View Poll Results: Do you knit under your desk at work or school?
Yes, sneakily 6 12.50%
Yes, not sneakily (i.e. my boss/teachers know) 15 31.25%
No. 20 41.67%
No, but now I will! 1 2.08%
No, my boss/teacher doesn't let me 6 12.50%
I don't knit under my desk, but I crochet under it! 0 0%
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Old 05-06-2009, 02:42 PM   #1
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Does anyone else knit under their desk?
Such as at work or school?

I knit under my desk at work all the time! I'm an elementary teacher, so when it's during the school year I knit when I'm on a break (the kids are at gym or music or something) or while they are taking a test while I walk around monitoring. During the summer months when I work temp office receptionist jobs (like right now) I knit in my lap/under the desk because it can get reeeeeeally quiet and reeeeeeally slow from time to time.

I wish I had learned to knit while I was still in high school or college -- that would've been awesome. Just thinking of all that knittable time wasted makes me sick!

Anyone else?

P.s. http://knittingunderthedesk.wordpress.com ... also a group "Knitting Under the Desk" on Ravelry
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Old 05-06-2009, 02:47 PM   #2
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Yes! At work.

My job is the type that I am either full out or bored silly, so my knitting comes with me every day.

January is sooooooooooo quiet I have a "work" project and a "home" project. So I complete 2 things almost at the same time. That feels great!
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Old 05-06-2009, 03:31 PM   #3
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Haha. No, I knit out in the open during my break time. But I don't bring it with me everyday. Only when I don't have to pay too much attention to it.
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Old 05-06-2009, 05:24 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by swcheng15 View Post
Haha. No, I knit out in the open during my break time. But I don't bring it with me everyday. Only when I don't have to pay too much attention to it.
Hehe ya, I totally knit in the open during my break times and knit on my lunch (in my office building, the top floor has a cafeteria and is all enclosed in glass with lots of live plants. It's so great to sit in the comfy chairs up there in the sun during the winter when it's too cold to be outside... you could almost pretend you were somewhere warm and tropical instead of Canada!) I also love knitting on the 30 min each way public transit commute. People look at me funny but I don't mind!

When I'm at my desk, though, I keep it "sneakily" in my lap and do it somewhat under the desk out of the view of everyone else. Since I'm the reception desk at my summer job, it's not difficult to keep it concealed really. During the lulls it keeps me sane and helps to pass the time. And if the phone actually rings I can just set it down in my lap.
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Old 05-06-2009, 06:37 PM   #5
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I frequently am done work before dh arrives to pick me up. So I'll knit in my office with the door shut. I fel guilty, I shouldn't because my work is done but am always afraid someone will see me and not know I'm actually "off the clock" so I sneak!
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:11 PM   #6
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Sadly, no, I have one of those jobs that keep me occupied 100% of the time, and I end up going home every day leaving unfinished business.

It's a joke my boss makes, though, like if he was away for a day and he knows it was busy, he'll ask, "How much knittin' did you get done yesterday?" Or when we appear to be taking one step forward and two steps back he'll say, "I guess we'll have to cut out the knitting!"

My husband, however, has (had) the perfect job. He works reception at a hotel, often during the night. He usually ends up surfing the internet all night or napping.
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:49 PM   #7
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Haha! Totally! I was knitting during a test today (the teacher is REALLY laid back and sometimes inadequate, in my opinion) and I was knitting, so I missed a question and asked him to repeat it. He repeated it and my friend said, "You missed it because you were KNITTING!" And I said, "Problem?" It shut her up reeeeeeally quick.
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Old 05-06-2009, 08:40 PM   #8
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yes! not sneakily, but discretely. I knit under my sampling table whilst sampling out my teas. I also knit in the back row of church and under the desk in Sunday school. I try not to allow my shoulders to move, so as not to distract anyone who might be trying to pay attention to something other than the obsessive/compulsive knitter in the congregation. (thus, back row).
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Old 05-06-2009, 09:53 PM   #9
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I don't have to be sneaky, we can read, crochet, knit, work puzzles, etc between phone calls (customer service call center), though they like to give us enough work so we don't have time to. But sometimes we get 5-10 minutes between calls for a while, then it goes back to being busy, then slows down.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:44 PM   #10
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I knit all the time at school! I'm a university student and out of all my college professors it only bothered one! (And she was a scatterbrain anyways, my knitting probably distracted her!) One of my teachers told me that if it seemed like my grades were slipping he would ask me to stop but I get great grades as it is so he couldn't complain! I got straight As the last two semesters since I've been knitting, maybe it helps!! :P I knit on the bus too, it's about forty-five minutes each way so its a good time. I don't get weird looks, people are just curious as to what I'm making or how I do it, etc. and it leads to a nice conversation! Since I don't have TV, I don't just leisurely watch a program and knit. So I get A LOT of my knitting done during lectures at school. I take notes mind you, but when they go on a long tangent or are giving more examples than I need, I knit away! :D
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