She was not very friendly at first -- my seat mate on my flight to St Thomas, that is. After a bit of reading and the beverage service, I pulled out my crochet project and began working on it.
She said, "I am watching you crochet." I said something like, "I enjoy doing this."
She said, "I don't have the patience to crochet." I said something like, "I have been knitting and crocheting since I was a child."
After a while, I said, "It is finished", as I briefly held my project upright.
She said, "It is beautiful."
I said, "Thank you. I might wear it on St Thomas."
We parted wishing each other a good vacation.
Days later, it was on my mind to think up a better response to, "I don't have the patience to crochet" or "I don't have the patience to knit."
What I came up with is... "I don't have the patience to not knit. Any time that I can knit, rather than to sit and do nothing, I get anxious if I do not have my knitting with me."
I could add, "I truly love making things. And I have loved making things for my entire life."
What do you think? Are these better responses? What would you say?