Woman Crochets at McDonald’s for 14 Hours at a Time

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I was just reading an online news article out of Hawaii that tells the true tale of a woman named Barbie Kihara. Barbie is a fixture in her community. She volunteers at many different places throughout the community including a recreation center and a nursing home. But where people really know her from is McDonald’s.

Five or six days out of the week Barbie can be found at her local McDonald’s. She spreads her crochet and knitting work out at her table and hangs out there while crafting. She apparently sometimes stays for as long as fourteen hours at a time, returning a day or two later to do it all again.

This is not a new habit that the 76-year-old woman has adopted either. She has been crocheting at that McDonald’s like this for 18 years!

This brings up so many questions that I am curious about. Such as:

  • What does she most love to make? The article says she was working on a blue sweater and also has made graduation leis, blankets and newborn beanies. I wonder what she really loves crocheting or knitting the most.
  • Do people talk to her about her work? I know that when I crochet in public people always want to talk to me about so I am assuming that the whole thing is highly social, especially since she’s there all of the time. I wonder how accurate my assumption is.
  • Is she healthy? I can’t help but wonder what the heck this woman eats if she’s at Mickey D’s every day and whether or not it’s healthy. What can I say – I’m of the generation that saw Supersize Me. icon smile Woman Crochets at McDonalds for 14 Hours at a Time

Do you crochet in public spaces? Where?

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