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Old 12-06-2006, 06:20 PM   #1
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Accident prone with knitting needles? (slightly gross)
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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!
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:59 PM   #2
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From someone who once fell into the dishwasher (backwards) and sat on a knife, no, that doesn't sound at all unusual
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Old 12-06-2006, 07:32 PM   #3
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I was winding a ball of sock yarn, and I had my legs crossed with my dpns (size1) on my lap. I guess one had fallen on the floor and I went to get up and put my leg down, and I had the needle in the side of my calf. It went in, maybe, 1/4 to 1/2 inch in. I was kind of shocked. I didn't hurt until after I had pulled it out. Funny thing was, there were about five of my friends over, and the next day at school, they all were making fun of me for stabbing myself with my needles.
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Old 12-06-2006, 07:35 PM   #4
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Gosh, as accident prone as I am (see thread how do you know if you've broken your toe ) I haven't done anything quite that bad yet. I have given myself a nice big callus on my right pointer finger from using metal circs though
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Old 12-06-2006, 07:49 PM   #5
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Managed to stab myself in the thigh with one of my US 13 needles last week. It hurt like buggery! It could have used a stitch (haha!), but I was too embarrassed to go to the ER.
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Old 12-06-2006, 09:02 PM   #6
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You want embarassing? This is not knitting related, but my friend called me a little over a year ago to ask me to drive him to the hospital. He was taking the trash out and cut his arm open on a soup can.
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Old 12-07-2006, 03:45 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by lauraknits
From someone who once fell into the dishwasher (backwards) and sat on a knife, no, that doesn't sound at all unusual
OUCH!
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Old 12-07-2006, 12:50 PM   #8
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Laura, that accident is scary!

I feel a little less accident prone after hearing these. All of us need to be more careful, I think!
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Old 12-07-2006, 02:40 PM   #9
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My dh told me a story about a woman who was washing spaghetti plates from the night before. The spaghetti was dried on. As she was scrubbing a piece of the spaghetti poked her under her nail, broke off, and she ended up having surgery to get it out.

So the moral of the story is. . .
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Old 12-07-2006, 03:00 PM   #10
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Make DH do the dishes?


OR:

Make DH install a new dishwasher?



Okay, in my house the answer would be: Do the dishes as soon as they come off the table?



I'm sorry for your owies! I've had some really dumb accidents in my life, but not with knitting.
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