She said I could do anything "surf the internet, read, just don't knit"
I work at the front desk of a hotel, and when business is slow and it's late at night, I bust out my knitting. All of my managers have seen me knit, and, though they give me strange looks, they haven't repremanded me. My arguement to them would be that since there's nothing else going on, what difference does it make whether I'm reading or writing or knitting, just so long as I'm available when someone needs me? To me, reading and knitting at work amount to the same thing except you have more to show when you've knit and people ask more questions as far as what you're knitting as opposed to what you're reading.
Then again, some places are strict and some places aren't. My management is super lax, so we can get away with a lot of things people normally wouldn't be able to at work.