View Full Version : do you ever knit at church or other places of worship?

08-18-2006, 02:09 PM
I began knitting at church about 1 month ago because it relaxes me soooo very much. I asked the pastor and he said he didn't mind.However, I still feel a little bit uncomfortable because I feel like people are watching me...
anyone else knit there too?

08-18-2006, 02:17 PM
I don't only because I know that my attention would be more on my knitting and less on the sermon. I have a hard time walking and chewing gum so I doubt I'd be able to do that. :roflhard: If you've asked the pastor and he doesn't mind, then I say go for it. :)

08-18-2006, 02:28 PM
Not during Sunday service I don't...however when they had a kids' crusade I did.

08-18-2006, 02:30 PM
My mom's the minister and I knit during her sermons. It works for the same reason that knitting during a lecture class works for me--it occupies that part of my mind that wanders away from the topic, allowing me to focus. I agree with your pastor. knit away, and don't worry about everyone else!

08-18-2006, 02:32 PM
Even when I'm not singing in the choir, there's too much activity in our liturgy- sit down, stand up, find the hymn, read responsively, etc- for me to knit, at least without dropping a needle or making some really bad mistakes. :doh: I have often wondered whether knitting a sock or something would help me pay more attention to the sermon, though- I tend to listen for the first 5 minutes, then grab an idea and wander off thinking about it... The idea feels kind of wrong, though, even though I know my pastor wouldn't mind. (She's a knitter, too. ;) )

08-18-2006, 02:37 PM
I don't do church. Though I'm sure anyone would prefer to see you knit during church than sleep. I used to see a LOT of that! :rofl:

08-18-2006, 05:02 PM
I knit every Sunday in church. My paster doesn't mind at all. He says I'm the only person he knows for sure is paying attention. I guess it also helps that i'm his assistant so he sees/talks to me more than the other members of the church.

08-18-2006, 08:22 PM
Do you look up and knit? I don't know if I could do it. Unless I'm straight knitting I still need to look at my work. I watch Movies/TV and still follow so I guess it wouldn't be much different. But I think I'd feel weird. We moved to a very, how do I say this, "conformed" church. Lots of older folks set in their ways. We were introduced as the youngest in the church!

08-18-2006, 10:03 PM
No. I am pretty sure my pastor wouldn't like it and since I work for the church...that makes him my boss.

But even more importantly that, God is an important part of my life and I want to be focused on Him during service. I just feel it is inappropriate.

Pink Dandelion
08-18-2006, 10:10 PM
I have knit in church before, it's always something small I can keep in my lap and really mindless that just keeps my hands busy. I've never had anyone in my church consider it rude or disrespectfull of either God or the preacher. Usually I'm only met with friendly questions about what I'm working on and smiles when anyone notices. I'm sure this has to do with your church and the people at it though. But If I felt it bothered them I wouldn't knit. During worship there's too much going on - prayers to stop for, hyms to find in the hymnal etc., but during the lesson I knit to to keep my mind from wandering. I've found I actually pay MUCH better attention and my mind actually stays on track.

08-18-2006, 10:20 PM
I only knit stuff that I have memorized because I have my Bible and my patterns on my Palm. I don't like switching between my patterns, which are PDFs, and my Bible program. Also, if I had to follow a pattern I know I wouldn't pay attention at all. I can also knit without looking although I'm a bit slower when I don't look.

08-18-2006, 10:32 PM
Yep, I'd knit in church. It's something quiet that one can do to keep their hands busy and if anyone is like me, it only helps me concentrate more. After all, idle hands are the devil's tools....

08-18-2006, 10:41 PM
I can't see me stitching during a service, but if I was waiting for the kids programs to finish or something like that, maybe....

08-18-2006, 10:54 PM
I've also never had anyone react negatively to my knitting. During the greeting people come up to me and ooh and ahh over whatever I'm making. Now that I knit I can pretty much recite the main parts of the sermon. Don't get me wrong, I don't knit during prayer or when we are reading from the bible. Also my church is a very interactive, more like school, church. My pastor gives individuals homework assignments to be presented the next Sunday. I guess that's why I'm so comfortable knitting there because we aren't the sit and be quiet kind of church.

I believe if you think God would think it's inappropriate for you to knit during the service, you shouldn't do it. But I think He doesn't mind me doing it.

08-18-2006, 11:40 PM
I sometimes knit during church, but normally only during Sunday School. It's a small church and easy for my pastor to see me, though i don't think he'd care.

08-19-2006, 02:02 AM
if i was sitting and waiting for someone during the week or something like that i wouldn't have a problem doing it but never at a point when people might think i was knitting during a service. it isn't even the "what would they think" issue so much as the "it just doesn't sit right with me" issue.

