Originally Posted by Jan in CA
(and how can knitting be bothersome??)
Actually I'm all for public-knitting. I think it's fine and appropriate in most settings--plus your attitude goes a looong way should someone question it. But there are, of course, times and places where the needles should stay in their bags.
In college some people used to knit quietly during large lectures near the back of the room--and I thought that was cool. But I had one very small writing class (10 people or less) and there was a girl who would always knit when other people shared their work for critique...it bothered me for a number of reasons. It was a combination of the small setting (therefore the knitting/ignoring class being obvious), the loud needles in an atmosphere where everyone was trying to listen to details, the point of the class was to have discussions about our work and since she was knitting she never engaged and
she always had a sourpuss on her face and her knitting was a very dismissive act to all the other writers in the class that she thought sucked. Basically--she was a rude girl, and thus her knitting was rude.
On another occasion--I found knitting inappropriate even though the knitters were not being malicious. We were watching a play in a very small and intimate theater (less than 100 seats up very close to performance area) and two girls in the very very front row were knitting the entire first act. They were less than 5 feet from the actors, their needles were clicking very loudly and flashing as they got caught in the lights. It was hugely distracting for other audience members and I imaginge the actors as well. The stage manager had to come out during intermission and ask them to put the knitting away because the actors were getting peeved (and I don't blame them). THe girls did so happily and apologized but I always wondered--why were they there in the front row if they weren't gonna watch? I thought their knitting was inappropriate, but I didn't find them
rude or inappropriate b/c they were very pleasant.
That was long winded but...knitting in a restaurant waiting for a table? Way cool, go for it. Waiting for your food while at the table? I'd say go for it as long as your dinner company is cool with it.