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Old 07-16-2008, 09:46 AM   #1
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Has anyone read Dear Abby today? She said that in her opinion it is rude to knit, crochet or do quilting at a meeting or public gathering. Any comments?
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:56 AM   #2
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I have a friend that knits during family gatherings like Thanksgiving. It does sound rude and anti-social.

I know it bugs my mother when my sister takes her knitting to family functions.

I can't bring myself to do it, but when I think about doing it, it doesn't feel rude. Does that make sense?

But I think non-knitters find it rude, so I don't do it.
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:11 AM   #3
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I don't think it's rude, but my husband does. I wanted to take my knitting with me on Christmas day when we went to visit his family because all we do is eat and then sit in the family room for HOURS on end. I thought I could get in some good knitting time, but he was very offended. Needless to say, I left my knitting at home.
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Old 07-24-2008, 09:58 AM   #4
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When in doubt, ASK! Whether it's a family gathering or conference, ask those involved. ANY no, means no. Otherwise, get a feel for the event and make a choice!

As far as boring family "sit around and do nothing" time....others may be relieved to have something to talk about--your knitting!
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:56 AM   #5
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That's crazy! She is obviously not a knitter! I have a feeling she's going to be getting a few angry letters from knitters, crocheters and quilters.
When I knit at events it is always something easy so I don't have to keep referring to a pattern. I wouldn't knit at say a wedding or funeral but I have knit at lectures at my church. No one was bothered and it helped me stay alert. I think more people were disturbed by the guy a few rows behind me playing on his cell.
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:10 AM   #6
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I can easily see how it would be seen as rude to a non-knitter or even a knitter. Sometimes it IS rude to knit at a meeting and public gathering.
Some bosses are probably okay with it, but I don't think I'd want to knit in a meeting, no one would think you're paying attention. Plus you're at work...shouldn't you be working?
Public places it's different, like on the bus, or at a park, but I doubt that's what she meant. She probably meant at public gatherings like concerts or a play, which would be very rude. The performers would probably be insulted because it looks as though you are bored or ignoring them.
All in all, I think we all have to be aware of the situation when we knit in public and make sure we don't do it an innapropriate times.

Does anyone have a link to it? I couldn't find it online.
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:25 AM   #7
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I don't have a link, but I read it in both the Tampa Tribune and the St. Petersburg Times this morning. It was the last letter.
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DEAR ABBY: Is it rude or inconsiderate for a person to knit, crochet or piece a quilt while attending a meeting or other gathering? -- CURIOUS IN THE SUNBELT

DEAR CURIOUS: Although I may get some argument about this, I do think it's rude. When someone is attending a meeting or a social gathering, it is considered good manners to give the speaker or other attendees your full attention. And while I expect to hear from readers who say they can "multi-task," to do so sends the wrong message.


I have to agree with her this time!
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:42 AM   #9
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I saw it and it does seem rude the way it was framed. She did say she expected letters to the contrary. I think it is fine to knit in public if you are alone or with friends who don't mind.
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