Knitting Out In The Wide, Wide World

I'm not much of a sports person (most of you have figured this out by now!). But I have gone with friends to sports events, because being with lots of people, watching men and women run around after small objects, eating junk food (I ADORE hot dogs), shouting yourself hoarse when someone makes a point (or a goal, or a home run) is really a lot of fun even if you have no clue what is really going on.

However, baseball has been a special challenge to me. To the uninitiated (that would be me), the game is a bit…well…slow. The first few baseball games I went to, I was–I shall tell the truth, even if it makes the commenters explode at me–bored. The home runs were exciting, and the SMACK of the bat hitting the ball is a great sound when you're actually in the ballpark, but all that time in between…I kept thinking, "I could be knitting. I wish I had brought my knitting." Those first few games, I would come home feeling as though hours of perfectly good knitting time had been wasted, because of course, I was too shy to bring my knitting to a sports event in a ballpark full of rabid fans.

Thank goodness those days of being too shy to bring my knitting out of the house are at an end. Now, I bring my knitting with me EVERYWHERE, and I do mean everywhere. If my husband and I are driving to the local shopping center, well, that's fifteen minutes of perfectly good knitting time each way (because, of course, I make him drive). There's always a project with me, even if I KNOW I won't have any time to work on it, because, well. You just never know. You could get marooned somewhere. You could end up in the world's largest traffic jam. You could have to actually (gasp!) WAIT. And so there's always yarn and needles in my bag now.

I'm not alone in this crafty habit, of course. Knitters nowadays love to take their craft out of the house. (Crocheters, too; my spinning friends even take spindles and fiber everywhere they go! How about the rest of you needlefolk?) We have KIP (Knit In Public) days, we have weekly knitting groups in yarn shops, we have knit-ins and knit cafes and even Sticks N' Stitches (take your needlework to a hockey game). And so, predictably, when the temperatures start rising and the umpires start yelling "Batter UP!" we also start to see needlefolk at baseball games. Hooray! Now I can go to a baseball game and not feel as though I am gnawing my fingers to give myself something to do.

However, I have learned a thing or two about what kind of knitting to carry along with me in my rattlings-about-town. It must be simple–no charts, no complicated repeats, no extensive counting. It must be put-down-able and pick-up-able at a moment's notice, meaning that it must be really easy to figure out where I am in the pattern at all times (it's no good if you have fifteen minutes in the car to knit, only to spend the entire fifteen minutes counting and muttering to yourself trying to figure out where the heck in your sock you are!). It's got to be small, and not have more than two colors (one is far, far preferable). Usually, once all these factors are calculated, the end result is that my travelling projects are either (a) socks (Ribby Retro Socks, anyone? Don't they just look like the kind the old-timey baseball guys used to wear?), or (b) some larger project that is in an Extended Stockinette Stage that is too long to be endured by mere TV watching. My travelling projects are kept in a separate bag that can be grabbed up on my way out of the house at any time; the travelling bag has its own little pouch complete with scissors, stitch markers, and all the paraphenalia one could possible ever need for a knitting project.

After all…remember: You could end up marooned somewhere. For HOURS. Be prepared.

— Sandi

P. S. Do you knit in public? What kinds of projects do you take along with you on your life's journeys? Share your stories with the rest of us (because it might give us some good ideas for our own crafty lives!).

The National NeedleArts Association is partnering with local yarn shops and needlework groups to bring you Stitch N' Pitch 2008. These games are a perfect opportunity to play with your needles in public. Knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, embroiderers, you’re all invited! Stitch N’ Pitch is a family event, all ages, sexes, and skill levels are welcome. Let’s show off our knitting during the 7th inning stretch, eat cracker jacks, and scream and holler for every strike out, home run, and double play.

You can now purchase tickets for Stitch N’ Pitch games in your area and download free baseball-themed patterns online at Stitch N’ Pitch has also added minor league baseball teams to the event, so be sure to check the website for minor league teams if you aren’t located near a major league team.

Free Sparkly Wristband Pattern!
Show your team colors! When you’re called to bat, be ready in sporty, yarn-obsessed style. Download the free pattern for the Sparkly Sweatbands and customize them to show your team’s colors. Add embroidery to showcase your team’s logo or the number of your favorite player. And send us pictures of you sporting your original sweat bands at the games.

Grab your needles and cheer on your favorite baseball team!

Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.

 What's on Sandi's needles? Shoulders of the Drawstring Raglan. What's on Sandi's spinning wheel? Awesome handpainted alpaca fiber that badly wants to become a shawl when it grows up. What's in Sandi's sink? A brand new Corriedale fleece, being scoured and rinsed!

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168 thoughts on “Knitting Out In The Wide, Wide World

  1. OMG ~ Me too.. I have handwork with me always! How else does a self employed person get any ME time? gotta take it where it comes. I concur .. travel projects are different from true leisure time.. It has to be what I call Mindless knitting..

  2. I don’t carry knitting around with me, but that’s because most of what I knit is big and lacy, so I have to move my lips while I knit.
    What I do take nearly everywhere is a spindle and fiber. For me, spinnin is more social, since I can carry on a conversation while I work. I also like it because people will come up and ask questions or start a conversation. If I’m reading, people hesitate to interrupt, but I can spin and still make eye contact.
    So I spin on my breaks at work, in doctors’ waiting rooms, wherever and whenever I find myself with time hanging heavy. It’s amazing how much you can get done in just a few minutes here and there.

    A woman asked me if I didn’t find it “tedious”. I smiled and said that Ghandi said that if everyone spun for 30 minutes a day, we would have world peace, and I was just doing my bit.

  3. I agree with Peacepurl, it has to be somewhat mindless knitting, but I always have a project that I take with me for doctor’s appts, waiting to pick up kids, anytime I have a spare few minutes. I have even encouraged a few people to take up knitting. Once while sitting waiting for a soccer game to start I got to talking to a fellow player and she got intrigued and now she knits while taking the train in to work. I had to convince her it wasn’t as difficult as it looks (to her) and she got started. I save my more difficult patterns for working on at home, the perfect excuse for avoiding work (Shhhh husband, I’m counting stitches!)

  4. I always have some project with me. Be it knitting, quilting, cross stitch…Something. I have the fear of being stuck somewhere with nothing to do. As I am waiting, I think of what productive thing I could be doing with my time. I have not taken my projects to a major sports arena, though my mother has, but I have taken it everywhere else. Its always good to hear…and see other people doing the same thing. Stitch ‘N’ Pitch is cool, but I am hoping for the return of Sticks ‘N’ Stitches to the D.C. area. I love hockey!

  5. I have to attend all the football and basketball games at my daughter’s high school, where she is a varsity cheerleader. I get a LOT of knitting done under those bright football field lights, and have gotten good at ignoring the quizzical stares of other parents and kids. Usually, I bring a not-too-complicated project, perhaps a sweater sleeve or a scarf. Lace work and cables are okay as long as the pattern is not too complicated. The easier the better, since I have to be able to watch all my daughter’s team stunts even if I’m not mesmerized by the actual game unfolding before me.

  6. I read your article and thought “Thats ME!”~ I have taken needle work, crochet or (now) knitting with me everywhere for years-same story- you dont know when you want it- Im the calmest person in line at the post office- or my personal favorite- after a huge truck jack knifed on the freeway and we couldnt get to the exit- I finished up a project while I waited. I keep a dishcloth/hat projects at work for my breaks- same story for airplanes & on those I use circulars so I dont have any long pointy needles- Then I have something more compicated in my checked luggage. Long drives with my husband- usually one of both types of projects- I take some thing in my car always… some kind of addiction I think…

  7. Marion T

    I too bring knitting everywhere, usually its a sock, small enough to carry everywhere-going to a movie my husband likes to get there early to get a center seat good thing to do while we wait. I always take knitting with me to Dr’s appointments of all kinds as well because even if its only a 10 minute wait that’s several more rows done in a day.

  8. I, too, usually have a project in the car with me, especially on long trips. And our knitting group from our church all took our knitting to Stitch’n’Pitch last summer – GO ROCKIES! (Well, they were good last year). Our spouses all teased us a bit, but the knitters almost outnumbered the non-knitters. This year we’ll try to get others to bring their needlework as well!

  9. I am on the road constantly to see my four sons play hockey – all are grown now and playing for their respective universities so I have long road trips and i’ve finished a fullsize afghan in the car. I can’t read in moving vehicles but I can knit and crochet. I’ve not yet brought knitting to a baseball game but what a great idea (as long as it is washable wool cause the dust from the diamond….. ). Anyway, I bring something to work so I can knit on my lunch – I even eat at my desk so I have the full hour. Happy knitting everyone. Di

  10. I always have a project with me and find in Public places I usually knit or crochet Burial Gowns or Baby Caps —–a lot of people comment on them and like them —-a lot of times the older ladies just never thought any one did it any more!

  11. I try to always bring my knitting bag with me because waiting with nothing to do drives me insane! I avoid waiting room magazines and you can only make so many lists, update the checkbook or calendar… I like to take a dishcloth to work on – simple, no brainer and I can wash it before using in case it picked up dirt or germs while out in the wild.

  12. I don’t travel well in cars so I always have knitting or crochet with me. A few years ago I grabbed a doily pattern, something not too large or difficult and went to work. When we stopped for the night, I’d finish it while we were winding down and talking about tomorrow’s adventure. Next morning, I’d leave the doily for the maid with a thank you note. I didn’t leave my address but I hope they like a little “something” to take home and use. Maybe, next time I will.

  13. I go almost everywhere with a backpack, but even if I am using a more dignified carrying device (purse or what not) I usually have a plastic bag or two with knitting projects in it. I’m currently working on Vestish, but I have done scarves, lace and socks on the train, at ball games (and hockey), etc.

    My commute is pretty long, so I am often standing on the train, knitting away. When I am knitting on a deadline, I ignore all of the good times and places to knit and just do it. Before I knit, I did tatting and cross-stitch in public too, because none of these activities are worthy of the shame associated with hiding away to work on them at home.

  14. I KIP ever weekday on my long commute to and from work. I’m really lucky – I ride the ferry across San Francsico Bay, which is not only a beautiful, traffic-free way to commute – it also gives me a full hour each way to knit. I’m known as the Knitting Lady to most of the crew and other passengers and have inspired quite a few people to take up or re-discover knitting and/or crocheting. And, I get a lot of knitting done!

  15. I have projects that stay in the car, and don’t come back into the house until they are finished. So I ALWAYS have something to work on also no matter where I am. I recently went to drop off my daughter at a friend’s house, and ended up taking the friend to the emergency room. A ten minute trip took most of the day! Good thing I had my knitting along.

    Not only do you have to choose your traveling project wisely, you have to be prepared for the questions people will ask. People seem disappointed with stitch samplers or new patterns in the design stage, or a project beginning where they can’t yet see what it’s going to be. Sometimes I have a UFO along for show and tell in addition to my WIP.

