I believe that I have mentioned here before that I am on the planning committee for the local Irish Festival and Saint Patrick's Day Parade. These meetings consist of sitting around a local pub (which is for sale if anyone is interested), drinking Guinness and getting harangued by the chairman about who isn't at the meeting, what didn't go right, what hasn't been done yet, how the city is screwing us over or some other perceived fault of the city employees, the volunteers or people not present (occasionally the haranguing will be directed at someone present but not usually).
Well at the last meeting, I sat there knitting on my NAKNISWEMO sweater to keep me from being too bothered by the harangue or drinking too much Guinness. Two separate people came up to me afterwords and made a comment about Madame DeFarge from the Tale of Two Cities. Is it that I am that cruel or just that it is the only literary reference to knitting these people have come across?