So I visited my first knitting store and got a set of 5 US #2 double-pointed needles. Bamboo. Very nice, very expensive.
A couple weeks later I was getting ready to go back to school and piling stuff I wanted to take with me on my bed, including the needles in their package. My mom came in and said, "I didn't know you were allowed to burn incense in the dorms."
"Then why are you taking it with you?" (pointing at needles)
Thankfully my mom didn't decide to burn any "incense", but I shudder to think what could have happened if I hadn't explained what they really were...