems to be of the artistic nature, I can explain the colorwork or the blending of different types of fibers to get precisely the yarn I want. If the person isn't the artsy type, it can be a lot of fun, but I usually end up answering simply: Because I can.
I cherish the beauty of the things I create with my mind and hands. I'm delighted that I've been given the gift of creativity, and the sense to use it. I learned how to do most of this in my college fiber art classes, and have refined and improved my techniques over the years since then.
So when the world and society whirl ever faster, I choose to slow down, deliberately and happily.
Because I can.