  16. I have knitted or tatted more stuff at High School Football games or Marching Band Festivals or band concerts and competitions then I can count. After Columbine and 9/11 I had to almost resort to tears a few times to get my needles and a small pair of embrodery scissors past security, but i just can’t sit still without something for my hands to do!!
    Tatting is especially handy, even 2 working shuttles and a live thread off the ball can still fit in a jean pocket and are easy to pull out and work on while standing in a long line – like at the Omni theater in the museum. Not to mention, you fascinate everyone around you too and they also forget they are waiting LOLOLOLOLOL

  17. Yes! Love to keep a project in a zippered bag. When I put my knitting down it always go back into the bag. Then I can pick it up at a moment’s notice and carry it out with me to the car.
    The freeways here are most always a PARKING LOT. I am going to take my camera with me too, you see the funniest things. So my husband drives and I knit, or crewel, or cross stitch, or crochet. Keep my hands busy.
    He always brings something to read, so if has to wait on me while I am in the knit shop, he does not mind cause he’s reading. And I don’t mind while he runs in to do errands. He gets alot accomplished and I don’t feel pressured to ‘hurry’. So we work it out just fine!
    But really, about the only time I get stopped in my tracks is when I am watching “TIGER” on the golf course and I am sorry but I just can’t take my eyes off while he makes his shot. I love golf, my uncle golfed almost every day of his life, his son is a golf pro and he did take time to teach me when I was very young. I don’t think I can take my knitting on the golf course though, which I really regret. Patiently waiting for Tiger to recuperate and I keep knitting and smiling everytime I see him play.
    So I don’t mind if I get left ‘holding the bag’ as long as it’s my knitting bag!

  18. I have a smallish knitting bag in which I always carry the materials for 2 or 3 pairs of socks, plus all the needles and gadgets I might need. It goes with me EVERYWHERE, because you just never know when there might be a few spare minutes! I never work on any of the projects I carry in this bag at home, but I still manage to produce at least a pair of socks a month, so those extra few minutes here and there really add up!

  19. I bring my cross-stitch everywhere with me. I stitch on the bus, on the subway, and in the car. I always bring stitching on airplane trips because you never know when you’re going to be stuck on the tarmack for two hours. I’d hardly notice the time passing except so many people are fidgeting and complaining. (Get a hobby!) And I’ve enjoyed going to Stitch N’ Pitch.

  20. Count me in on this one, too! It is common knowledge with anyone who knows me that in my purse at all times you will find my Bible and my knitting, no matter where I go! I knit my socks using 9″ bamboo circs, so they roll up easily – and I store them and their yarn cake in a small circular bag, so they go with me easily everywhere. Would not want to let any good knitting opportunity go to waste if I can avoid it!

  21. You are like me! I always have at least knit/crochet/tatting project with me, wherever I go, wherever I am. Socks, sweaters, baby clothes, doilies, anything, even when walking and exercising.

  22. Subways in Buenos Aires are really crowd at peak hours. So I walk to the last station to be able to sit and knit on crochet what ever is on my project: mittens, scarves, sweater for my friend’s girl…

  23. I don’t travel well in the car, so I always knit. Right now, I am doing a complicated lace pattern that does not work riding in the car, with the charts, I get the rows mixed up. I found another pattern that is very simple to knit and I can also carry on a conversation with my husband.
    Traveling in the car seems like such a waste of time, but with my knitting, it really is not so bad.

  24. I spend several hours each week on an airplane. That is some of my best knitting time! I’ll listen to either a podcast or a book, and the time becomes much more endurable – even enjoyable! It is my favorite way to multitask. Every once in a while, I will see someone else knitting, or meet someone who also knits. The number of comments I receive seems to depend more on the color of my project rather than the complexity. Go figure.

    I also always have a project with me when I’m driving around town. How else would I ever get anything finished?

  25. I’ve almost always got something with me, usually it’s something smallish like socks. Something easy, because when you knit in public people are gonna talk to you. Last summer my Tomato went everywhere with me and most of it was knit in the car. THAT was a great car project!

  26. Sandi, Sandi, Sandi !!! Did I read or did I dream on your last post that you are moving near Toronto? We Canadians are thrilled. Stitch and Pitch could be at a Blue Jay game. You will learn about our great sport of hockey. Have you heard about poutine? What city are you going to? I hope you will be near me in Hamilton. I am starved for details.

  27. I’m a real rebel. I knit in church.
    Its a real Zen experience. I have enough charity projects on my needles. Only one person is upset by my knitting. The rest of the congregation is very supportive. Whenever they have a question for charity knitting, they come to me.
    In 2 years I’ll be a Lay minister. I think God will understand.

  28. At the grand old age of 39 and about to face the finals for my degree, it’s unfortunately text books for revision that I am lugging around at the moment.

    I’m longing for the day when I can take my knitting instead!!

  29. I have always knitted in public. Like Denise J, I knit in Friends Meeting (Quaker “church”), grocery lines, waiting rooms, you name it.

    My best story though is about my mother, who has also knitted in public for the last 50 years at least. My father was getting a fancy community award (white cloth-covered tables on a fancy dias, oversized ice sculpture, etc. watching from a table on the floor I saw my mother’s shoulders moving ever so slightly and from time to time she glanced at her lap. SHE WAS KNITTING. When my step-grandmother expressed her outrage to my father, he shrugged and said ” who do you think was holding her yarn so it wouldn’t roll out from under the table?”

  30. We do a lot of charity knitting in the Guild I belong to, and I always have a project handy in my “going out the door” tote bag. Usually it’s a small blanket, with matching cap, for the preemie unit at our local hospital, because that’s just simple stitching. When people ask what I’m knitting, I give them a background on the need for volunteers, and hope I send them away thinking how they can help!
    Bette, Atlanta, GA

  31. Knitting while waiting, especially in lines, keeps impatience (and impatient comments) at bay. My favorite experience was checking out of the local Home Depot at closing time. Only one checkstand was open, and the guy in front of me was a contractor. He may have been starting his house that very night judging from the flatbed of items he was buying. No matter. I pulled out my sock and knitted contentedly until his order was completed. No toe tapping, heavy sighs or snarky comments about the management came from me. I was grateful for the few extra minutes and rows.

  32. Thank you MargaretR for a great story! Does anybody else have good stories about knitting in public?

    I will take my knitting or crochet in the car or on a plane, but I am still shy about knitting at a sports event, concert, or on my lunch hour at work.

    I was a chaparone for my daughter’s band trip to New York earlier this month – 4 days on the bus there and back! In the rush to get everything together for the trip, I didn’t have time to grab a small project (was working on an afghan for my daughter, but it was too bulky to lug around). But a friend who knits was also a chaparone, and she had brought enough yard for two pairs of socks and a couple of baby afghans! She was kind enough to let me start one of her baby afghans, so we were happily occupied during most of the bus ride. Thank you, Susy!

  33. I knit anything in public that’s portable and doesn’t require a pattern, such as the ribbing or foot on a sock, a chemo cap, or a scarf.

    I knit (or play harmonica) when I’m stopped in traffic. And, like Denise J, I knit it church. I sit in the back so I don’t disturb anyone and usually knit projects for charity. I don’t regard myself as a rebel because I remember the story of Tabitha/Dorcas in the Bible (Acts 9:36-43).

  34. I always have knitting with me! My kids, 9 and 12, just know that Mom is going to knit wherever we go. All spring, at my daughter’s softball games, I worked on my log cabin afghan. It kept me warm during the chilly games. Usually my knitting is much more portable; socks, a dishcloth, a baby sweater or simple shrug. I knit in the doctors’ waiting rooms, at lectures and seminars, at sporting events, movie theaters, in the car on trips. That way, I always have something to do, and I’m calm and patient.

  35. When I went to Oakland A’s games I would take afghans to work on — that way you stay warm too. Now I don’t leave home without some project or other — primarily socks or small ‘mindless’ (as noted by Peacepurl) projects.

    I love the idea of spinnng though — some day I will learn how!

  36. I always have a small bag with knitting for in the car or the metro. Lately I’ve been working on chemo caps for the hospital where my son goes for his post-op checkups.
    Thank goodness the post 911 hysteria has died down and people no longer accuse me of carrying lethal weapons! I actually had the security people attempt to take my knitting away from me when I tried to bring it into a hockey game a few years ago.

  37. I always have knitting or drop spindle projects with me when I’m out – and yes my husband drives so I can put my feet up on the dashboard (I’m only 4’10.5″ tall???) so passenger floor space is perfect for those simple, almost mindless projects like the “sand dune-like” shawl-throw I’m making for my neice. It lives in a large gift bag, so it’s pretty and quite sturdy. OR I have 2 small bags – one with a pair of socks and wool for the next pair to spur me on to finish the current pair – and one that has my first attempt at beaded lace wristlets. Then, there’s the bag that was gifted to me as part of our Spinners and Weavers Guild Bag Exchange – it’s got 2 of 8 cotton knitted placemats that I’m making for a friend – using 3 set colours, different textures, and 8 different stitch patterns. I LOVE knitting in the car – so does my husband because it keeps me from being a front seat – back seat driver, if you know what I mean! Now, I just have to finish assembling my coat that lives in our dog’s R-Maid Tub bed – I inherited hand spun wool from Ureguay which I felted for the body, then I drop spindled various mauves-pinks-teals and knit the panels for the sleeves. But since it lives INSIDE the tub (the dog’s bed lies in the overturned lid of the tub), I keep forgetting to work on it. Anyone else suffer from ‘out of sight – out of mind?’ Thanks, Sandi, for all your wonderful work. And welcome to Canada! You should come visit our Gibsons Landing Fibre Arts Festival some year – on the Sunshine Coast.
    Wendy HT
    Halfmoon Bay, Sunshine Coast, BC

  38. I’m a NYC straphanger and I knit everywhere I go every which way I go… bus, railroad, and especially during my daily commute to and from work on the underground slithering, overcrowded, always delayed subway. I don’t discriminate my projects based on size or complexity, I bring the latest and greatest project I am currently working on. Swaeters, baby blankets, ponchos….whatever is the next gift or charitable donation. I learned to knit with my left hand just so my arm (technically now just my wrist) movement is to a minimum and there is nothing better than interchangable circular knitting needles. Takes up less then an open book on someone’s lap. I may not always get a seat but the jarring motion or the sudden stopping never keeps me from knitting. Its better than watching people arguing with themselves… or with others…

  39. In the early morning, when the line at the Starbucks drive-up window is long, I pull out my latest knitting project. It’s far better than worrying about being late to work!

  40. Funny you should have this topic today. I just came back from getting lunch and knitted in the “drive-thru”. I am also heading out of town for the holiday and planning what projects to take along to work on in flight and once at my destination. My knitting goes everywhere…work, dentist, doctor, quilt guild meeting, friends homes. I have even been know to knit while waiting for my food in a restaurant.

  41. Lately I’ve been taking my projects with me to my college classes, which are two and a half hours one day a week, and work on them after tests and between classes. It’s become a conversation starter with other students, and the art professor even complimented me because he said knit and crochet have become “lost arts” in the computer age.

  42. I also knit on the road, while my boyfriend drives. But I think the best one yet was when I knitted at an amusement park! I hate going on rides, so I volunteered to hold everyone’s purses, sunglasses, etc., while they rode upside-down and backwards. I had my fanny pack on with my yarn and circular needles, working on an extended stockinette section. It was perfect! I got to sit outside on a beautiful day and knit to my heart’s content! I was even able to walk and knit at the same time – the fanny pack was the perfect height and location and my arms were free. My friends felt like I couldn’t be having fun, but I had a great time!

  43. I have a sock that lives at work for spare moments (although I’ve been working on one for a year now – Aren’t all of us too busy?) and I always travel with one. On my last trip, I took the Broken Cable Socks and ended up spending most of my time ripping out and knitting again since my seat partner was so interesting! That’s the thing about even an easily memorized pattern – she felt so guilty about my ripping and re-knitting that she stopped talking to me. I guess the “It’s me, not you,” line doesn’t even work with knitting.

    I’m so impressed with the spinners and cross stitchers though. Those projects seem way too intricate to take into public. I’m a cross stitcher and have always been intimidated about taking those projects into public areas. Too many little bits of floss to lose.

    Wait. Maybe that explains why I get confused with the simple sock patterns….

