We couldn't get there early so everything was already in full swing when we arrived. To be honest it was a little daunting walking into a cafe full of chatting people who I didn't know, with the hope of joining in.
Then I remembered that these aren't just people, these are knitters.
A simple, "Do we just find a seat?" led to people shifting up, others changing chairs and the three of us were all sat down together, a little snug, but happy. The boys were amazingly well-behaved - with some help from loom bands, cake and an iPad - so I was able to chat and knit and knit and chat some more.
Of course this says a lot about me at the time and not much about knitting. And it's not just because of knitting's 'revival', and because it's 'cool' nowadays to be creative with yarn that I can get my sticks and string out in public. It's because I realised that it doesn't matter whether it's cool or not, I just like it.