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dancinggirl77 Posted - 08/04/2006 : 05:04:52 AM
Does anyone have any funny stories of trying to knit at work? I had my own office so I just closed the door and clicked away...
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amanda23 Posted - 01/27/2008 : 4:21:06 PM
I've brought knitting with me to knit on my lunch breaks at one of my jobs... I should be able to at work because there is so much down time in between what I do, but I think people would think I was slacking off if they saw me knitting.[:((] So instead I check out knitting related things (like these forums) in that downtime.

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amazing grace Posted - 01/27/2008 : 1:52:32 PM
I tend to get to work 15 minutes early and spend that time knitting before work. I tend to be more relaxed if I have this quiet time before plunging into my job. My boss and I spend the first few minutes of each day talking about our daily goals and plans for the day and often I'll keep knitting through that meeting.

I also - on rare occasion - will declare I need a stress break and sit and knit for a row or two when I'm feeling overwhelmed.

Grace
Jenny B. Posted - 01/27/2008 : 08:35:02 AM
Being an ASL Interpreter, it would hard to knit at work! However, I recently brought knitting to a 3-day workshop where we weren't signing much. The second day, another lady brought her crochet! It's a great way to keep me in my seat and paying attention. Otherwise, I'd day dream I think.

Jenny B.
tink_r_bell Posted - 01/25/2008 : 3:20:17 PM
I bring my knitting to work, generally socks or mittens or maybe parts of a purse. I used knitting as a demo/symbol of systems thinking, when a stitch is dropped or a row off a needle, the whole system can unravel, leaving the system broken.

I work for a school district IT and lots of teachers, principals, administrators make a point of bringing their laptops in (mostly Macs) and hooking into our wireless network. I figured that if they could surf, check email and buy stuff on eBay during meetings i could knit. How wrong I was! Now I bring my iPaq and surf or play freecell or solitaire - and not a word is spoken. I paid better attention when I knitted!

I knit at lunch with a friend, and I am trying to decide if I am coordinated enough to knit and walk when we do our laps!

Steph ;-}

To err is human, just try not to over do it.
MindyO Posted - 01/22/2008 : 11:12:14 AM
I work customer service (phone in) so when I work Saturdays (my 8hr day, usually work 5) which are usually a bit slower I do bring a project and knit between calls, or when not typing. I rarely get more than a row or two done, but it keeps from fidgeting so much.
micamynx Posted - 01/22/2008 : 09:28:23 AM
I am a lawyer & often take my knitting to court. When I have a break between cases or am waiting for a hearing to start, I knit. I get teased a bunch, but like others who have responded, knitting needles seem intimidating to people who don't knit. Especially male lawyers, I have found!
knit-against-the-machine Posted - 01/12/2008 : 10:10:52 PM
I knit at lunch too. I close my office door, put a CD into my desktop computer, and delve into another world as I knit and listen to music for 45 minutes.

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PBELKNAP Posted - 08/14/2007 : 06:36:36 AM
I really should bring in my knitting or crocheting to do over lunch...I'm sure no one would care.

I have snuck it in for quarter ends, when I'm just sitting around waiting for jobs to run on the weekend. The funniest was the time I brought in a sweater that I was knitting as a Christmas present. I used the big manager's table in the boss' cube to lay it out and measure...

PAM

WIP = Branches and Bobbles Afghan, Raglan Sweater, Vertical Rib Sweater (crocheted)

Completed this year = Knitted Baby Blanket (Estonian Lullaby), Knitted Charity Squares, Top-Down Sweater, Project Linus Baby Blanket (2), Summer Top, Scrap Sweater, Socks (2 pair), 63 Cable Squares Afghan, Winter Hat

If I could only do this for a living...
ShannonM Posted - 08/14/2007 : 05:54:41 AM
I have to read a lot at work and knitting saves my sanity. I keep something simple like a plain sock or something in garter stitch that I don't have to pay attention to and it makes the boring parts more bearable. I don't think anyone would mind, but I don't think anyone's ever noticed. I have an office far away from the main part, with a door I keep shut to avoid noise. Lucky me.

Shannon
knitting_wounded Posted - 08/13/2007 : 10:22:11 PM
The only time I get to knit "at work" is when I take a conference call at home. It may not count since I'm not on the clock, but it is very satisfying to actually get something done during these (generally) useless calls.

