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Old 01-21-2007, 01:31 AM   #1
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Is it acceptable to knit while waiting for your table, or while you wait for your food to come? I'm not talking like in 4 star restaurants, but your average, local eateries xxx
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Old 01-21-2007, 01:33 AM   #2
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Hmmm...I'm thinking while waiting for your table, yes, but while waiting for food, no. Unless I'm by myself, maybe. Just my two cents!
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Old 01-21-2007, 01:37 AM   #3
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I have knitted while waiting at Applebees and other restaurants like it. Don't usually get much done though since my food seems to come quicker when I am knitting while waiting for it...lol.
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Old 01-21-2007, 01:39 AM   #4
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I think its ok to knit both when you wait for the table and for the food, as long as its not while everyone is eating.

actually, it might be ok to do that to, if its just a casual lunch out thing. i dunno, i guess its just whatever u're cofortable doing.
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Old 01-21-2007, 01:41 AM   #5
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I don't see anything wrong with knitting while you are waiting for table or food. As long as you aren't bothering anyone (and how can knitting be bothersome??) it doesn't see like a problem.
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Old 01-21-2007, 01:53 AM   #6
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I usually only ever eat out with my boyfriend, and he doesn't mind... since he has his nose in a magazine most times. I was just wondering if others wouldn't find it odd to see someone clickin' away. Thanks for the "two cents" fellow knitters!
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lol who cares if they do? what's the chances you will ever see those people again in your life? Knit on!
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Just do it! People yak away loudly on their stupid cell phones all the time, so you should be able to knit your heart out.
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I think it's fine. The only reason I don't is because I know my husband would think I'm crazy for not putting down the needles for 5 minutes.
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA
(and how can knitting be bothersome??)
Well.....
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.
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