  44. I must have knitting with me WHEREVER I go. I never leave the house without a project. That’s what I do during my “lunch” break – if I didn’t, I’d go nuts. How nuts? Well, let’s just say, I’ve been seen knitting with 2 pencils and some random (wrapping paper) ribbon in the courtyard more than once.

    Knitting. It’s not just a hobby, it’s an addiction.

  45. I take my knitting everywhere. Right now its a shawl with a very easy to remember lace pattern. Sometimes its smaller things. I think my next travel project will be a sweater for which I have had the pattern a long time and is mainly sockinette sttich. I can see that being mindless. My husband kids me all the itme about his car being a no knitting zone but I remind him of how much more patient I am when I can pick up the needles. I have knit in doctors offices, dentist chairs, my daughters spoting events, waiting in restaurants at lunch at work.

  46. My daughter, a graduate student at Texas A&M has discovered that “everyone” around there uses what is called a coozie, apparently a sweat band for a cola, beer or water bottle or can… “where’s your coozie at girl” was one of the first questions asked when she got there last January. I do beileve you have hit on the perfect coozie pattern.

  47. I have knitted in public for years. I keep (at least) 2 projects going at all times – one for at home, and one for travel. The travel one lives in a small bag that I grab on the way out the door.
    My travel project is usually baby socks – everyone I know seems to be having babies, this is the only way I can keep up! I have a simple garter stitch pattern that is knit flat and then seamed. Only 40 stitches wide, and very simple. I copied the pattern onto index cards so I can glance at it when I need to.
    I knit on circular wooden needles – I can’t drop one, and I don’t poke my neighbor with the ends. Wooden means most planes/trains/buses/subways don’t object.
    I get amazingly few odd looks and questions.

    I also sneak my knitting into meetings – I made a baby sock per day at a recent conference. Be cautious about when you do it though, some people think that if you are knitting you can’t be paying attention to the speaker. It worked well for me though; my neighbors were all nodding off, while I was alert and paying attention! It helps that my pattern is simple enough that I don’t need to look at my hands as I knit. Well, except for the heels.

  48. My favorite project to take along with me anywhere was the pinwheel baby blanket. Super easy, mindless knitting that turns into an awesome blanket for a little one. I finished it on an 8 hour car trip to Idaho. I miss knitting it now that I am done… luckily I just found out my cousin is pregnant, so I get to start another one!

  49. Kay B (Queensland Australia) – Yep it happens here also. I have just completed a 5 week holiday driving in some of our remote desert contry in central Australia. I spent all my time in the car (when it was not my turn to drive) Knitting. I completed a Shrug which had a simple pattern, and a stocking stitch cotton short sleeve cardigan. I just have to finish them off. I also did 1 sock, the challenge will now be to do the other – maybe another holiday. My partner cannot understand how/why I would want to do this.

    My daughters used to be horrified when I took my knitting to sports events, but they got used to it….eventually. How could I survive such boring occasions without a project to keep me busy. I always have something to do in waiting rooms and have a bag ready to go in the car just in case something happens along the way and I have time to fill in.

  50. I have to admit that I knit…um…in church.

    Yes, during the sermon.

    I began this habit during my extended stints in the cry room, nursing a long series of babies (my own) and bored behind one-way glass. Since the pastor couldn’t see me to be offended, I pulled out my needles. I found that it helped me concentrate on the sermon, actually, as it occupied that part of my mind that is normally wandering off to make dinner plans and note forgotten responsibilities.

    So now, at a church without a cry room, I just knit and wait for a speaker to dare to complain. I make sure to turn the pages of my Bible at appropriate times, so they know I’m with them.

    I also knit in extended grocery checkout lines, band-parent meetings, family gatherings, the dentist chair, and so on. My favorite knitting circle, ever, was a few other ladies who needled with me while we were all in recliners receiving chemotherapy. My second favorite was a group of pre-teens at a graduation party, curious about the craft, who I taught to knit using plastic knives and yarn ripped off my own ball.

    I fully sympathise, Sandi, with that “Oh, NO!!! I could be using this time to KNIT!!!” thing! I hate having to gnaw at my fingers instead. But I do have to issue a public-service warning that knitting WHILE driving is not a good idea–even in traffic jams. Makes me wonder if someone’s going to have to put out a “Put down the stupid knitting needles and DRIVE, already!!!” bumper sticker!

  51. Ok, admit it. We are all obsessed! Like all of you, I knit anywhere and everywhere. I knit at Angels game down here in Anaheim, CA, anytime I have to wait in lines and whenever someone else is driving.
    There has been a great ongoing discussion Ravelry about knitting in church (which I also do – more prayer shawls and new baby blankies have been created in church than anywhere else.) So where is the most unusual place you have kniited in public?

  52. As part of becoming a fearless knitter, I am training myself to knit without looking at the project. Then I can knit a) in movies, b) while walking, c) in church (tiny project held low in lap) or d) ANYWHERE. I have KIP for years. I love knitting in cars, trains and planes. I even made myself a badge that goes on my knitting pouch or bag (depending on what I’m carrying). It has the Guidepost’s Knit for Kids logo, my name and says “Ask me about the sweater I’m knitting.” I get lots of chances to tell people about knitting sweaters for kids all over the world who have nothing.

  53. Jenn – I also knit in church (very discreetly). I asked the pastor if he minded. He fully understood that it helps me concentrate. He also knows I am knitting for charity.

  54. I’m always taking projects with me. I knit while waiting at the doctor, riding in the van (but not driving – LOL), waiting for my son to get done with work, wherever I can get a few minutes to add a few rows.

  55. I knit on long drives, as long as they are freeway drives. I always bring knitting for doctor or dental appointments because the waiting room is a great place to knit. I usually knit a knit-in-the-round skirt for my take-along projects, or simple pullover sweaters that are mainly stockinette stitch.

  56. I think it is so funny that many of these people describe what I have done for years. I can’t help myself from grabbing something to do as I walk out the door. Even if I’m the only only going so I have to drive. Even if I’m going to one store in our little town that doesn’t even know what a traffic jam is. I hate sitting still with out something to do.

  57. I attend AA meetings and am seldom without my knitting bag at those meetings. I’m known as “Knitting Peggy” in my area.
    Whatever I’m working on at the time is in my main knitting bag. Right now, I have the body of a sweater/jacket completed and am almost finished with the sleeves (which I always knit at them same time).

  58. I attend AA meetings and am seldom without my knitting bag at those meetings. I’m known as “Knitting Peggy” in my area.
    Whatever I’m working on at the time is in my main knitting bag. Right now, I have the body of a sweater/jacket completed and am almost finished with the sleeves (which I always knit at them same time).

  59. I commute using city transit to and from work. The bus is usually too full for me to even attempt at taking out 2 sharp needles and knit without taking someone’s eye out. But I do spend hours and hours sitting in hospital waiting rooms or emergency waiting rooms and that’s where I do my knitting. Since I have a bevy of nieces and nephews young enough to want hand knit items I have many scarves, hats, wrist warmers and vests I can knit. My favorite though is a frilly wrist warmer pattern that I’ve done so many times I don’t need the pattern in front of me to do anymore. What’s really funny is when I start a new one, have a circular needle to do the frill part and decrease to 3 dpns and this large circle suddenly reduces to wrist size. I’ve had people comment or ask how I do it. So I spend time chatting while I continue knitting. During my last 5 hour in the emergency waiting room I met a young man who had come in with a broken leg. The emergency department was overflowing with cases with higher priority than this young man. He was in a great deal of pain and without any distraction was growing more and more agitated. He was sitting next to me so I engaged him in conversation hoping to distract him for a while at least. After talking for half an hour or so, he kept watching what I was doing and finally asked me what I was knitting. So I told him and he kept watching. After about another half hour of chatting he asked how hard it was. I told him it’s easy to learn knitting and that even h could if he wanted to. He started to laugh, replying that if his buddies ever saw him iwth knitting needles they’d laugh him out of town. Now you have to understand, this young man was covered with tattoos, piercings, goth clothing right down to the laced up army boots. Not someone you would expect to see knitting. But despite the outward appearance, I decided to challenge him to learn how to knit. I didn’t have any extra needles with me and I couldn’t very well pull out my needles from my work so I pulled out my set of chop sticks I always carry around with me ( I hate eating with a fork, ok) and proceeded to teach him how to cast on, knit and purl and cast off. By the time his name was called, he had a nice swatch made and was on his last few closing stitches. The nurse came walking over somewhat impatiently but quickly changed when she realised the young man was painstakingly finishing up a piece of knitting, his broken leg forgotten. When he cast off the last stitch he held up the work and proudly showed it to the nurse. He looked like a little boy who’s figured out how to build a house of blocks for the first time. He was so proud of his work 🙂 She got him loaded into a wheel chair and took him for x-rays. When he came out an hour later, leg in a cast, I was still waiting. His face broke into a huge grin when he saw me still sitting there, wheeled himself over and gave me a huge hug. I asked him if he was going to continue knitting and he said Yeah, but not when my friends are around. He asked me where he could get knitting supplies, so I gave him the name of a couple of shops in town and he left with a wave and his knitted swatch pinned to his ripped up t-shirt like a badge of honor.
    So Yes, I love to knit in public. That’s one way to increase our ranks!

  60. WOW…I feel so much better now knowing that there are so many knitting fans out there who, like me, take some sort of project everywhere. I have a bag just for that purpose that usually has some simple project in it, socks, scarfs, afghan squares, etc. (I love to use left over yarn to knit squares for “Warm Up Amerrica” afghans). I knit at work during lunch, at the doctor’s office, in the car, at the airport, on the plane…I have even tried to knit while walking on the treadmill…ahem, that didn’t work out too well. But it’s doable while riding a bike (stationary bike, that is!).
    I, too, live in fear that I could be stranded somewhere just wasting time when I could be knitting.
    I wish I could find a group of knitters where I live, but so far have not had any luck. I live in Elizabethtown, KY, if any of you know of a knitting group, please let me know!!

  61. I knit blankets for cats and dogs at the animal shelters so they have a warm place to sleep while waiting to be adopted….sooooo I always have something I am working on in the car because it is just garter stitch or crochet. I feel good while doing something worthwhile and it’s gratifying to see the animals laying on their “beds” you made. It gets rid of some of the extra stash too:)

  62. I always have my “mindless” knitting projects tote near the front door, so I can knit whenever hubby is driving. I say mindless knitting projects because they don’t require following a complicated pattern.I t keeps me from picking at his highness’ “driving” which makes him happy. Bless his heart he is always finding a stitch marker or a point protector on the car floor. I purchased a cell phone holder that hangs on my air vent on the passenger side. Besides my cell phone, there is another pocket for my small scissors and pen. I have a large paper clip attached to the trash bag hanging on my door handle. That is where I attach my knitting pattern. Hubby says our car is really a knitting cart!

  63. I have two children who both have autism, so I spend a lot of time waiting in therapist’s offices while my kids have appointments.

    After several experiences trying to do lace or other complicated patterns in waiting rooms and having to rip out my work due to a mistake from being distracted, I now only take simple projects with me. My favorite is to work on slipper socks.

    I put my project in a ziplock bag with a photocopy of the pattern, and I can do my circular knitting very easily while I’m waiting.

    The response from other people in the waiting area is almost always the same… I see someone checking out what I’m doing, then they finally get up the nerve to ask what I’m making, especially little kids who often are just fascinated by it!

    It’s fun to talk about knitting and more than that, I enjoy being able to do something creative and constructive while I’m waiting. I will often frog thrift store sweaters as well, and that really throws a lot of people!

