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Old 05-19-2006, 11:51 PM   #1
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What do you think...okay to knit during a meeting?
DH and I are at odds... lots of ladies at my church will bring knitting to meetings (not formal services) and just happily knit along while listening. I would LOVE to do this but DH thinks it is not appropriate behavior. He would feel the same if I wanted to take it to the local city council meeting so it isn't that it is church.

What do you think? Do you "knit in public?" during meetings or other times your brain engages and your hands keep busy?

Just wondering..........
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Old 05-19-2006, 11:55 PM   #2
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I knit in public all the time. IN NORTHERN ILLINOIS!!!!!
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Old 05-20-2006, 12:08 AM   #3
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Tell your husband to loosen up and bring your knitting. It's perfectly acceptable.
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Old 05-20-2006, 12:22 AM   #4
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Knitting does not interfere your hearing, does it? Ask your hubby WHY it is not appropriate.
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Old 05-20-2006, 07:02 AM   #5
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i dont so it for work meetings, but i sure would for a city council meeting i was witnessing. i knit just about everywhere i can.

some lecturers are offended, so i do not knit in CME lectures, ACLS etc, except on breaks.
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Old 05-20-2006, 07:48 AM   #6
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Since you wanted our opinions,
I would never knit in public where absorbing what is being said or done is important not just my presence (like sitting in a waiting room). I would find it quite rude and wouldn't do it.
Do you not stop knitting when someone speaks to you and give them your attention totally, eye contact etc?
To me, what a person is saying or doing is more important than my need to knit, and the person may be upset that you don't care enough to pay attention and as I said, to me a person is more important.
You aren't totally listening when you are doing something else. Whether it's just making sure your pattern is correct, whether it's just counting stitchs, you are being rude and basically saying sorry you or what you are saying and doing don't deserve my entire attention.
Even when I knit watching TV I have to stop and look up occasionally and I know I've missed small things which of course I don't usually care as it is TV. (gotta love rewind)
Would do you do other things while listening to someone else speak to you? *shrug* I can't imagine sitting in a study and putting on makeup, eating lunch while no one else is, painting a picture.. The list goes on, Im sure you can think of others.
As always, Im the "other side" but that's my two cents.

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Old 05-20-2006, 08:02 AM   #7
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:XX: Knit away. You can knit and listen at the same time, if you couldn't LYSs wouldn't be able to hold knitting classes. When something catches your attention or you want to ask a question, you'll know. Women are great at multi-tasking-we raise families after all.
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Old 05-20-2006, 08:33 AM   #8
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I KNOW I listen better at meetings when I have knitting. I avoid bringing something that requires constant chart reading or pattern checking, though, because that will distract me.

If I don't have knitting, the little voice in my head is asking me what I'm going to do after the meeting, where I'm going to stop on the way home, what I'm going to do about dinner, etc. When I am knitting, that part of my brain seems to be kept busy and shuts up.

We have small meetings twice a week at work and I fully participate (sometimes to everyone's surprise because I look like I'm not paying attention).

My husband used to complain about a woman at church meetings who would knit. Even though I explained it to him--from personal experience--he didn't want to hear it. So too bad on him. He's wrong.
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Old 05-20-2006, 09:10 AM   #9
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Large meeting, yes -- small meeting, personally I'd ask whoever was running the meeting if they would be offended. I think *we* all know that knitting doesn't take away from our paying attention to people, but there are people out there who are really offended by it for some reason. I have a family member who is STILL mad at my mom for knitting at a gathering that happened almost 20 years ago. I know, I know, lighten up, right?? But still, I'd rather err on the side of not ruffling featheres in a meeting/ministry setting. :D
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I just spent several days in a conference and made a ton of progress on the Irish Hiking Scarf I've been working on. It was a large conference (100's of people) in a dimly-lit room. So the speaker couldn't see me, and I was able to stay awake and retain more than if I hadn't had the knitting to keep my hands occupied.

I would think a small conference might be a different issue (depending on the formality, I guess), but I don't think it's any different than reading the conference materials, doodling, etc. But I would also hope that if I were disturbing those around me that someone would say something.
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