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busygirl Posted - 08/13/2007 : 5:14:21 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Linnet

I probably could knit here, but I'm a contract employee, and that might raise unpleasant thoughts in their heads about how much they are paying me an hour. So I only knit on my breaks. Today, since I forgot my lunch, I chose a restaurant based on how much knitting I could get done while waiting! [:00] (1 inch on the sock.)

At my last job they weren't particular about what I did while I was waiting for work, so I would knit at my desk occasionally. I almost always knit through staff meetings, since it was the only way I could stay awake.




Hi Linnet,

I work as a temp,which I suppose is very similar to being a contract employee,so I also have to be very careful when it comes to knitting at work.I did have one temp assignment which lasted for 18 months,so it felt like a permanent job,but what I really enjoyed about it,was having my own office,so I was able to knit during my breaks.
Lately I have been doing mainly reception work,so knitting is a no-no,but at least I am able to log on here,which saves my sanity!

Leslie



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knitwitch39 Posted - 08/13/2007 : 4:27:08 PM
I'm lucky, I guess. I_have_to be at work 10 hours a day 5 days a week but the work only takes a small portion of that time to do...so as long as I get my work done each day, my boss doesn't care if I spend the rest of the time knitting---or reading.

Yvonne

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Linnet Posted - 08/13/2007 : 2:11:30 PM
I probably could knit here, but I'm a contract employee, and that might raise unpleasant thoughts in their heads about how much they are paying me an hour. So I only knit on my breaks. Today, since I forgot my lunch, I chose a restaurant based on how much knitting I could get done while waiting! [:00] (1 inch on the sock.)

At my last job they weren't particular about what I did while I was waiting for work, so I would knit at my desk occasionally. I almost always knit through staff meetings, since it was the only way I could stay awake.
gdziengel Posted - 08/13/2007 : 1:25:22 PM
I will sneak knitting in when I'm on a long conference call. Everyone in my office understands I pay attention better when I knit and the people over the phone don't have to know I'm knitting. I just got to knit myself through an hour long power outage. I'm glad I had my sock along.
gulf knitter Posted - 08/13/2007 : 10:42:59 AM
I don't routinely knit at work, but I always have a pair of socks in progress in my bag just in case... Sarah.
crzyboutyarn Posted - 08/12/2007 : 11:34:49 AM
I knit at my lunch only, I dont have a door to close, I am on my feet all day :-(

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Sue the nomad Posted - 08/12/2007 : 11:08:41 AM
I too take my knitting to work and get on with it during breaks and lunch - I'd love to have the opportunity to knit at my desk too - but even websites like this one are banned by our IT department. As I work mainly with men they get on with the jokes and puzzled looks; some of the women admit to knitting but more in secret; but it's always a conversation opener. I take a project in my handbag wherever I go - it's even led to me being 'commissioned' to finish a child's jacket by a restaurant owner in return for free food - now that one I liked. Today I went out for coffee and cake - and didn't take knitting with me - I ended up having more to eat - so you could say knitting helps me diet as well!
LJ Posted - 01/14/2007 : 09:46:06 AM
When I worked at BigBank I would knit during conference calls. And with there being so many, it could add up to about 4 hours a day.

Now I work at a LYS....and now I HAVE NO TIME to knit...we're too busy!

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chellethinques Posted - 01/13/2007 : 6:16:21 PM
I substitute teach here and there, and frequently find that the lesson plan is a video and I can knit as long as the kids are watching quietly. I sit with them, knit, and toss out things they should take down in notes, etc. The other day I was in a junior high science class and we were watching a Bill Nye clip. Two boys were whispering, and I clearly heard one say, "Do it now while she's knitting!" They were pretty freaked out when I continued knitting by feel and gave them a looooooooong Teacher Look. A lot of kids ask me to teach them during free periods!
Schachkoenigin Posted - 01/13/2007 : 5:56:19 PM
The only work I do is babysitting, so I can't really knit while babysitting, but when I have to put the kids to bed, I bring my knitting to do after they're in bed.
I was once babysitting, though, and the little girl I was babysitting asked me if I would knit so she could watch. I think it's because I knitted her a sweater for Christmas and she wanted to see how it was done.

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