  64. Good for Denise J for admitting she knits in church so others wouldn’t feel so bad that they do too! By the way, I learned to knit so I could do some charity knitting (preemie caps). I had always been a big crocheter because I thought knitting was “too hard”, but now that I have been doing it for about a year I can’t believe how much I love it.
    I have something with me all the time, in fact just today I brought my son to the DMV to get a driver’s permit and I knit for the whole hour and a half we were there.
    I laughed when I read Monkeygurl once knit on pencils! My sister is a third grade teacher who teaches her class to knit every year. She starts with pencils and then the ones who really like it get their own needles and yarn. This year she has a group of kids who carry the yarn in their pockets and knit while walking around the playground at recess. I loved reading all your comments!

  65. I knit almost constantly: walking to and from library, grocery store; at the grocery store standing in line; waiting in traffic; on the bus; at dinner parties; galas; fetes; graduations; wrestling matches; picnics….mostly I keep boring straight forward parts of ufos on hand for walking but have torn out and reknit lace and colorwork from one block to the next. I’m designing up two beret projects this past week and have been actively knitting them on the bus, our boat, walking to and from the bus, and listening to audio books. I’ve solved several problems falling off to sleep or in the wee hours waking up. It was so cold until a week ago I walked to my Sunday knitting group across town knitting on (and keeping warm under) the circular yolk of a bottom up 3 pound Knit Picks wool cabled dress that I’m finishing up for my daughter’s birthday in August. She suggested summer would not arrive until I finished it and she was right (we live in Portland, Oregon).

  66. I used to have this embarrassing problem of falling asleep in class during my college days if the class wasn’t interactive. So I would ask the prof. if he minded my knitting, explaining that it helped me concentrate on the subject at hand. They loved being asked permission. Some years later I used to commute 3 hours/day, 2 hours in on public transportation and 1 hour home w/my husband. Imagine standing in Park Street Down Under in Boston with my knitting hooked on a belt while listing to steel drums awaiting my train! I did lose a few DP needles in the heating vents of the green line trolley though 😉


  67. I’ve been doing this for years, longer than I can remember now that I’m trying to recall. At baseball and other games, people stop to talk to you about it. I find hockey and basketball a bit too fast-paced, in a gotta-pay-attention-now kind of way, so I don’t take anything there. I take it around to all of our Mini Cooper club events. You never know when you’ll have to sit around for two hours while they achieve the optimum arrangement of MINIs for the photos they want to take. I specialize in photos while we’re moving so while we’re still, I have lot of time to knit, spin, make cord on a lucet, or journal about all these people and their Mini Coopers or the sports folks. I’ve got a variety of bags for this stuff, ranging from a ziplock sandwich bag holding a small spindle and a handful of silk to a larger, clear vinyl project bag with purse handles that holds two balls of Koigu and my current toes up pair of socks and my entire collection of two sets of every size of Suzanne’s 4″ ebony DPNs and all the stuff I think I need to drag with me, to a giant Dooney Anniversary Sack that holds my laptop, a journal, my camera, pens, a set of watercolor crayons, knitting, some spinning, water bottles, and snacks. It’s sort of my portable craft room! The medium sized bag yielded just what I needed when a pal at a banquet at a MINI event said his nerve condition made it hard for him to hold onto the shift knob of his MINI on cold mornings. I used what I knew would be the leftover yarn from the socks I was working on to make him a colorful wool Koigu crocheted knob cover while we listened to the speakers!

  68. Oh please knit in public, are there any knitters who do NOT do this! Socks are the easiest to knit in public right after scarfs for all the girlfriends who refuse to learn to knit themselves. I can sit anywhere and knit, airports, train stations, car and even on the bus on the way to work. All the other riders love to see how far I’ve gotten on that pair of socks this week, while they look over the top of the book or newspaper they are reading.

  69. I always carry my yarn bag with several projects with me. Currently I’m knitting socks. They are for Socks for Soldiers. Went to the tire shop and while oil was being changed and brakes fixed, I knit almost the entire toe of the pair of socks I was finishing. I knit at work as well, love those conference calls, especially when you can put the phone on a speaker and listen for an hour or so.

  70. Hi Sandy,

    I, too, like to carry my knitting with me wherever I go. As I usually make sweaters, I keep everything I need for the item I’m currently working on (pattern, needles, measuring tape, etc.)in a tote bag. That way I can pick it up and go, whether it’s just another room in the house or in the car traveling. At the end of the day I always put everything away in the tote, so that it’s ready to go the next morning……….

  71. My mother and I used to have booths at wool shows where we sold her wool and some finished items. That means at least two days of standing around, socializing with people. It’s great fun, but I have to have a knitting project going. I hang a bag of yarn at my waist and go. One show, I knit a simple top-down sweater. A lot of people kept track of how it was going all weekend and commented on it. By the end of the show, I had a new sweater to wear. I’m a quick knitter and the yarn was a chunky handspun. The surprising thing was that the following year, at the same show, about a dozen people approached me and asked what I was working on. They remembered me as the woman who made a sweater in a weekend. It was great for sales.

  72. I agree with LugeneM – really, what knitter doesn’t knit in public? Isn’t this one of the essential reasons we love knitting is its portablility? However, re BASEBALL – never take knitting to professional ballgames. We sit in the cheap seats upstairs. Years ago, at a Phillies game, a ball of yarn got out of my bag. It rolling down the steps headed for over the upper level deck to the playing field! My husband Alan grabbed the ball before it went over. It was a fairly new ball of yarn and would have made it to third base! Alan made a great safe that day!

  73. I knit everywhere too. The past three Summer I knit at antique auctions my husband and I attended in New England. The first year I managed to knit a circular shawl from the Elizabeth Zimmerman book about knitting all year. There were plenty of mistakes in the lace, but the old lady I gave it too just loved the beautiful solft Sheltand wool.
    The past two years it was easier to just take socks along. When I started I was the only one knitting but by last year several had joined me. Sitting in an auction for three hours gets pretty boring without knitting.
    This Summer I’m stuck in Florida and have eye trouble. I’m knitting sweaters, just can’t get to the point where I’m putting them together in public. It’s just too hot.
    I’m a nervous car passenger and it keeps my mind off my husband’s driving and he relaxes more too without my back-seat driving.

  74. I knitted at the doctor’s office all through my last pregnancy. I made two pairs of lacy socks and a baby sweater during my wait times. When I went into labor, I couldn’t leave the house without my knitting. I finished my midwife’s socks while I was in the hospital.

  75. I always knit in public too… I hate sitting there doing NOTHING. I usually take a scarf or a sock to work on. Now I’ve gotten into the habit of always having a sport or worsted weight something-or-other that lives in my purse to be worked on when I’m out and about. Everything that “belongs” to that project lives in a gallon size ziplock bag. When it’s done, it’s like a FO materialized out of thin air!!

  76. I KIP all the time, too. The only place I don’t knit is church. Eventually it will happen, though. Just have to convince my husband it’s okay. But, I can’t complain…my husband is so used to me knitting in the car, that when we get to our destination, he doesn’t even make a move to get out of the car–just sits patiently and waits on me to finish that “one more row.” Sometimes, if I’m really into it, and we’re not going to be late for something, he’ll even ask me if I want to knit a little while longer. Then, if I do, he sits with me until I’m ready to stop. Gotta love him. Car knitting is my favorite place to KIP. I pick my project each time based on how long we will be in the car. A short trip might mean stockinette, but a long trip could be lace. I seem to knit much faster and more accurately in the car because absolutely no kniting is ever boring on the road. If I should forgot my knitting and we are traveling more than 20 minutes, I fall asleep. But, we can drive all day long if I’ve got my sticks and I don’t get tired at all.

  77. One of my colleagues, a medical specialist, had to travel from Brisbane, Australia to Stockholm, Sweden for a conference. He loves to knit socks, so he asked the airline if he might take bamboo socks needles in his carry-on luggage. Naturally he was told that knitting-needles were a Prohibited Weapon. But he was travelling with Malaysian Airlines, and knew what sort of meals they provide. So he packed a ball of sock wool, a pencil-sharpener and an emery-board in his hand-luggage. When mealtime came, he ordered Satay. He saved the satay sticks, washed them in the bathroom, sharpened the points with his pencil-sharpener, smoothed them with his emery-board, got out his sock-wool and set to work knitting his socks. What could they say? And he had a productive journey. But his grandchildren still have difficulty convincing their teachers that it was GRANDPA who knitted their sweaters, NOT Grandma…

  78. I’m surprised to hear that he was not able to bring his needles on board. I have never had a problem and and I travel alot.
    I knit ALL the time in airports and on planes. My needles are right out in the open when I go through security. The only thing I have changed is that I no longer take metal needles (I seldom use them anyway) and the yarn cutter I take has a really tiny blade. He certainly was resourceful though!!

  79. I was an international flight attendant (we were called “stewardesses” back then) many years ago, and I would sit on the jump seat and knit during the night while passengers were asleep. I’d walk through the cabin every 15 – 20 minutes to check on everyone, but I managed to get a lot of knitting done during those night flights. I’ve knit in public for years — at the movies, concerts, commuting to work on public transit, running errands with my husband on the weekends (he drives!), and any spare moment I can get at home. I’ve been a hospice volunteer this past year, and I always take my knitting when I visit patients. It’s a great conversation starter, as so many of them had been knitters or who remembered their mothers, grandmothers, sisters, etc. who knit. They seem to enjoy watching the progression of whatever I’m knitting at the time.

  80. I am a high school teacher who knits and crochets in class (during a discussion), when chaperoning (today, during a ‘water-balloon kickball contest for the Academic Decathlon team I am coaching), at lunch, and during any meeting where it won’t get me in trouble. For a year and a half, I was in a different job, but one of the rules was that I couldn’t knit in public — so I’m out of there and back where I can be me! (Yes, there were other reasons for changing jobs, but being lucky enough to knit at work is certainly wonderful, yes?) I also bring knitting for before movies start (we usually get there early to get good seats), waiting for appointments, and of course at Starbucks. I have also had good success with wooden needles on planes, but not when I’m in a middle seat and have no room to move my elbows!

  81. I knit in church all the time….my husband is the Pastor. There are others that knit and some of the children sit in the back row with me and knit. I work on my charity knitting at church. I also knit at church conferences, workshops, etc.

    KIP is a very good thing. I’ve never seen anyone who has their knitting with them get hyper waiting for appts., late airplanes, etc. And, I’ve had conversations that I would have missed if I hadn’t had my knitting along. It seems to be a conversation starter.

    This week attended a Major League BB game and, of course, I was knitting a sock during the game.

  82. I like to knit anywhere. I do it on airplanes (one time i was told not needles but then saw someone else so next time i put circular plastic cheap needles in my handbag and no problem). I do it in the car. My favorite public place is in school. The teachers’ room is a great place. The other teachers and aides then get excited about it and plan to start again. I am retired now and substitue teach so i can knit in the classroom which is my favorite of all places because the teens see it. Two boys asked me for hats. A girl asked me to remiind her how to purl. I love it.

