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Apr 20, 2017 08:28:55   #
marthat
 
This topic was discussed at a yarn group recently. The husbands of several friends do not want/allow them to knit on trips for safety reasons. I keep a small project in the car so I CAN knit. Neither my husband nor I have given much thought to what might happen in case of an accident. Opinions/thoughts on this.?
 
Apr 20, 2017 08:33:30   #
Porkypine0727
 
I have never been hurt knitting in the car. Been at it for years. If your car wreck is so bad that a knitting needle is a problem, I think you've got bigger problems!
Apr 20, 2017 08:35:15   #
Cindycz
 
I and my husband prefer I knit on long familiar trips as traffic makes me very nervous at times!
Apr 20, 2017 08:35:28   #
M2SMRTFORU
 
If they are that concerned do a project using circular needles. They would bve safer than straigh ones.
Apr 20, 2017 08:39:13   #
Jenniwren
 
I knit or crochet in the car - keeps me quiet! I do use a circular needle instead of straights, having dropped one of the straights and not been able to get at it until we stopped.
Apr 20, 2017 08:39:34   #
mlab (a regular here)
 
Statistics come in very handy in these sorts of discussions, I reckon. What are the chances of the various husbands having an accident? Are they such bad or reckless drivers that their record of having their wives killed in a car accident is such that no wife should ever sit in a car with one of them?
The chances are that they are just normal average drivers, no better or worse than the average, which is precisely what the average is...
So their chances of having an accident is pretty unlikely. Now, let's add the knitting to the equation. Of all the drivers who have had an accident when their wives were knitting, how many of the knitting wives caused a severe injury to themselves or, heavens forbid, to their husband? I reckon you are probably more likely to be killed by lightening, though I have not looked up the figures, I have to admit.
I reckon these husbands either do not understand statistics or are ever so slightly controlling individuals. The man who is going to tell me when I can knit is not yet born!!!
Of course, I presumed you meant the passenger, not the driver!!!!!! Chances are that those men do not knit - such a shame!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for allowing me to chuckle while typing... I am not driving at the same time, nor knitting...
 
Apr 20, 2017 08:39:52   #
pattibe (a regular here)
 
I always knit in the car - as a passenger, of course. Only time I ever think about it is when I have a cable needle in my mouth...the most convenient place to keep it handy.....if we got in an accident, would the cable needle get lodged in my palate? Other than that, what could possibly be unsafe while knitting in the car? I have a friend who shall remain nameless who knits at red lights - she is the driver.
Apr 20, 2017 08:40:50   #
Nannycatx3 (new user)
 
I have never thought about safety issues related to knitting in a car. I suppose there might be a small chance of poking yourself with a needle if you're in a serious accident. For me, the benefits of knitting outweigh the risks. I'm taking my knitting!
Apr 20, 2017 08:41:11   #
FiberQueen
 
I agree knit away but use a circular needle. Not only safer but less likely to drop a needle which could cause a break in concentration for your husband.
Apr 20, 2017 08:42:07   #
knityknot (a regular here)
 
I knit and crochet in the car on long journeys always ask dh if he minds me doing my knitting always the same answer no of course not why should I mind.
Apr 20, 2017 08:43:19   #
mlab (a regular here)
 
knityknot wrote:
I knit and crochet in the car on long journeys always ask dh if he minds me doing my knitting always the same answer no of course not why should I mind.


Good sensible man!!!
 
Apr 20, 2017 08:43:19   #
torregro
 
I'm trying to envision a scenario where my husband tells me he doesn't "allow" me to do something. Nope.........can't even fathom that.
That said, I can certainly see in a car accident that a straight knitting needle *might* turn into something that pokes into a knitter. But, so would a pencil, and I don't hear much argument against working crossword puzzles in a car.
Apr 20, 2017 08:43:59   #
mlab (a regular here)
 
torregro wrote:
I'm trying to envision a scenario where my husband tells me he doesn't "allow" me to do something. Nope.........can't even fathom that.
That said, I can certainly see in a car accident that a straight knitting needle *might* turn into something that pokes into a knitter. But, so would a pencil, and I don't hear much argument against working crossword puzzles in a car.


Good sensible woman!!!
Apr 20, 2017 08:44:37   #
gdhavens
 
I have done a lot of knitting when a passenger in a car and, fortunately, have never been hurt by my knitting needles. There are a lot of potential dangers in the world, and if we let those stop us we would never leave our beds. I guess I depend on using my common sense and faith to get me through.
Apr 20, 2017 08:45:50   #
Nannycatx3 (new user)
 
I wondered about that "husband doesn't allow" part, too. That would not fly in my house!
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