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Old 06-24-2009, 01:30 PM   #1
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Knitting while walking?
Just curious if anyone has attempted to knit while walking...

Due to a "walking challenge" at work and personal health reasons, I need to get myself moving. (My job requires that I sit at a computer most of the day.) I started using a pedometer and my numbers are horrible. My husband said, "Maybe you should try walking while you knit." I think he meant it as a joke but the funny thing is that I had already thought of it shortly before he said it.

Knitting while walking on a treadmill is not a possibility for me. I had an encounter with a treadmill last Fall. (Still have scars from it.) While I am not afraid of the treadmill, I certainly don't want to have another incident.

But what about walking around the neighborhood? Would socks be an easy project to do while walking? Could I just get a lap bag to carry my supplies? Any ideas?

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Old 06-24-2009, 01:40 PM   #2
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I won't thought that would be advisable because your could easily trip up something and stab yourself. It's a funny thought though walking while you knit.
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:51 PM   #3
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Sure! If you do a small project like dishcloths or socks it would be pretty easy. There are small bags that have a handle/wrist strap on them that could carry the yarn while you walk. I would nix the large projects though. And it would help if you can look up a lot while knitting..otherwise you could trip and hurt yourself.

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Old 06-24-2009, 02:43 PM   #4
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Yes, Christmas, I had to get some projects done since they were gifts...I needed every minute I had so when it came time to get my daughter from school, I'd knit while I walked up to the had a coat with big pockets so I just put my ball of yarn in my pocket and knitted from it...You could also use a handbag or something, I'm sure.
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Old 06-24-2009, 02:47 PM   #5
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Just be aware of the drivers that are reading novels or maps..

I'd recommend garter stitch and circular needles. That way you don't have to look at your work as much and if a needles slips out it shouldn't hit the ground where it might get scarred up.

Alternatively you could download knitting podcasts to your mp3 player and listen to talk about knitting while you walk.

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Old 06-24-2009, 03:38 PM   #6
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I have a tendency to walk into things (signs, poles, etc.) if I don't watch where I'm going. I can knit and read, but I don't dare knit and walk.

(There are also walking video workouts, which can be handy if the weather is bad - )
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Old 06-24-2009, 04:39 PM   #7
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Certainly you can walk and knit. I've seen a lot of people doing just that in South America. I'd stay off of busy roads, however, and skip trying to use an IPOD or MP3 player at the same time.
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:07 PM   #8
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Safety first. Don't knit while walking until you can pay more attention to where your feet are going than having to look at your knitting. Lots of people can knit while walking and not looking at the knitting. (I'm not one of them, however.)

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It sounds like a nice idea, but I'm just envisioning a poke in the eye. I wouldn't try it.
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:47 PM   #10
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It sounds like a nice idea, but I'm just envisioning a poke in the eye. I wouldn't try it.
I agree and I'd be the one getting the poke...just not this coordinated!
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