  83. I’m still new to CIP (Crochet in Public) but I’m learning. My first delve into the world was to take my projects with me to work. I found that I can accomplish so much more after only taking 10 minutes of a luch hour to actually eat. The rest of the time is set aside for my crocheting. My further venture in the world was to crochet in the car on trips with my husband. I found that if I make a deal with him and as long as it’s daylight, I won’t comment on his driving habits. In fact, I don’t even look up. This has stopped me from grabbing my seat or slamming my foot into the floorboard as if the brake pedal was actually there. We’re so much more calmer when we arrive at our destination and I can be a happy wife doing what I love to do — crochet. My next step will be to take my crochet with me to boy scout meetings over the summer. Maybe scouting won’t be so bad…

  84. I knit where ever I go — airplanes and car. I usually knit socks, hats scarfs and baby blankets in public and save larger projects for home. I most always need with circular needs, as I have a habit of losing needles. My best place for public knitting, was in the labor room (that was years ago) when I had to lie on my back until the baby came. I had a baby sweater started and when it was finished — i was ready for the delivery room. The nurses inquired as why I didn’t knit faster….I was in the labor room for about 48 hrs. My daughter had a ready outfit when we left the hospital. I live to Knit!!

  85. I knit where ever I go — airplanes and car. I usually knit socks, hats scarfs and baby blankets in public and save larger projects for home. I most always need with circular needs, as I have a habit of losing needles. My best place for public knitting, was in the labor room (that was years ago) when I had to lie on my back until the baby came. I had a baby sweater started and when it was finished — i was ready for the delivery room. The nurses inquired as why I didn’t knit faster….I was in the labor room for about 48 hrs. My daughter had a ready outfit when we left the hospital. I live to Knit!!

  86. I knit where ever I go — airplanes and car. I usually knit socks, hats scarfs and baby blankets in public and save larger projects for home. I most always need with circular needs, as I have a habit of losing needles. My best place for public knitting, was in the labor room (that was years ago) when I had to lie on my back until the baby came. I had a baby sweater started and when it was finished — i was ready for the delivery room. The nurses inquired as why I didn’t knit faster….I was in the labor room for about 48 hrs. My daughter had a ready outfit when we left the hospital. I live to Knit!!

  87. I knit where ever I go — airplanes and car. I usually knit socks, hats scarfs and baby blankets in public and save larger projects for home. I most always need with circular needs, as I have a habit of losing needles. My best place for public knitting, was in the labor room (that was years ago) when I had to lie on my back until the baby came. I had a baby sweater started and when it was finished — i was ready for the delivery room. The nurses inquired as why I didn’t knit faster….I was in the labor room for about 48 hrs. My daughter had a ready outfit when we left the hospital. I live to Knit!!

  88. I try to NEVER be without some sort of hand work. I have been knitting little beaded bags for a while now and I always have that to knit during church. It helps me sit still and not get into trouble for talking to those around me! I get lots of fun comments and have had a couple of people ask me to teach them to knit, which was a real joy.

    I took crochet with me when my 4 daughters and I were getting matching tattoos. The girls were aghast, but one of the tattoo artists came over to see what I was working on and told me she crochets too. You just never know! (Yes, the tattoos turned out great!)—-gk

  89. I knit everywhere!! I have a project in my purse at all times. That way I never even have to worry about getting another bag. I carry my purse and have a small project (usually socks or a hat) in it exclusively for the waiting times.

  90. I take my knitting (and crocheting), everywhere and have since long before it was fashionable. Doctors offices, subways, busses, friends houses are the most popular. Usually I take preemie hats, blankets. scarves, mittens, granny squares, dishcloths and hanging towels are the projects I take with me most of the time. But will take anything that is small, easy to transport or made in sections.

  91. I used to knit on the subway to and from work; the time was just too good to waste. Then I would knit at lunch in the lunchroom, then finally I started knitting at support group meetings and finally at meetings at work. After a while they asked me to stop knitting at meetings at work, although a good friend of mine that knit through all her meetings (same organization) was never asked to stop. She was much higher in the organization than I was.
    I still take my knitting with me wherever I go. I knit in the car on trips (DH always drives) and I knit in restaurants until the food comes; I knit at support group meetings, I knit in the check out line, I knit in the bookstore waiting for DH, you name it. I feel lost without my knitting even if I don’t get a chance to work on it.

  92. As a person who cannot waste time, I have been knitting in public for at least 30+ years. I have had to ask Billy Crystal to hand me my ball of yarn that had run amock at Fenway Park. Now to divert attention at the ballpark I have baseball needles as well as baseball stitch markers. We have pictures of me waiting a taxi in the queue in Rome….awaiting appetizers in Santa Fe….in line at the airport….and now, I knit when I am stopped in traffic….you cannot imagine how much you can get done…C

  93. Knitting in public has become popular in the UMASS Amherst (and other nearby 4 colleges) lately. I knit between classes, at the bus stop, and on the bus to work (and sometimes in class if it was a large lecture) and it was common to see other men and women knitting then too. Since it’s summer vacation now I usually only bring my knitting to my doctor’s appointments and sometimes to work. I work in a mall and it can get very slow sometimes. One of my bosses asked why I would knit instead of read like everyone else and I replied that everyone that’s reading has their eyes focused on their books. I don’t necessarily need to look at my knitting so I can see when customers enter the store.

    Maybe at some point I’ll bring my knitting with me more often, but for now I do most of the driving and I don’t go too many places that make me wait.

  94. Here in Los Angeles we have a Stitch ‘n Pitch every year. This year also a Knot ‘n Trot at Hollywood Park for WWKIP Day. I’ve knitted at Laker games; never thought of having a Sticks ‘n Stitches but we do have an ice hockey team here. I have also knitted at cricket games (SoCal has a large cricket league) and, of course, soccer games.

    When I drove the 405 freeway to work and back, I would knit while bumper to bumper (sometimes the entire trip.)
    I usually have a hat or a blanket ot afghan square with me, either knit or crochet. Or lately, an Everlasting Bagstopper.

    So, obsessive that I am, I MUST come up with a rhyming or alliterative name for each of these activities…
    (cricket)– Yarn Before Wicket? Stitchy Wickets? Yarn Overs?
    (soccer)– Kick ‘n Kraft???? groan…
    (‘driving’ aka crawling)– Stitch ‘n Steer? &^}

  95. I bring mine to the Emergency Room with me. I was having some mild chest pain (you have to check it even its nothing, esp. women) and I knew I’d be hanging around. They did keep me overnight and I’m so happy I had it. I’ve brought my husband to the ER and I know there’s a wait so again I brought my knitting. Last month I had a colonoscopy and while I was waiting for them to take me in -I knitted. Its a little difficult with an IV but I made it work.

  96. My mother took her knitting EVERYWHERE! so for me to take mine just seems natural. Although my husband doesn’t always understand. He thought it was strange that I took my knitting to a wedding reception. I used to dance,Ballet and modern Jazz on stage and since I’ve been disabled it is very hard to sit still when others are dancing, so I knit. It occupies my mind and my hands,that being said,I concur,it does need to be something simple and fairly straight forward.I like to take socks,after the heel is turned and sweaters that are at the bottom with a lot of inches to knit in boring stockinet. Baseball games football in the fall and basketball during the winter cold,they are all excellent places to knit. But concerts inside don’t work well,they tend to turn out the lights! Hey, maybe we should start a k niters section?!

  97. I take my knitting EVERYWHERE I go once I leave the house….in the house all I need is a few minutes of free time and there I am with needles in hand….I’ve been doing this for as far back as I can remember. I work at home with 5 small kids until 4:30 pm and so when I’m finished with my work day I’m out of the house. On weekdays, weekends even if it’s just a ride, be it long or short in the car (and of course I love long bus trips, can you imagine why) I have at least 1 knitting/crochet project with me…at present I’m making some crochet head covering’s for the women at a friend’s son’s Bar Mitzvah in Sept. If I go away for the weekend ….well, it’s at least a whole knitting bag of projects that accompanies me. Doctors appointments, visits to friends or relatives in the hospital, visits to friends even just for coffee, all of these visits find a knitting bag by my side. It’s gotten to the point that If I don’t carry a project with me people ask why!!

  98. My Office opens onto a square with benches and trees and I take up residence in a shady corner and knit socks during sunny lunch hours. I am always joined by someone or other whose Mum or Auntie or Nan used to knit socks and I’ve even taught three determined teenagers with studs in their lips and eyebrows, who had always wanted to knit but no one could teach them. Two came back and showed me the scarves they had knitted (which were really excellent for first attempts) and the other one decided that crochet was for her and is most of the way through a tea-cosy for her Nan.

    My Boss told me that in future the square was going to be known as “Place de la Concorde” after the square in France where the peasant women used to knit as the guillotine beheaded the French aristocracy! Grim British humour at it’s very worst!

  99. Knitting in the wide world, yes doesn’t everyone? I have knitted in the car, at work in break times, on trams, on a steam train which was held up (not by bandits) in a small country town for 3 hours, in the cinema, at committee meetings, even at an 80th birthday celebration when all the cousins brought out of their bags some form of knitting. I have also knitted at local craft markets when sitting for hours. Many people start conversations with what are you knitting? and then you’re off and running. I have had people join our Handknitters Guild when they see me knitting in public. I can knit when visiting folks in hospital. However now that knitting, crochet or sewing is out of the question on planes, there is still finger knitting.

    So yes, I knit in public and am proud of it.

    Lindy in Melbourne, Australia

  100. I regularly knit in the car, although not while driving I hasten to add. On any journey over about 15 minuntes long, my husband gets to drive (good job he enjoys it and is sympathetic to my addiction) and I get to knit. I have been known to embroider and cross-stitch or do needlepoint too but at the moment it’s always knitting.

    I also take my knitting to various family functions – only those places where it’s in someone’s home and I know the gathered throng will be OK with me knitting.

    And I’ve even been known to take my knitting to the swimming pool and knit for half an hour while my daughter has her swimming lesson. I only got a few strange looks but no more than when I take along a French novel (in French!) to read. May be it’s me they think is odd and not what I am doing??

    I’d love to do more but I’m usually rushing around to fit everything in. Ever managed to knit ni a supermarket, anyone?

  101. ah Sandi, you need to experience the delights of a cricket match – preferably a five day Test Match. No holds barred on the complexity of the knitted project because you have simply hours of watching very little happening, untroubled by great noise apart from polite ripples of applause and the occasional cry of “howzat” followed by regretful applause as the batsman is given out and walks from the crease – is this like a foreign language to you USA people?
    But for more confined spaces, I have to vote for crochet as the solution. I have to sit through long auction sales with large gaps between the lots I’m interested in so it is an ideal situation to bring out a crochet project – you don’t put your neighbours elbows at risk, it can be kept discreetly down in your lap and fulfils the criteria of being able to stop at a moment’s notice. I keep it to scarves, cushion covers and throws for ease.

  102. I knit while commuting in the train. When I visited my parents some time ago I had to wait in the station to change trains. The weater was quite fine so I enjoyed the sun outdoors while knitting off course. There was an old woman with scarf, you know the roma-style, they wander around, ask you for money and you try to ignore gently. I saw her in the corner of my eyes, she was just wandering around. Suddenly she stopped when she saw me knitting. She spoke a me unknown language, opened her almost teethless mouth to smile and raise her thumb. Like she was pleased to see someone “young” (I’m thirty) knitting in this western country. Knitting as a universal language in a way. Her daughters came out, all dressed up like in mtv music clips, screaming at her to hurry up.

  103. I’m another obsessive knitter and usually have something with me although in Britain, I’m usually the only one – you get some of the funniest looks! Most people don’t know how to react and just stare. It’s usually men who ask questions: “What are you knitting?” “Is it difficult?”, or tell me that “My gran used to do that”. Once or twice, though, I’ve been spotted by other knitters (not KIPing).

    I knit on the London Underground (“the Tube”), on buses, a passenger in a car, at classical concerts when I’m sure I won’t be seen from the stage (I do at least a pair of socks a year at the “Proms” at the Royal Albert Hall), at American Football Games (there are shots of me on my blog at last year’s NFL match at Wembley), at the Cricket, etc. I’ve even knitted my way through rock festivals. I also knit at every RPG session I attend.

