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« Reply #450 on: October 14, 2007 03:36:30 PM »

I have to admit, I have occasionally been a rude knitter. I knit during family get-togethers (mainly Christmas and Thanksgiving). People assume because I'm knitting I can't pay attention to their conversation and I've had relatives get huffy about it. So, I try to work on simple projects that don't require me staring at the work so I can still maintain eye contact during conversations. I don't think I could knit at a funeral or wedding. I haven't attended a church service in years, but looking back on my childhood I wish I would have had some sort of mental distraction. I don't say that to be disrespectful to those who enjoy church services, but I was forced to attend and hated every minute of it.

I felt bad for this one teenage girl that was sitting at a table next to mine in a restaurant one night a couple of years ago. She and her parents were waiting for their order to come out and the young girl pulled a pair of knitting needles out of her tote bag and a skein of yarn. Her parents reamed her out right there in front of everyone for knitting at the table. I felt so bad for her because you could tell she was mortified.
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« Reply #451 on: October 14, 2007 06:49:39 PM »

When I went to church, I would knit and crochet during most of the service, otherwise I would get distracted or start to doze off.  It kept me alert.
You know what, I agree with this. Normally I don't doze off but my mind wanders. However, when I was knitting, I paid the most attention than I may ever have to one of his homilies! It's not for lack of wanting to listen, it is just that my mind wanders and knitting helped me to concentrate.
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« Reply #452 on: October 14, 2007 10:31:45 PM »



Some of the people are so stuck up that they won't even shake your hand during the "peace section" of mass (if you don't want to do this, then why call yourself a Christian or go to church?!!  Huh).

Totally OT, but I just wanted to chime in and say that, wow, that stinks!  I would have a really hard time going to mass if the only church I could go to was that cold towards me.
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« Reply #453 on: October 14, 2007 11:31:27 PM »



Some of the people are so stuck up that they won't even shake your hand during the "peace section" of mass (if you don't want to do this, then why call yourself a Christian or go to church?!!  Huh).

Totally OT, but I just wanted to chime in and say that, wow, that stinks!  I would have a really hard time going to mass if the only church I could go to was that cold towards me.
Yeah, you can see why I don't want to go. I mean, here I am spending a lot of time out of a very busy day - I normally have to take almost 3 hours out of my day to go to this mass it is at least an hour and a half - to have people be extremely rude to me. It is not only the time, but also the fact that people who are supposedly religious are doing this - as I mentioned the hypocritical old lady is a regular at mass. The hypocrisy and pontification get to me. The one thing that keeps me going, in all honesty, is Catholic Guilt about not going to mass every Sunday. As soon as I deal with that, I will pray from home!
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« Reply #454 on: October 15, 2007 09:18:02 AM »

Not a churchgoer myself - but  have met a few knitters who work on small projects. scarves mostly, in church. I totally get the concentration thing. I also know some people who knit during college lectures or business meetings. It keeps them focused and attentive. Me, if i don't have something to do with my hands at all times, I fidget, which I think would be considerably more rude in those situations than knitting. I would think that as long as whomever is speaking (pastor, professor, etc.) isn't bothered by it - and I think once you explain that it makes you a better listener they couldn't possibly be - then nobody else can disapprove.
Incidently, I don't go to church but I do believe in God. I feel like God is in everything, everywhere, so in a way, I'm always knitting in church.
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« Reply #455 on: December 14, 2007 04:40:28 PM »

I think that knitting's pretty tame but I've had two experiences in the last month where I was knitting and I might as well have been wearing a clown suit and carrying a chain saw judging by the looks I got. 
       
          1) Downtown Las Vegas (on Fremont Street)

          2) A Tool concert (between acts)

What's the most surreal place you've ever knitted?


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« Reply #456 on: December 14, 2007 04:45:15 PM »

i knitted at my son's winter concert. i got all kinds of strange looks, like i am a bad mother or something. i did stop when my son was on "he plays the flute"
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« Reply #457 on: December 14, 2007 06:08:58 PM »

I knit in class all the time.
I had a sub in Physics yesterday who looked at me like I had 5 arms and 7 heads.
"Are you KNITTING?  What are you, 85?"
"Yes.  Yes I am in my 80's. Cry about it *knitknit*"
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« Reply #458 on: December 14, 2007 06:27:36 PM »

On Mt. Everest! Of course I brought my knitting needles...It was a month long trip people!
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« Reply #459 on: December 14, 2007 06:36:31 PM »

I knit at my boyfriend's volleyball games. His teammates think it's hilarious and make fun all the time. I don't know the rules to volleyball, so I'd rather get something done while I'm there.
I also knit in class all the time. Some teachers let me, others ask me to stop, as if I can't listen to them talking if I have something in my hands.
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