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Lanea
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Posted - 04/20/2010 :  10:19:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Did any of you here this: http://www.cartalk.com/Radio/WeeklyShow/online.html

A knitter called in to ask about the likelihood of injury while knitting in the passenger seat of a car. I know we've discussed that very thing here a number of times, so I thought it was particularly interesting. My fervent hope is that one of the Car Talk physics experts will speak up on this.

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Posted - 04/20/2010 :  6:04:06 PM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I missed this one. I'd like to hear a good response too

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Posted - 04/20/2010 :  6:09:15 PM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I did hear this, and I was surprised by the responses. I recall that one of them said, "Eh, I'm not sure this is a good idea," and the other one basically said, "Go for it, life is short." I would have thought that they would have been more negative.

Aside: Did you notice that all of us who have posted on this thread (so far) are from N.VA?

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Posted - 04/20/2010 :  6:14:22 PM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
N VA is NPR country. I REALLY love Wait Wait Dont Tell Me.

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knittingrunner
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Posted - 04/20/2010 :  6:40:02 PM  Show Profile Send knittingrunner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
SE VA weighing in too.
I don't catch the show anymore, wish I'd caught that one though
Thanks for posting the link.

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stitchmd
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Posted - 04/20/2010 :  8:15:29 PM  Show Profile Send stitchmd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm across the Potomac and when I knit in the car I do small projects on short, plastic needles, big sizes so the point isn't so pointy. It's even safer to crochet. I love Car Talk.

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Lanea
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Posted - 04/21/2010 :  05:26:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We are NPR lovers around the DC area, aren't we?

If you missed the episode and would like to hear it, you can listen to it for free on that page I linked to above. I think part of the reason they weren't too negative is that Tommy's wife knits. My husband has cautioned me about the possible dangers of knitting in the passenger seat, but I tend to work on wooden circs most of the time and I do put my seat way back, so I don't think I'm in terrible danger.

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Posted - 04/22/2010 :  03:19:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit BessH's Homepage Send BessH a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My BD used to squirm and complain about my front seat knitting but I just ignored him.

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fmarrs
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Posted - 04/22/2010 :  03:53:24 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is a subjective response but in my 40 years of medical experience, I've only seen one injury from a knitting needle in an auto accident. It was a straight aluminum needle and it was stuck in the thigh. We just pulled it out and gave antibiotics without any further problems.

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norsknitter
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Posted - 04/22/2010 :  04:04:54 AM  Show Profile Send norsknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I'm from Boston and also an avid NPR listener. There are many of us up here.

And I've been knitting in cars forever. I know whenever I'm knitting and my husband brakes suddenly surprises me in some other way, I immediately drop my needles and brace.

Of course I use circular needle for everything and I never do anything complex in the car.

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scarfitup
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Posted - 04/22/2010 :  04:08:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit scarfitup's Homepage Send scarfitup a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I LOVE Car Talk - those two guys just crack me up (or I should say, they crack each other up!) I would guess that knitting in the car is not much more dangerous than most any other "vices" we might indulge in while driving/riding as long as we're not trying to drive AND knit! ;) I'd like to take my chances on this one - but unfortunately, my husband no longer does highway driving, so I'm the driver on long trips. It vastly cuts into my knitting time!

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hillstreetmama
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Posted - 04/22/2010 :  04:19:05 AM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I caught that show while on the way back from Chicago...and I was knitting in the front seat! I thought they would suggest circular needles, but at least they did talk about holding your needles low - that would be less likely for an airbag to push them into the knitter. I do stay away from DPN's in the car, because I have visions of being skewered in an accident. I never thought about the airbag, but it's something to consider.

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crc532
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Posted - 04/22/2010 :  04:43:34 AM  Show Profile Send crc532 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As I was in my friend's car driving to IKEA the other day, feverishly working on a baby blanket for a Saturday shower, I thought, this is dangerous. If she stops suddenly, I could be in trouble. I was using my knitpicks interchangables which have a nice sharp tip - perfect to do some serious damage in a bad accident.

I have not read it in 30 years, but isn't there an accident involving a knitting needle in "The World According To Garp"? Scary thought. Think I will start to use safer needles. A more rounded. I love to knit in the car too - bummer.

Hopefully CarTalk will follow up on that.

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stherio
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Posted - 04/22/2010 :  04:44:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit stherio's Homepage Send stherio a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I live in the Adirondacks and NPR is the only station we can really get - so heck yeah, we listen!!!! I knit in the car - even short hops (only when my hubby is driving of course). I have always used needles on cables - got my first set about 40 years ago and have never used regular needles except double points. I think these are probably safer, but not sure. And yes, life is short!!!!!

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ConnieHere
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Posted - 04/22/2010 :  04:53:58 AM  Show Profile Send ConnieHere a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You know, I had never even thought about air bags and needles. Now I guess I'd better pay attention.
I usually miss this show as I'm with my knitting buddies on Saturday mornings when it's on, but get to hear Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and LOVE that show.

cg
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mertle
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Posted - 04/22/2010 :  04:56:54 AM  Show Profile Send mertle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I never thought about it, either, but it's certainly worth pondering. Now I'll figure this issue into my next trip knitting.

We love NPR here in SC, too. It's the only radio I listen to. A couple of years ago I drove from St. Augustine FL home to Columbia by myself. I picked up a FL NPR station right away and listened 'til it faded. Quickly scanned and found a GA NPR station that lasted into SC. Then picked up my Columbia station that brought me home. Great trip! It was all talk shows, so I learned a lot, too. Love the music, but the talk was great for driving alone.

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jaknitsea@charter.net
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Posted - 04/22/2010 :  05:06:23 AM  Show Profile Send jaknitsea@charter.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have knit in the car for years and only use circular needles. Sometimes we use a pen in the car what is the difference! It keeps me sane when I must drive with my husband.....

Janice from Southeastern WI
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yarngourmet
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Posted - 04/22/2010 :  05:26:18 AM  Show Profile Send yarngourmet a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree with the "life is short" reply. Nothing is zero risk, absolutely nothing. So knit wherever, whenever you can, with the obvious exception of bungee jumping. Unfortunately, I get violently car sick if I focus my eyes on a book or knitting while a car is moving, so I can't knit in the car. But I can knit on trains, planes, and rocking chairs.
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jlriordan@gmail.com
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Posted - 04/22/2010 :  05:27:26 AM  Show Profile Send jlriordan@gmail.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The only knitting injury I've seen was a size 2 metal dpn going into my mom's thigh. She did have to go to the hospital, since we weren't sure if it was in a vein. However, it wasn't automobile related; she was getting dressed after an aquatics class.

She and I both knit when we're in the passenger seat. However, since I'm usually driving, most of my travel knitting is confined to trains and buses to and from work. I usually use bamboo or wooden needles, so I don't give it a second thought.
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JMatGam
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Posted - 04/22/2010 :  05:51:12 AM  Show Profile Send JMatGam a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think the danger is about the same as a pen/pencil. Besides, are your needles sharper than a pencil? I think a toothpick in the mouth or scalding hot drinks would be worse.

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kcholm
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Posted - 04/22/2010 :  06:17:44 AM  Show Profile Send kcholm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Gee, I knit while I'm in the driver's seat so I guess I don't have much to say about the dangers of knitting in the passenger's seat.
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