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, 11:08 PM   #11
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I read the title of this post and imagined you sitting/hiding under your desk while knitting away furiously I knit openly at work because my work environment is pretty lax to begin with, but also because several of my co-workers are fellow knitters. Pretty cool, I think!
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:24 PM   #12
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I do sometimes knit at work, and I never have to worry about getting in trouble with my boss . . . because I'm self employed!

It's not always possible, though. My job is transcribing state hearings, so most of the time my hands are too busy typing to knit. The "good" news is that once I've finished typing my hearings I need to proofread, which means going back and listening to them again while re-reading what I've typed. That's when I can manage to squeeze some knitting in, as long as it's nothing too complicated.

It does slow down my proofreading a little bit, but I'll often do it unless I'm running behind schedule. It makes the tedious proofreading process much more enjoyable.
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:32 AM   #13
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I only knit on my lunch or break. I work in a billing office and I do not have time to do anything with my hands but use a key board.
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:13 AM   #14
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Who knew there were so many of us out there!!! My job won't let me knit either, I'm a stay at home mom and a goldsmith! No idle hands there! BUT,...I attend a bible study once a week with a LOOOONNNGGG lecture. I love it but if I'm not knitting while the teacher is lecturing I fall asleep! I recall what she is saying much better if I'm knitting (as opposed to sleeping!!). I try to be discreet because I don't want to distract the others who are furiously note taking. In fact, I'll be sad when my study ends for the summer, not just because I like the study but because I loose valuable knitting time!! Hahaha!!
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:17 AM   #15
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Once in a while I sneak in a row or two.....but I am frequently on this site, if not actually knitting
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:26 AM   #16
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I can't knit at work -- although I come to KH sometimes when I'm waiting on my computer -- but I used to cross-stitch when I was in high school. I always finished my tests early and would cross-stitch for the rest of the hour.

In college, you can leave as soon as you're done, so it wasn't a habit I carried with me.

I used to crochet at family gatherings -- when everyone is just sitting around talking -- because I like to keep my hands busy. Then I had kids and now I don't just sit at family gatherings.
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I only knit during my lunch break and not all the time. Definitely did while doing Christmas knitting. My boss would come in and just giggle at me. I think he thinks knitting is for only older ladies. I told him that the crazy aunt who makes socks and slippers for everyone had to start somewhere! Here I am! But, I do feel a little weird knitting at work. Besides, if it's a tricky pattern I'm working on it makes me crazy to have to stop and start while answering the phone or doing something else. This is supposed to be a relaxing hobby, no?

However, that being said, if I don't knit I'll usually try to watch videos on knitting techniques that I want to try. Even watching knitting relaxes me. Is that weird?
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:20 AM   #18
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I don't knit under the desk or anything sneaky, but I usually keep a small project at work to fiddle with on my lunch hour. My boss giggles at me too when she sees me, and usually comes out to our little couch area and sits and chats with me. Outside of that, work is a bit too busy for knitting.
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:42 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by Sunshine's Mom View Post
However, that being said, if I don't knit I'll usually try to watch videos on knitting techniques that I want to try. Even watching knitting relaxes me. Is that weird?
Not weird at all!

If I can't be knitting, at least watching knitting technique videos gets me a little bit closer to the real thing, because it's usually techniques that I am trying to learn or understand better myself.

I don't get to knit under my desk everyday (I spend too much time forum reading or blogging about knitting, or ... actual work every now and then!) but when I do it really relaxes me
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I knit publically at work - no sneaking needed. It's a good way to mull over a pargraph I'm trying to write, and since I try to limit work knitting to mindless stuff like dishclothes, I can also read while I knit.

When my boss first "caught" me knitting, she commented that she used to work at a catholic high school and all the nuns brought their handwork to meetings. Those were the most productive meetings she had ever been in.
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