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May 19, 2017 08:38:00   #
the-pearl-hunter
 
I know a lot of our KP's from the US knit in public a lot.

I have never in all my 68 years seen anyone in the UK doing the same.

Can't even remember seeing it when I was little and more people knitted.

Over the last 6 months I have spent a lot of time for one thing or another in appointment waiting rooms.

After reading about others on here doing it, I thought why not.

So have started taking my knitting with me, just something small.

Some times the appointments have run over by as much as two hours.

My hubby thinks it's a good idea, he likes to people watch. I just get cross at the waste of time.

I've had so many funny looks, with people talking to someone their with and nodding my way.

I'm wondering if I'm beginning to grow two heads or something.

Margaret UK
 
May 19, 2017 08:41:01   #
Patian (a regular here)
 
Maybe you'll start a whole new wave of knitters who knit in public!
May 19, 2017 08:42:17   #
luvrcats (a regular here)
 
I always take knitting with me--especially if I know there might be a long wait for one reason or another. My thinking is this: I'd rather have it with me and not need it, then to leave it at home and need it!!! Sometimes, a wonderful conversation gets started--with a total stranger--and this can be fun and enlightening to others. Who knows, by knitting in public--another person may become interested, too!!! You go girl--knit, knit, knit wherever you may be!!
May 19, 2017 08:42:31   #
spins2knit (a regular here)
 
You are a Trendsetter! You go, Girl!
May 19, 2017 08:46:22   #
elizabethvickers
 
I always take my knitting with me usually socks on double pointed needles,which often gets funny looks and can be the start of many an interesting conversation.
May 19, 2017 08:46:34   #
jojo111
 
Good for you! Maybe people will see you knitting in public, and then they might decide to bring their own knitting the next time they are out.
 
May 19, 2017 08:47:26   #
carmicv
 
Getting more common in canada now. My knitting goes every where with me. School crossing guard was knitting while waiting for children to be dismissed for the day.
Good for you. Beats staring at cellphones.
May 19, 2017 08:49:20   #
Byrney (a regular here)
 
I've always done it - train, waiting rooms, office at lunchtime (lets people know you are on your lunch) cafes with friends, park bench - me and all the other Super-models, we all do it.
May 19, 2017 08:51:49   #
Mad loch (a regular here)
 
When my children were young I had many appointments that often ran two plus hours over. The knitting kept my hands busy, as the kids aged I worked more and less appointments so the knitting didn't happen so much. Then as my parents aged and had appointments I started taking the knitting everywhere with me. I spent many hours knitting next to Dads bed when he went into care before he passed. It seems I've done full circle. Sorry for rambling yes I knit in public. 😃
May 19, 2017 08:52:02   #
nankat (a regular here)
 
Me, too. Always. It does take away from the anger of having to wait because we are being productive.
May 19, 2017 08:53:38   #
Roxanness
 
Great idea. You may have started something. I hate when appointments run late. When I have some knitting, it doesn't seem to matter as much. The last appointment time to I went to was 30 minutes late. The doctor apologized. I said I had my knitting with me. He asked what I was knitting. He then told me about his grandmother who knit.
 
May 19, 2017 08:54:17   #
redquilter (a regular here)
 
I've done this for more years than I care to count! Meet a lot of interesting people and have some nice conversations. I met a lady once, on a tour, who had something that went around her neck to hold her yarn and project and she would knit while we were on line for whatever. Personally, I love to see people knit, crochet, loom, embroider, etc. in public.
May 19, 2017 08:55:18   #
fergablu2 (a regular here)
 
In America, people talk on their cell phones, loudly, everywhere, even in public bathroom stalls, so we're not models of decorum. I take knitting or crochet when I have to wait, unless I have my autistic son with me, because he requires all my attention. Talk about being looked at like you have two heads!
May 19, 2017 08:56:48   #
messymissy (a regular here)
 
I've never knitted or crocheted when waiting for an appointment, but I have on train journeys. In the office at lunch times frequently and made a crochet blanket waiting around to be called on jury service.
May 19, 2017 08:58:58   #
Cathie bargenda
 
I take my socks to knit wherever I go, it's relaxing while waiting or just sitting having a coffee.
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