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VioletHunterHolmes
New Pal

USA
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Posted - 07/01/2014 :  11:16:01 AM  Show Profile Send VioletHunterHolmes a Private Message  Reply with Quote
In general I take my knitting, on wooden or bamboo needles, virtually everywhere I go. The exception is a place like the Wilshire Special District Office (don't ask).

I go in there, knitting in tow, not expecting a fuss. Security guard sees the needles, pulls them out, recoils.

"You can't take those in there. You must leave them outside."

Poor guy. First time around, I stayed outside with the needles, knitting. Second time, it was my mother who stood guard.

Yeah. Apparently I'm a homicidal maniac who can't trusted with a pair of knitting needles since I might let 'er rip and massacre the whole building on a whim.

All seriousness aside, I can understand the concern. Sort of. My own intentions might be peaceable, but what about the sleazy no-name shmo next to me? All right, point taken, no pun intended. On the other hand, a friend who crochets like nobody's business brings her work into government buildings on a regular basis. Nobody says anything, but then again the rules on contraband specified knitting needles, not crochet hooks. Oy!

SeeJaneKnit
Warming Up

99 Posts

Posted - 07/01/2014 :  3:32:50 PM  Show Profile Send SeeJaneKnit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
But knitting needles are pointy! Even all those grannies could pierce skin and muscle with a knitting needle. Crochet hooks would be too dull for grannies.
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Rwats2
Chatty Knitter

USA
241 Posts

Posted - 07/03/2014 :  09:51:46 AM  Show Profile Send Rwats2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have that jury problem starting Monday morning. But, I have the problem solved. I have 1 scarf pattern with at least 200 to 400 and something rows in it, and a counter pane piece that has about 220 rows in it that are dying to be recopied by hand. I have already got at least 2 junior legal note pads at the ready to get that done. I debating if I should go and get another one of my patterns out that I think may need to be recopied. I copy patterns in my own hand so that can copy out the repeats instead of having to sit and figure them out, and end up losing my place. But, I will have a book with me as well.
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VioletHunterHolmes
New Pal

USA
7 Posts

Posted - 07/05/2014 :  09:59:00 AM  Show Profile Send VioletHunterHolmes a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yeah, knitting needles are pointy. I keep jabbing myself in the thumb with them, but mostly with the effect of developing a thick callus on said thumb (left, in case you're curious). Right, patterns. Hadn't thought of that. I do read a lot, though. Funny thing on the knitting needles: This entire last week, I've been to this one place for meals. The woman currently in charge does an excellent impersonation of the prison warden in The Shawshank Redemption. I take out my knitting needles, however, and she doesn't say a word. I see her looking at the needles, possibly a flash of fear in her eyes. (Knitting during those times is a passive-aggressive protest against a high grating voice, the strictness of a nun with hidden abusive tendencies, and the whole good cop/bad cop treatment ["Hon... Love... Don't want no one to..."]. Wow, she's had a flippin' Rhodes Scholarship!) As I said, though, she doesn't say a word about it. Okay, that's weird.
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