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POLL: Is it acceptable to Knit In Public?

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Fillyjonk Sat 17-Feb-07 08:12:25

I mean, i do, all the time but..

noone else seems to

I am especially gearing up courage to KIP at p/t group cos theres naff all else to do there, is there? They don't like you to take a book


anyone else?

SueW Sat 17-Feb-07 08:26:09

The only public place I knit is DD's judo class at which I am required to remain for 1.5 hours every Friday evening. Actually sometimes I nip out to the supermarket but atm she prefers me to hang around mostly.

Other than that, if I am out I am usually doing something which wouldn't work with knitting

PeachesMcLean Sat 17-Feb-07 08:31:33

I think that kind of thing should be kept in private. I know its natural but there are things you just don't want to see. Can't p/t group provide a private room for when you need to KIP???

I'm sorry, I promise never to darken an Arts and Crafts thread again....

Fillyjonk Sat 17-Feb-07 08:32:21


can't you knit in the supermarket queue?

use circulars!

Fillyjonk Sat 17-Feb-07 08:33:35

see peaches, its just that sort of narrowminded comment that stops newbie knitters being out and proud

<sad sigh>

PeachesMcLean Sat 17-Feb-07 08:34:43

Well if you're going to take that attitude! I'm off to post in "Am I being Unreasonable - to not want KIPing thrust in my face when I'm trying to do the shopping"

Fillyjonk Sat 17-Feb-07 08:35:47


SueW Sat 17-Feb-07 08:36:31

Knit in supermarket queue? I don't queue at supermarkets (usually shop at times when no-one else shops)

I don't like circulars.

Pruni Sat 17-Feb-07 08:41:11

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Fillyjonk Sat 17-Feb-07 08:50:46

me too prune who i have emailed finally

me too

so WHY are we shy?

Is it because knitting is embarassing, like saying "ah sod progress of feminism, give me a ton of alpaca any day?"

Pruni Sat 17-Feb-07 08:58:23

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Blandmum Sat 17-Feb-07 09:04:34

Nervous cough.

My name is Martianbishop and I am a Knitter.

Why not knit in public. I;'ve taken up knitting again in the last week....I knitted a lot in my 'yoof'. I've been knittingin the hospitals while waiting for dh to have his treatments done.

And do you know what, loads of lovely woem come over and start conversations about it!

Sisterhood is strong, reclaim your plain and purl, you have nothing to drop but your stitches!

FrannyandZooey Sat 17-Feb-07 09:06:41

The only woman I knew at P+T group who knitted was a bonkers lady who used to ignore her child while it bit everyone else's child.


Dottydot Sat 17-Feb-07 09:18:09

I started a knitting and knattering group at work a few months ago!! It's fab - was going to be once a fortnight but we all missed it the next week so now it's weekly - we book a meeting room, bring our lunch and knitting for an hour. Love it!

(I also started a Walk and Talk group but funnily enough it wasn't at popular...)

Blandmum Sat 17-Feb-07 09:20:02

I think that it depends if you can knit without looking at it.

I wouldn't choose to knit anything complicated and try to monitor a child's behaviourat the same time, but simple plain and purl would be easy, I can do that without looking.

wartywarthog Sat 17-Feb-07 09:27:47

i'm a closet knitter. only family know my dark, dirty secret.

jonk - do you knit on trains and on the tube?

NotQuiteCockney Sat 17-Feb-07 09:33:53

I KIP all the time. Well, when I can manage it. Including P+T groups (but not if my kids are having behaviour issues!). Oh, and at meetings, I always knit at meetings.

Fillyjonk Sat 17-Feb-07 09:51:34

oh god are you meant to monitor their behaviour at p/t groups? . I thought it was just somewhere to get bad coffee...

I don't really need to look at my knitting, any more, though I expect that to change when I take up Cabling, of which i am scared

pruni-human or alpaca?

NotQuiteCockney Sat 17-Feb-07 09:53:26

Cabling isn't that hard. It sounds scary, but isn't really. I swear. There are a few stitches where you have to pay attention and the rest is easy peasy.

Fillyjonk Sat 17-Feb-07 09:54:42

ta nqc. there is a video on knitting help that I need to watch, i think

i have never seen it done, just the results. I think thats my problem

Fillyjonk Sat 17-Feb-07 09:56:24


I WOULD knit on trains, though it has never worked out-kids.

filthymindedvixen Sat 17-Feb-07 10:14:19

I was knitting yesterdsay at soft play place. (Did it sort of half under the table, felt like i was doing something sordid and shameful in public TBH and dh made a big fuss about me doing it (he was reading)
The felt very as an old lady came over and started banging on about was I knitting baby's layette (well, ds had the snip 2 years ago so...)

NotQuiteCockney Sat 17-Feb-07 10:16:33

Oh, yes, my DH is resolutely against me KIP ... well, in certain circumstances. Thanks to his insistance, I don't even try to knit through church services, which is more than a bit annoying, as I hate church services ...

filthymindedvixen Sat 17-Feb-07 10:21:05

I wouldn't mind but he was wearing a bloody awful woollen hat (not knitted by me i hasten to add) in public!

RubyRioja Sat 17-Feb-07 10:51:20

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