08-19-2006, 09:01 AM
It doesn't sit right with me either -- I can't really explain why, but everything within me says, "no way, I would never even consider it." Also....I'm like a broken record with my kids, trying to get them to not do things in church that distract other people. Even if I did come to a point where I thought it was appropriate for me (and I wasn't wrangling small children), I would never want to take the risk of distracting anyone else. :shrug:

08-19-2006, 09:11 AM
I would prolly while waiting for the services to begin but I'd have to put it up then.. I wouldn't feel right kniting during the services.. its like wearing pants I can't do that either.. I have to wear a skirt or I just feel wrong :shrug:

08-19-2006, 11:53 AM
i would if i could but i feel its direspectful. you can knit at home. you're there to hear the Word not knit. take notes or something.. though i know i am no saint... cause i just started going again.. and it is hard for me to payatterntion especially when i have this beautiful baby sitting in my lap! :muah: but sometimes i start thining of my knitting... :verysad:

08-19-2006, 12:45 PM
Lonnie plays and sings for church, so we get there early for the band's practice (they are very, very good, by the way!) and I knit then, but I do put it away for the service. I feel as if I would be disrespectful if I knit during the sermon. It's like I feel when I'm talking with someone, I don't knit when I am talking face to face with someone, I feel as though I should give them my attention...I feel the same way in church. :wink:

08-19-2006, 02:29 PM
It doesn't sit right with me either -- I can't really explain why, but everything within me says, "no way, I would never even consider it." Also....I'm like a broken record with my kids, trying to get them to not do things in church that distract other people. Even if I did come to a point where I thought it was appropriate for me (and I wasn't wrangling small children), I would never want to take the risk of distracting anyone else. :shrug:
The distracting other people is a valid point, I can totally understand that. You certainly don't want to be distracting other people when they're trying to pay attention. I don't worry about being a distracting because I'm sure that nobody can tell what I'm doing, honestly, but if people CAN see what you're doing, then maybe you want to reconsider.

08-19-2006, 02:41 PM
I'm the organist at my church, and I knit during the sermon every Sunday. No one has ever complained, and I'm sitting right behind the pastor, on the front row of the choir loft. There is a low wall in front of my seat, so no one can really see what I'm doing.

I've been a church organist for almost 30 years now, and I've heard lots of sermons. I have a good, strong relationship with the Lord.

I'm usually working on a charity project during the sermon, so it almost feels like the item is being "blessed". I sometimes pray for the person who will be receiving the item, so that makes it even more special.


08-19-2006, 03:08 PM
I don't think it's inconsiderate, at least you GO! Which is worse? Going to church and knitting while listening or not going at all?

08-19-2006, 04:06 PM
I've always thought it was ridiculous for people to be judgmental of others. Usually when someone tells me I shouldn't be doing something, I know it's just their personal preference that I don't.

If it bothers someone to see me knitting, then they aren't paying attention to what's important anyway!

Matthew 7:3-5
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."

08-19-2006, 05:22 PM
That's a good passage Sandy.

This is funny, well I mean good to read. For several months I have wanted to knit so badly in church. I go to church in New York city and also in my small village in upstate NY where my house is. In Manhattan the priests are so outrageous, fantastic I mean, smart and inspiring, you learn so much you don't want to look away for a minute. I love them.

But up here in the mountains they recently got a new priest (a bunch of people didn't like the other new one and booted him out)
and I swear, I need to knit so bad when he's doing his sermon.
He reads it and just drones on and on and is so impersonal. Actually, one sunday it was so beautiful out, the sun the air and I was knitting on the way to church and I couldn't bear to go in and hear him again, it can get depressing in its irritation. So my husband went in and I sat in the car with the windows down and the sun and the trees moving all around and I knit for 45 minutes and I truly felt closer to god than if I was inside.

Having said all that, I'm still feeling awkward to actually knit there. I would only knit during the sermon and I suppose it might look disrespectful but it would make it so much easier to listen to him and his sometimes phony empty stories.

08-20-2006, 10:23 AM
I'm one of the incredibly hyperactive types- always have been. I can't pay attention at all if my hands are busy. I would get nothing out of a sermon if I didn't keep busy. I can knit while I read, sing, or do anything else (a normal evening is knitting while reading AND watching TV) and it helps me to focus.

I'm also always knitting for others- mostly baby blankets and now sweaters. I'm putting my thoughts and prayers and love for the person into every stitch- and often the sermon helps me to remember why I'm sitting there putting so much time and effort into a project.

I grew up in a very conservative church, and they never approved of me doing anything during the sermon. Of course, this is the same church that practically disowned me when I was accepted into engineering school, since that is not "proper" for a woman to do. The only place a woman belonged (according to them) was the kitchen and the nursery. I couldn't even ask questions in Sunday School- it wasn't proper for a female to question a man's teaching. I think I crocheted at that point just to get back at them... it was a "proper" task, they just didn't like it during the sermon.

I figure God would not have given me the talent for making things if he didn't mean for it to be used for good. Every time I see the smile on the face of an expectant mother or someone receiving one of my sweaters- I know I've done the right thing. I made someone know that they are loved, and every time they see what has been made for them, they will be reminded.

Sorry for a long post :) I just love what I do, and I'll never stop just because I face a little disapproval from some of the more traditional church members.


08-20-2006, 02:35 PM
That's lovely Laura, so well put. Thanks for the post!

08-20-2006, 10:51 PM
I love reading all of your posts. :D I personally think it would be disrespectful to knit in church. I was also raised in a stricter environment and was taught to be quiet and listen to the sermon.

I couldn't even begin to imagine trying to knit during a sermon. From how I was raised, that thought just doesn't make any sense to me. :??

Now on the knitting side of my brain :wink: it makes all the sense in the world, but I personally wouldn't be able to hear all of the sermon because I consentrate to hard on what I'm doing. I'd make a big mess of my work if I attempted that, but if your minister says its fine then more power to ya!! :blooby:

08-20-2006, 11:09 PM
I have an incredibly good pastor, so I don't have to worry about boredom. If I weren't so blessed, I still don't think I would knit in church. It seems like it would be very distracting to other worshipers, especially if you were knitting with metal needles!