    The only place I don’t knit are Premier League Football (soccer) matches and that’s mainly because there isn’t enough space to knit comfortably, even on a sock with DPNs. We’re crammed in. Also you don’t want to take you eyes off the ball for even a second in case you miss something.

    Oh, and I haven’t knitted at work since I stopped nursing and took an “office” job.

    Projects? Anything that doesn’t require much looking and is portable: hats and socks mainly, sometimes parts of sweaters that are in the “motoring” stage of stocking stitch.

    For those who knit on planes, I’m jealous. In Europe it is still difficult to get permission to bring your needles on board. And you may find that you can knit one way (say from Montreal to London) but the same airline won’t let you take your needles on your return journey. I know the regulations permit knitting, but the desk staff/security still make it difficult.

    I’m really fascinated by how others transport their KIP-projects and work/life/handbag stuff without looking like a bag lady (maybe a topic for another Knitting Daily?). I just never seem to pull it off.

    – Pam

  104. I knit in the car, as we all do, but not at the wheel, even when stopped. That could get you in court in the UK.
    I also knit while walking around, started some 40 years ago when I had a twenty minute walk home from the train and completed a whole jumper in a month. Nowadays I knit a whole sock in two weeks while walking the dog around a local woodland every day – the ground is too rough for really serious fast knitting.
    I knit walking into town, a small English seaside town, and maybe everyone thinks I am mad! Like most of you I have a knitting bag which hangs on my left arm, always ready to grab as I leave the door.
    I can knit without looking, even changing needles (I knit mostly socks on the move) and my youngest granddaughter is enthralled that I can knit in the dark too. I realised this while on a long car journey and as dusk fell I just carried on.
    However I have to use short dpns while walking held away from my body, but knit faster while sitting with long needles tucked under my arms. I even knit while waiting for my PC to boot!
    I have a book on Guernsey knitting in Cornwall (where I grew up) and it describes how the girls would knit as they walked many miles to the merchants to sell their villagers’ week’s work. The book has lovely pictures of women knitting as they wait for the fishing boats to come in, or while watching the landing of the fish. In St Ives in cornwall there is a long bench overlooking Porthgwidden Beach where women always sat and knitted – I wonder if they still do!
    Lorna, Dorset UK

  105. well – I was certainly relieved to read that I am not the only one who knits in the car, in waiting rooms, etc
    the craziest publiknitting I ever did?.. we had gone to perugia to visit my daughter who at the time was at University there – I was making a pair of black fingerless gloves and I had one and a half done
    The family wanted to walk around town, window shop, sight-see.. sooooo I finished the second glove walking the streets of perugia.. now, while knitting under the umbrella pool-side may get you looks in the states.. here it is quite normal to knit or crochet on the beach while you watch your kids.. alas, knitting while you walk the streets of one of Italy’s most famous Umbrian hilltows is not!! haha my son, about 15 at the time made sure no one would think I was his mother.. instead, my daughter – who intherited her mother’s crazy streak, but not her passion for handicrafts – had a good laugh and at the end of the afternoon she also has a pair of black fingerless gloves!!

  106. I’ve been knitting in pubic since way before it was the ‘in thing’ to do. Started at high school wrestling matches… talk about boring and lots of wait time until your son has his match. I take knitting with me everywhere, too.

    Actually, last night I did a first. We’re at Cedar Point (Ohio) for the weekend and can see one of the HUGE roller coasters from our boat. DH noticed the line wasn’t very long and said he wanted to ride. I grabbed my sticks/string and we headed over. So…it was my 1st time knitting in the world’s BEST amusement park. Oh, I was working on a facecloth using KnitPicks Cotlin. Also worked on it at dinner and finished it when we got back. I’ve already put it to good use this morning in the shower!

    I usually have a pair of socks that are to the point of ‘mindless’ knitting. Dishcloths are also easy and I give a lot of them for Christmas presents. Scarves (almost as boring as the sporting events) are another easy project. I’m with you about leaving the charts at home!

  107. I usually take socks, mittens, scarf, or a shawl in the “it’s still small stage”. But last summer I took a tam to Ireland. I copied the instructions on the copy machine leaving book at home. I love color but didn’t want the chore of multiple balls of yarn or a chart so I used self patterning sock yarn. I had a great tam at the end of the week to take to my farewell dinner (I went to a poetry writing workshop).

  108. I went to STitch N Pitch in WAshington DC on June 20 and was so happy, and proud, to see four sections full of knitters (and other needle arts). Go Nats!!!

  109. I always have a project in my “GO” bag (which is knit); if I finish one while I’m out, I am sure to put another in before I leave the house again, (six grandchildren give room for many future projects). I make copies of patterns that I know travel well and that way I don’t mess up the book or loose it!
    I am sure to carry a tape measure so that I don’t knit to far and have to RIP. People in my travels tell me memories of their mom or another relative that would knit or we discuss their new or last project. Many folks think that I have lots of patience as I calmly wait and wait and wait; they don’t know that it is in the task!
    Miles of Smiles

  110. After being caught with nothing to do way too many times (slow learner!), I now keep a small felted bag in my purse at all times with feltable yarn and 5″ dps and I-cord growing instead of boredom!

  111. the where list:
    -school, when I was 8 (we learned to knit in second grade)
    -on the train from my hometown to the city where I went to college
    -in one of my college classes to keep me awake
    -on the plane when I moved to the States in 1984
    -on the way to the Mom’ and Baby class when my son was old enough to sit up in the backpack (I used to have a skirt with huge pockets to keep my yarn in)
    -at my kids baseball games
    -at the Y when they took swimming classes
    -always in the car, when my husband is driving (one of my students asked me once Y o u a r e k n i t t i n g w h i l e d r i v i n g ? I quickly set her right on that.)
    -at my workplace during work (I’m lucky enough to teach handwork at a Waldorf School)
    -always during lunchbreak (we often have stragglers come in to finish up their own work)
    -at Wisconsin State Fair with other members of the guild
    -my local knitting guild meets at a McDonalds
    -at my weekly thursday knitting get together with the McKnitters (guess where?)
    -when waiting for my husband in the parking lot of his company
    – in the parking lot at the grocery store (when my husband is with me and we need to pick just a few little things. He goes in – I knit)

    anything that’s on my needles right now. Depending on how much attention I need to give to other things and other it might be as simple as garter stitch or as complicated as Eugene Beugler’s Frost Flowers and Leaves shawl. I also take my my spindle along. (One time when dropping of my son and his cousins at the airport, a woman asked me if I was unravelling yarn.)

  112. I never leave home without a project. I have one knitting bag all packed to just grab and go. It usually has dish cloths in it which I like to keep on hand for coworker or teacher gifts. We drive 45 minutes each way to church, so I always have plenty of time for even baby blankets. I can even knit in the dark if I have to but I do have a light to clip on my seat belt plus I have a ‘to go’ knitting bag that clips on so I can knit while I walk. My husband and family think I am kinda obsessed. I just think it is a way of life.

  113. Well, let me see, I’m not called the “bag lady” for nothing … my husband chose that name. I have different canvas bag for different projects – because of size – knitted shawls, fun fur scarves, fingerless gloves (mittens), crocheted potholders, crocheted coat hanger covers, baby blankets and clothes, beanies, to name a few. I have all my “needed” items in a nylon mesh bag so they are all handy to take anywhere. All my projects go where I go. On complicated ones, I only take the project when the pattern says “continue in pattern” for xx rows. It’s surprising to me how many women (and children too) are attracted to where I’m sitting (or standing) to ask what I’m doing and confess that “I wish I knew how” or “I learned when I was a kid” to knit (or crochet). I hope I can encourage someone to learn or to pick up the craft and Be A Fearless Knitter (or Crocheter).

  114. I have several small projets in a variety of ziplock bags that I can grab and go. I took a few on a recent trip to London and Paris. I knitted on the trains andmet several other knitters (all Americans) who were also working on their projects!

    Although I have seen IPODs and mini TVs, I am wondering how knitting at the gym would be perceived?

  115. Hello. I do charity knitting for The Seaman’s Church Institute which involves using the same easy patterns they provide for making scarves and hats and other cold weather gear (both knitted and crocheted). These are really great projects to take “on the road.” We do quite a bit of traveling in our RV and living in Florida, I now have a worthwhile outlet for all of the scarves and hats I care to produce. Anyone interested in a worthwhile charity can check them out at

  116. I’ve knitted while a passenger in cars, at my kids(and then grandkids) sporting events, even made a shawl when we flew from N.J. to California last month. The place where my knitting group still can’t believe I knit is at the dentist….not just in the waiting room but while he’s working on my teeth.( I’ve had bad dentists in the past) and knitting is the only way I can be calm while my present dentist is working…he thinks it’s fascinating.. …so it doesn’t bother him, and relaxes me.

  117. I knit anywhere I have to wait. Circular needles are best when traving because you can keep work on your lap . Straight needles tend to need more room, and the more you do a stitch the more familiar it becomes and you can knit it anywhere even on crowded subway trains standing by the pole or by the doors. I have knit blankets, and when they get long you just throw the excess over your arm so that it does not stretch as you’re knitting.

    I admit that since summer has started that I have carried it with me less, simply because our summer activities incorporate dirt, mud, fish ;0P , trees, wood, animals, etc… And I MUST have CLEAN knitting at all times…
    Nobody wants to receive a knitted gift with animal hair, druel on it, or has been in a river! lol..

    A tote with a project (or 3) and a small zipper pouch with all the necessities, and some mints or something of that sort and I am set.
    I even knitted some hats while riding a train and if I couldn’t knit and talk, I wouldn’t have gotten anything done with all the people that kept asking questions! (4 hour ride 1 way)

    Coffee shop, park, riding in the car, walking on trails, waiting for church to start (i put it away during service! ;0) ), visiting ANYONE’s house (whether they approve or not), and anything else we do… I could be knitting. Because likewise – So many times I have wasted valuable knitting time sitting around waiting for something or somebody!
    It’s like toilet paper, I’d rather have it and not need it, Than NEED it and wish it was with me, and not have a SINGLE scrap to work with!

  119. I always have a sock-in-progress in my bag. If there’s een the remotest possibility that I will be sitting for more than an hour or two, I take an extra ball of yarn, and maybe even an extra project. I’m much better at waiting now than I used to be.

  120. Last Christmas, my DH bought me a Jordana Page bag which is a gorgeous large red leather knitting bag – that looks proper! So now, instead of having millions of scrappy bags with me, I have this lovely bag which is long enough to take my longest needles…. and it’s home to what ever project I’m working on at the time… Can’t recommend it highly enough (and it fits neatly on the back of my bicycle!)

    I knit mostly at work – I work for an international radio station and sometimes have long periods in the studio when I don’t have anything to do – so I knit. I’m now known for it around the building! I’m just about finished on a lacy jumper – which was possible with the chart laid out on the mixing desk! I’ve only been reprimanded once for knitting live on air – by one of the Russian producers. I’m careful now to hide it behind the mixing desk!

    I had a first this week – the lady on the train sitting next to me was fascinated by my knitting. She wanted to learn how to knit, so I showed her… then she wanted to knit a stitch, so I let her. A little while later she wanted another go – and before I knew it, my st-st circular jumper was out of my hands and there she was plain as pie knitting my granddad’s jumper. It felt odd I have to say… I think I was jealous of her knitting MY jumper – so I got out my lacy jumper project and there we sat, side by side, knitting! Much to the amusement of our fellow passengers.

  121. Every time I wear my green socks with the cross slipped stitches I go back to the ferry from Stockholm to Mariefred and a pleasant knitting morning on the water!!! Patty J.

