Thursday, August 02, 2007

Knitting Etiquette?

Hmm, Knitting Etiquette is a rather funny thing. I think it's very subjective, and that there is a very thin (Shetland-weight) line between appropriate occasions to knit and inappropriate ones.

I have been knitting at our Artist Recitals here. These are informal concerts for my summer program, that we have every Monday and Wednesday nights. In the past, I would NEVER have knit at a concert, although I also would have welcomed anyone to knit while I was singing. Why the double-standard? Well, I guess it's because of the opinions of non-knitters (oh, the muggles).

I know that when I (personally) have an easy enough pattern, I actually can concentrate better on things (conversations, concerts, TV, movies) when I can knit at the same time! So I've got endless stockinette on the needles for my Icarus, and I choose to knit at the concert.

However, I understand that it could appear to others (audience members and performers alike) that I am paying less attention to the concert (conversation, movie...) because I am knitting. But, selfishly, I concentrate better AND I get my knitting time in!

This is the main reason why I don't knit in classes! I don't want to offend my professors, even though I'm the one doing the learning, and it would help me!

Likewise, when I hang out with some friends (mainly knitters, or those who 'get it'), I have no qualms about pulling out my WIP, but with others I know that it will offend them! How do you figure out exactly who those friends are?

Where do you draw the line? Do you have to put your knitting away at times when you don't think you should?

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Blogger Karlie said...

I actually speak to my professors beforehand, and explain the "better concentration" thing, and most of them don't mind at all! Of course I only do it in classes which have a minimum of note-taking. I also sometimes explain to my friends that I can definitely still pay attention to them while I'm knitting, but some do object.

7:58 AM  
Blogger AR said...

I knit all over the place. Hopefully, I don't offend anyone! Of course, most of my friends either knit or craft, so that's always ok.

10:20 PM  

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