Warning: slightly gross.
So I read the "strangest things people have said about your knitting" thread and noticed that some people think knitting needles are dangerous ("you might poke out your eye with them," etc.). My boyfriend often tells me that he thinks I shouldn't knit in the car for that same reason: what if we get into a car accident and one of the needles spears me? I tell him that I trust his driving when he says this, and keep knitting.
Okay, it sounds a little farfetched, but this happened to me, sort of. I was maybe 12 years old and knitting while watching a ball game on TV with my parents. At a commercial break, I looked down and realized that one of my knitting needles was stabbed into my knee!! It wasn't in very deep (maybe 1/4" or less), so I stopped the bleeding and it wasn't a big deal.
This was with a #6 needle, for the record. My mother probably still has that pair somewhere at her house. I have *no* idea how it happened, I just remember looking down and being very confused.
Has anyone else done this? Everyone I've told this story to thinks I'm a nut!