  122. I am another one that knits in public. I knit at the doctor’s office, work, and the kids’ sporting events , just to name a few places. I take projects that are “mindless” knitting also, like dishcloth baby blankets (they are really cool if you use self striping yarn), but what I really like to do is make “Harry Potter” scarves. I have worked on those at school sporting events in the school colors and I have had people ask me if I take orders. Some want school colors, and some want different colors. It is interesting to see what color combinations people come up with. I use circular needles and knit in the round, so they are one big tube, and then put fringe on the ends. They are really nice, warm scarves and people have really liked them. I have also made matching hats and mittens. Great Christmas gifts!

  123. I knit in cars, in trains on airplanes. In front of the TV and yes at PTO meetings. In doctors offices, dentist offices, at soccer games and tennis matches. I knit at Weight Watcher meetings and at the local Textile Guide group meetings. I knit at the Y with my workout buddies and at friends homes when invited. I knit scarves, gloves, hats, shawls, phonchos, and any thing without a complicated chart pattern.
    I knit to relax, to create, to pass the time and to keep from eating. Being a die hard crafter and having tried anything and everything at least once, knitting is my favorite because it transports easily, shortens the time spent waiting, and ends up a as usable project almost every time. Knitting on the go…

  124. I knit everywhere except in a movie theater – but think a mindless baby blanket would be easy to do there. Once a week I attend a support group for Alzheimer’s caregivers and my needles go the whole time. Usually it is something simple like a baby cap, the body of a baby sweater, a prayer shawl, a tribble or a baby blanket. Also knit on the volunteer committees I sit on – couldn’t do it as a staff person, but boy I do it know. Someone even made me a cute nametag with knitting needles on it. My needles go at dr.’s office, in the examing room, in the car if someone else is driving and at home if watching TV. Have even done it after having eye dilated for my monthly shot of Lucentis – once the injection is done, so is my knitting. Have had so many coments from men as well as women. Usually the men will say their mother did it and they can tell me exactly what she made them, or their children and if they still have it. Some interesting stories and a pleasant way to pass the time in waiting rooms. Jane K

  125. I knit everywhere except in a movie theater – but think a mindless baby blanket would be easy to do there. Once a week I attend a support group for Alzheimer’s caregivers and my needles go the whole time. Usually it is something simple like a baby cap, the body of a baby sweater, a prayer shawl, a tribble or a baby blanket. Also knit on the volunteer committees I sit on – couldn’t do it as a staff person, but boy I do it know. Someone even made me a cute nametag with knitting needles on it. My needles go at dr.’s office, in the examing room, in the car if someone else is driving and at home if watching TV. Have even done it after having eye dilated for my monthly shot of Lucentis – once the injection is done, so is my knitting. Have had so many coments from men as well as women. Usually the men will say their mother did it and they can tell me exactly what she made them, or their children and if they still have it. Some interesting stories and a pleasant way to pass the time in waiting rooms. Jane K

  126. I love to knit in public! the biggest thing I did was a sweater inthe round with a Fairisle Yoke. I t came out lovely and it was the third thing I ever knit. Lots of people would look at it and ask me about it and kids are always interested!The dentist’s office always ask me what Im knitting next! Sadly I hardly ever see anyone else knittng in public. I too feel it is a good use of wasted time (Waiting room Etc.) MaryL

  127. I knit at after mass, when I am at the doc’s office, at work during lunch hour (every day), when I have to sit in DMV, when there company over, when we bbq ourside, when the kids where home, after they left home, when we take long car trips, when we go nowhere, and every or anywhere in between.

    I love knitting in public. It get’s folks talking and they find out that it is not against the law to knit in public, nor will you be laughted at, ridiculed, shunned, or run out of town. In fact, you may just inspire someone to try something new, or renew their former passion for knitting.

    You also get smiles from old and young which is the best part.


  128. My knitting goes everywhere with me except on planes. If I have some time I take it out and knit a few rows. It helps me to contain my exasperation in regards to the hurry up and wait mentality that seems to permeate our lives. I even take my knitting to church. At my husband’s church we have singing before the preaching starts and I usually can do a few rows then. I don’t knit during the talk(though I have been tempted). At Mass, I will knit before it starts; I have gotten some stares but mostly smiles. I can knit and pray at the same time.

    Robin Rose

  129. Hi All

    I had been knitting and crocheting for nearly 35 years before I decided that I too could knit outside on the train/bus after seeing people knitting in Disneyworld. I had a brain tumour last year and my left hand went weird but I still carried some knitting out with me! I’m back knitting sensibly now and thank these posts and Interweave for bringing my knits and purls back into my life!

  130. Years ago, my daughter was in a children’s choir at Christmas time. While they practiced, I worked on my current knitting project.

    One evening, the choir was rehearsing inside a local cathedral. Every tiny sound filled the whole sanctuary, and the atmosphere was very reverent and other-worldy.

    It happened that I was knitting socks on steel dpns. At just the right moment, one of my needles slipped out of my hands onto the floor. The loud tinkling of the fallen needle echoed throughout the cathedral and completely spoiled the mood!

    Although it was among my Most Embarrassing Moments, I still take my knitting everywhere I go!

  131. I’ve been knitting in public since I was 19 (40 years) That’s how I learned to knit ‘continental’ A woman riding the T (Boston) was doing weird things with her needles and I asked if I could watch. I haven’t knit the conventional way nor dropped a needle since. When knitting on a bus, train, T or subway, always use circular needles, they do not get stuck on someones clothes, or drop to the floor and roll all the way to the driver… I bring my projects to the doctors office, dentist office, the registry of motor vehicles and on all our little trips to the store, church, or family outings. My husband likes to drive… good then I can knit.

  132. I am known for knitting in meetings. In fact, I tell my bosses, if you want me awake, you want me knitting. I don’t always restrict myself to the easiest patterns, but I do make sure I am knitting something that doesn’t require too much intervention, such as pouring over patterns or counting too much. I am able to concentrate on the meeting – I can even read and knit at the same time – much better than if I were needleless, as my mind truly wanders when my hands have nothing to do. Conferences are the holy grail of kntting time – entire days of just listening! I have finished whole garments (certainly whole socks) at a decent conference.

  133. I bring “baby hats” as my easy knitting project. I have a little bag with several base colors of yarn and several embelishing choices, two sets of DP needles size 8 and 9 (or 7),and a little tupperware of knitting accesories.
    If I am traveling by plane I make sure the scisors are out of the bag and that the tapestry needles are plastic. I don’t use a pattern and I make them a little “crazy” with the embelishments. I size them to fit preemie to full size newborn. When I have completed 20 or more, I take them to the community hospital newborn ICU.

  134. i haven’t been knitting very long but there was one time i went with my sister to a volley ball game at her school and long story short there is a picture of the crowed in her yearbook and i am knitting while everyone else is cheering.

  135. Loved reading about everyone else’s KIP-ing! In Thailand I couldn’t survive (well, perhaps I should say my HUSBAND wouldn’t survive) if I wasn’t able to knit on my commute (but amazingly it took me many years to discover that – in fact, wasn’t until the niece hit her 20s and asked for hand knitted items)! As anyone who has been to Bangkok knows – traffic is horrendous. A drop of rain falls and the traffic stops instantly. For maybe TWO hours without moving an inch. Making my normal 2-hr commute into a 3-4 hour commute.

    I knit on the long-tailed boat (before dawn, using the little tiny light that slips over the ear – the MOST wonderful invention!), then on the bus, at work when it is slow (better than playing computer games, right?), and on the commute home – a couple buses and a boat. The commute knitting ends up being where I get most of my knitting done.
    I have a lightweight nylon drawstring stuff bag for my commute knitting – where I do sleeves, charity knitting, stuff like that – no color knitting, too bulky. And in the rainy season especially I have to make sure to have an alternate project just in case the first one is completed when the traffic grinds to a halt. And I have learned the hard way to have extra yarn just in case as well. Then I have the big projects at home (mostly get worked on on Sunday) and the intricate projects at work (a desk to lay the chart on).

    Before I started knitting on the commute I would arrive home very grumpy – now, no matter how long it takes me to get home, I’m in high spirits (unless I – gasp – run out of yarn!) – and my hubby really appreciates that!

    Church – wish I could knit in church – well, I do during other services, but not the divine service – our Thai and Filipino members here are very conservative and even charity knitting would distract others, and knitting and crocheting here is so often done for sale (you often see vendors crocheting hats, bags, etc) so could be misconstrued even if I knew it was for charity. I certainly knit during the board meetings! Helps me focus and makes it easier for me to translate for those who don’t understand one of the languages.

    …. Riki in Bangkok

  136. I, too always have some knitting project with me. And I always knit in the car on our travels. One time we were traveling on a Sunday and my husband wanted to watch a Bengals football game. There was no cable in the hotel so the manager told us to go over to Hooters. Yes, I took my knitting (I was knitting an easy scarf) and sat and knit while everyone else ate and cheered for the Bengals or Steelers. I know I had more fun than they did!

  137. I haven’t been knitting that long (a little over a year)but I’ve knitted everywhere in class(that explains why I’m so bad at math),on long car trips, at camp during down time, but the weirdest place is at a volley ball game there’s a picture in of me in the year book!

  138. I have a little zipped bag that just fits all the makings for a pair of socks or wristwarmers. That goes with me everywhere, including first aid duty as a St John ambulance volunteer. It needs to be something I can drop instantly in case of emergency. KIP is always good for getting people to talk to me beside the “are you a police lady?” and “where are the toilets?” questions that one always gets.

  139. About 2 months ago, I got stuck in a horrendous traffic jam. A journey that normally takes me 75 mins, ended up being 5 hours long. Thank goodness for my knitting – and not being afraid to knit in public! (not anymore, I must add).

  140. I don’t believe you don’t have a “Low Priority” project that is just laying around?!!!!! Since you are a “Fearless Knitter”, you have more than one project started at a time. I carry a crochet hook around in my back pocket. I also have yarn in my desk at work.

    Also, tell Jane K that movie theaters are the best place to get baby blankets and booties done.

    I have a shawl I just leave in the car. It is not for anyone in particular and I am in no hurry to get it finished. Since I am usually alone, it sits on the passenger’s seat, and any red light, train, lull in traffic, I can get two rows done easily while I am going to work. Of course when I get my motorcycle out of the shop, that is another story.

  141. Pack knitting first and then whatever else you may need is my motto. I always leave something in the car, usually a simple baby afghan that I can pick up at any point. I carry a small portable tote for small projects and knit while I walk and always have a project going at work so I can knit over my lunch hour. My biggest fear would be to have hours available and nothing to knit! The guilt would kill me!

  142. I knit in public all the time.

    I once worked in a hospital that had some seriously dodgy elevators; I made sure that I always had my purse when I need to take the elevator, just in case I got stuck between floors and had to wait for hours to be rescued by some hunky firefighter.

    Alas, I never had such luck.

  143. I have always carried small projects with me (socks, washcloths, hats) – always prepared to spend time knitting/crocheting patiently while waiting for children at whatever event or practice they were needed. As my children grew, I found that knitting or crocheting a mindless afghasn was a good way to spend time driving with your teenager. Your not grabbing the dash, stepping on the invisible gas pedal, or screaming, if your relaxing with your soft fiber which in turn gives your young driver more confidence, plus in the end they have the afghan to remind them of their accomplishment.

  144. Before 9-11, I knit a great deal on airplanes- Immediately after, when they were paranoid about everything, I couldn’t bring my knitting. I switched to quilting or reading (I was having a severe attack of baby quilts around then in any case). However there was a trip to a conference when I didn’t have a quilt ready to travel. “No problem,” I thought. “It’s only for one trip. I’ll bring extra books.”

