Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-24-2006, 04:56 PM   #1
Grafting the Toe
CarmenIbanez's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Southern California Desert
Posts: 5,994
Thanks: 16
Thanked 62 Times in 57 Posts
KIP, Margo Style
Sorry if someone already posted this, I was out of town last week when it ran.... By the way, if you're not already a fan, Margo is Ann Landers daughter. She also used to write the advice column, Dear Prudence on


DEAR MARGO: I am a knitter involved in a number of online communities discussing this popular craft.

Many knitters are accustomed to working on small projects wherever they are -- waiting rooms, public transportation, in the car, etc. As a consequence, the subject of "knitting etiquette" is discussed fairly often, and these debates become heated.

Experienced knitters can carry on conversations while knitting, barely paying attention to the needles in their hands. Many believe that it's perfectly acceptable to knit while in social settings (graduation ceremonies, parties, family reunions, etc.).

The latest debate concerned a wedding reception: Could an experienced knitter bring a small project to a reception without being rude? My opinion is that knitting is inappropriate in any setting that is not casual (like the wedding reception, or a graduation ceremony).

Even if one can listen and participate attentively, knitting away on a sock makes you seem uninterested in the proceedings. I equate it with skimming a magazine or reading a book at one of these events. Can you please share your insight on this? -- POLITE KNITTER IN NEW YORK

DEAR POL: Aha! I am a needlepointer and am always trying to figure out when I can get away with doing needlework in public! I think "casual" is the keyword here.

If, for example, you're at a holiday dinner, say Thanksgiving, where people sit around for quite a while before and after the meal, then it's OK to do hand work -- so long as you can make eye contact every once in a while, and occasionally speak so they don't think you've passed out.

Community meetings, for example, would be acceptable occasions to knit, but any ceremonial occasion would make a knitter look like a clod. (And now, the same conundrum is facing people who use BlackBerries and Treos!) -- Margo, attentively
CarmenIbanez is offline   Reply With Quote


This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 05-24-2006, 05:01 PM   #2
Knitting the Flap
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 348
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Good advice, methinks.
IrishBaby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2006, 06:17 PM   #3
Grafting the Toe
rebecca's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Follow the Yellow Brick Road...
Posts: 7,620
Thanks: 189
Thanked 92 Times in 66 Posts
:D ditto
Addicted to the Knit is Becka

"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."

Whimsical Knitting
Whimsical Knitting Designs

I'm Becka on Ravelry!
rebecca is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Knitting Style deeklaver General Knitting 2 09-03-2010 05:18 PM
Is there a name for this technique/style? MoniDew General Knitting 11 08-28-2009 10:15 AM
Second Fauxhawk hat NFL Style beckyrhae What'cha Knittin'? 8 11-23-2007 05:47 PM
My Style Of Knitting - What Is It? Nuu General Knitting 6 12-16-2005 02:12 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:43 AM.