    That worked fine for the plane, but I’d totally neglected to consider the conference. After one afternoon of listening to speakers while alternately fidgeting and obsessively doodling on any surface that would hold ink, I was forced to seek out a needlework shop and invest in a couple of counted-cross-stitch kits. My s.o. vehemently supported this, and encouraged me to never again travel without a piece of handwork!

    In addition to all the places other commenters have mentioned, I also knit quite a bit in restaurants. The 10-20 minutes while you wait for a table, the time between ordering and receiving food, and the time between when I finish eating and when everyone else does- extremely useful! Also when hanging around chatting with friends- in person or on the phone. I did nearly half a sock the other night, just while socializing.

  145. I keep a pair of socks in a small makeup bag that goes just about everywhere with me. I take it with me even when going to meetings. I never know when I’ll have a couple of minutes free.

    My favorite few minutes is at boy scout meetings, when my Advancement work is done. I have convinced the boys that I’m practicing my “Advanced Knots”.

  146. Knitting means always having someting to do while waiting. Consquently, an opportunity to wait -is an opportunity to knit. Plane trips and commutes are events that I look forward to because of the obvious time for knitting. I pack plastic or bamboo needles and have only lost a small blunt-nosed scissors. However, I found that the Social Security Offices are more restrictive than airports/airlplanes and that you cannot bring knitting needles or even crochet hooks because somebody somewhere used them against an employee.

  147. Where ARE you people?
    I take some sort of knitting everywhere I go, including to dinner with friends, to the supermarket, following my husband through the Home Depot store…
    I have NEVER seen anyone else knitting! 🙁
    I do get a lot of comments, and people do love to see a finished sock, when I have the 2nd one in progress. I take mostly socks, or any other project still small enough and simple enough to carry. I have learned to knit without looking at my work, and to knit in the dark — but I’ve discovered that if I drop a stitch, or make some other mistake, I can’t FIX it in the dark!
    Aside from the stories about the knitter they know, or the queries about my project, the number one question I get is “Do you knit in bed, too?” I don’t — but my husband loves to tease, and if he hears it, he always tells them that I knit all night, and the clicking of my needles keeps him awake, but if he complains, I poke little holes in him! 😛 THEN I get a lot of strange looks! LOL
    My funniest KIP story, though, was a family road trip. We all went to the Rose Bowl, and it was New Year’s Eve, rush hour, in Los Angeles. My sister was driving, and I was riding shotgun, while knitting in the round on the torso of a sweater. My job was to watch the exit signs, and navigate. Her job was to watch the traffic, and the passengers in the back seat were assigned to keep track of the car we were supposed to be following, who was doing his level best to lose us! As all of us are from the vast open spaces of the West, and more accustomed to having the highways to ourselves, tension was very high!
    My sister kept snapping at me to put my knitting DOWN, and to pay ATTENTION! I assured her that I WAS paying attention, as I didn’t need to LOOK at my knitting, but that it was much, much better if I didn’t put it down, because knitting was keeping me from biting chunks out of her dashboard! LOL
    The funniest part was later, when I finished up the sweater — it was done in a varigated yarn, and my tension/gauge changed dramatically over the part where I was in L.A. traffic! The whole color pattern swirled and changed!! And happily, it was right at the waist of the sweater, and it ended up looking very artistic and flattering! LOLOLOL I couldn’t repeat that trick if I tried, but I think of that trip, every time I wear that sweater!
    I hope to see some of you KIP someday!
    🙂 Michele in Idaho

  148. I have my knitting, every day, no matter where I go. I have knit in grocery lines, lines at Disney world, while I’m in traffic (obviously when my husband is the driver)…in a restaurant while we are waiting for a meal or our table….just everywhere! I even take it to work…I always said “What if there was a black out, computers went down and we had to wait”…..I got lots of grins a giggles. But we recently had a power failure, we couldn’t leave and while everyone was walking around saying I have nothing to do, this is ridiculous, I whipped out my sweater and finished a sleeve!

    I truly recoomend taking your knitting, or crocheting everywhere you go……You will find yourself without stress in some pretty stressful situations! It’s like American Express….Don’t leave home without it!

  149. I carry knitting everywhere. My particular favorite is to knit during performance intermissions. Not too long ago I was using needles that light up in the dark and nearly caused a public disturbance. Also, I use a lot of public transportation and would be a basket case if I couldn’t knit while going from point a to point b. I get into some great conversations and meet wonderful people this way.

  150. I immediately thought of your post on Saturday evening when I was knitting in the strangest, most public place I’ve ever knitted: the middle of Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan. My boyfriend’s car broke down on our way to my apartment, and it was too hot to sit inside waiting for the tow truck. Instead, I hopped on top of the car and happily knitted away. A few people sitting in traffic commented that it was a strange place to knit. I just smiled and waved like it was my own KIP parade.

  151. Being a ballet mum, I have had many hours to pass waiting for my girls. We live out of town and with petrol and time and wear and tear on the vehicles, it was easier to stay in town. This gave me a minimum of 7 hours/week ……just knitting! What sacrifice! I have knitted everything from socks to lace shawls, designed my own and helped other mums. It often opens up opportunities to talk with people who otherwise might not approach you. My knitting travels with me everywhere, usually a couple of different projects so I have a choice.
    What fascinates me is the number of children I meet who have never seen someone knitting. My own girls all learn to handle the needles when they’re about 4yrs old. With 7 of them, I figure I should be able to balance out the world somehow. I also remember knitting whilst waiting at a gymnastics class and the Dads there saying how old fashioned I was;only grandmothers did it!

  152. I have been knitting in public for years. In the dorm, at Bible study, and all the usual places where you have to wait, ( the really long traffic light that you always hit changing to red).
    My project is whatever I happen to be working on, of course if it is too large a blanket it stays home and a new project gets started. (that must be how I have so many UFOs sitting around.)
    Last summer I took my knitting and crocheting with me to our minor league games. My dad got such a kick out of watching work will cheering on our Wildthings. I completed several preemie caps and chemo caps for the local hospitals.
    Next game is Friday nite guess what is in my bag? Another new project and some conversation.

  153. I got most of my Xmas presents done at my daughter’s soccer practices last year- my first sweater vest, some fingerless gloves, a pair of slippers, a drop-stitch scarf. It was 2 hours of pure knitting time that woul dhave been wasted time. I kept threatening to teach the dads to knit.

  154. I’ve been knitting in public for over 40 years! When my daughter was playing basketball in high school and someone would ask if her mother was there she would reply-yes. She’s the one up in the stands knitting! I always have my knitting with me-just in case! The last baseball game I went to was the Seattle Mariners. It’s a 5 hour drive from our house. We got stuck in a bad traffic jam (Tractor trailer accident) and it took us 9 hours to get to the game. I finished my project and started another with the leftover yarn!!

  155. Oh socks for sure! I knit constantly on the bus since I’ve got a 45 minute ride to and from work 🙂 Valuable knitting time! I did knit almost an entire sweater on the bus, but it was a cardi, so plenty of small pieces.
    I also have a pop top oval shaped container that holds scissors, stitch holders, stitch markers, pencil, tapastry needle, and bobby pins! Sometimes my hair gets out of control and when knitting is in order the hair has to be tamed 🙂

  156. My moto is have knitting will travel. Don’t leave home without it
    I have actually been televised knitting at a Colorado Rockies game and not the Stitich and Pitch Game, long slow Sunday afternoon game,boy was I glad that I brought a project. My friens thought they lost the gmae feed and was sent to a crafting program until they saw it was me I have knitted in Yellowstone, top of the Towers of America, Mexico and beyond. I have spent many an all day Blues Music event working on socks, scarves, baby blankets, anything small and portable. My loving husband has driven miles out of the way to puchase needles that I left at home or lost.

  157. i KIP at Walt Disney World whenever I’m there (which is quite often due to my family having a time share at WDW). i’ll knit in line while waiting on attractions, poolside at the resort, or while sitting around at the quick service restaurants resting, or while waiting on the bus to and from the resorts/theme parks.

    i knit mostly socks, but before i started knitting socks, i would drag along sweater projects or scarves. the kids are the most intrigued by my hobby and the brave ones will ask me what i’m doing and i’ll show them. the adults also look at me with intrigue and i’ve gotten a few knowing smiles from adults of all ages. i’ve even had some cast members smile at me or come up to me to say that their grandmother/mother/sister/aunt knits and ask about what i’m making.

    i’ve never had an issue getting my knitting through the security checkpoint at the entrance of the parks b/c i carry my knitting in a clear plastic baggie (you know, a ziploc bag) and i’ll just say to the guard “oh, this is just some knitting.” some will smile, some will look at me oddly, one even positively commented about it… but all let me pass w/o any issues.

    having knitting at WDW can make the experience there a bit less tedious.

  158. I feel panic stricken even on a short car or bus journey if I’ve not got my smallest knitting bag…just the right size for one sock on a circular. The thought of wasting the chance of even a few rows feels wrong!

    I’m not absolutely convinced about socks on circulars but keep one project on the go because it’s so liberating knowing I’m not going to look silly if I drop a small dpn under the seat in front on the bus or pull all the stitches off one needle.

    A couple of friends and I often knit together in the coffee shop near their workplace but don’t very often see anyone else doing so in our area…so I’m delighted to know that there are so many of us who do knit in public!

  159. I knit in the car and in waiting rooms like any respectable knitter would, but I have taken to knitting at the family cookouts this summer. This had led to me teaching 1 niece to knit, several requests for birthday presents and some real genuine interest from 2 of my nephews, who are as rough and tumble as they come. I am now questioned if I show up somewhere without my knitting.

  160. I have just read the comments and though I would expand on Fliss’s mention of cricket. A test match takes 5 days. Even the short version, called a One-Day match, takes 8 hours. I think that cricket and knitting just go together and love them both.

    And a warning for all you international travellers. You still cannot take knitting needles onto Australian planes. Stick them in your checked in luggage or you’ll have to pull your project off your needles.



  161. I got a big purse so I could carry a project with me everywhere.

    I googled for jackets and found a pattern for a paneled jacket. It is about one small skein for each panel. So each panel fits perfectly in my purse.

    My husband however says it’s impolite to knit while visiting with someone. I think it helps pass the time – even waiting for the movie to start.

  162. I took a knitting project with me on a hike on June 14th, KIP day! I was making a pair of “Scar Rib” socks from Sock Wars II for myself. The hike was above Park City, near Park City Mountain Resort (no snow on June 14th). The group was made up of non-knitters. Imagine their suprise, when we stopped for a snack and I took out my knitting! Happy knitting! (Socks are my favorite!) –Peggy

  163. I knit everywhere, even in the bath. Yes it is possible even if it’s only to do smaller swatches or a dishcloth. The bath is also a very good place for winding skeins into balls.
    I always bring my knitting to work, I knit int the car, on the bus and while walking the cat. My one rule when bringing it outside is that it has to fit in my knee. When it gets to big it’s turned in to a TV project.

  164. I just found this thread, so forgive the johnny-come-lately comment.

    I love to knit in public. It exposes people to knitting and lets me feel productive. Last knit I took my knitting to the opera. I started a ‘prayer shawl’ for a friend having surgery, and decided on a stitch pattern that could be worked in the dark. I got more than fifteen inches knit during a performance of ‘La Traviata’. (It is worked in a horizontal rib – knit two rows, purl one row.)

    People are always amazed when I walk into a movie theatre with a ball of yarn and walk out with half a scarf knitted.