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dancinggirl77
Warming Up

82 Posts

Posted - 08/04/2006 :  05:04:52 AM  Show Profile Send dancinggirl77 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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...

gwtreece
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USA
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Posted - 08/04/2006 :  06:23:28 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have only knitted at work during quarter end. When I worked at Apple Computer, we worked 1 Saturday every quarter end to make sure we capture every possible piece of revenue possible. We had A LOT of down time. Mostly we sat around and did nothing, so I started bringing my knitting in. At first it didn't go over to well but then I pointed out what was the difference between surfing the net, reading or knitting so they left me alone.

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mokey
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Posted - 08/04/2006 :  08:26:36 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I knit at work, usually when doing auditing or reconciliations because the search engine can be slow. I will also knit when someone takes a smoke break if I'm not in the middle of something.

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kadiddly
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Posted - 08/04/2006 :  12:01:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I knit on breaks at work, and while riding the bus down to our outdoor theater. I also knit while calling shows, depending on the complexity of the show. The only time anyone has ever really bothered me about it was when I was just starting to learn, and had my poor yarn in an outside-pull ball instead of a center-pull. My boss at the time had a great time kicking it around the green room, and down the hall to the dressing rooms! He did help wind it back up, though. I always liked him

"Alright everyone, back to your knitting..."
- Fred or George Weasley, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (movie)
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Sketcher
Gabber Extraordinaire

597 Posts

Posted - 08/04/2006 :  7:27:45 PM  Show Profile Send Sketcher a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A chance to knit at work? Impossible for moi.
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yarnyamy
Gabber Extraordinaire

562 Posts

Posted - 08/11/2006 :  8:03:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit yarnyamy's Homepage Send yarnyamy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Lunch breaks are out for me since I eat with my class, but I have snuck in a row or two while the kids are at art or music or something, if I don't have something more pressing or I've had a rough day and just need a break!

http://frottez.blogspot.com
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Medea
Chatty Knitter

334 Posts

Posted - 08/11/2006 :  8:48:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit Medea's Homepage Send Medea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We upgraded our computers recently, which made me a little sad because now they're so much faster I hardly ever get to knit while saving large files, which used to be a great chance to knit for up to 10 minutes at a time! :) Now, I only get to knit on breaks and if one of my studio appointments is late.

Jenny

I'm teaching myself to knit -- dare I call myself an "advanced beginner" now? Pictures are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jsphotos
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susiknits
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Posted - 08/30/2006 :  05:41:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit susiknits's Homepage  Send susiknits a Yahoo! Message Send susiknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I started bringing my knitting to work last spring. Once school ends, the day really starts to wind down, and I'm essentially a place holder for students wandering in to wait for rides and do a little homework. So, for me, it's sit, knit, chat and wait for 4:30.

--susi

--That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
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AuntyNin
Seriously Hooked

USA
772 Posts

Posted - 08/30/2006 :  06:19:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit AuntyNin's Homepage Send AuntyNin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Can't knit during actual work-time, alas, but when our whole team gathers around the conference table for lunch, my current sock comes with me. For some strange reason, the sight of me with four sharp pointy objects in my hands seems to intimidate the guys. They don't want to believe my cries of, "I'm harmless, really I am!"



AuntyNin

Everything happens for a reason, except possibly football. --- Terry Pratchett

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honestabby
Warming Up

85 Posts

Posted - 01/11/2007 :  12:31:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit honestabby's Homepage Send honestabby a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Teleconferencing is a good thing for this knitter. I sit at my desk and dial into a meeting and knit away. Having something to do with my hands actually helps me listen better. It would be great to have a headset, though, as my shoulders and neck get sore from supporting the handset. I also knit over lunch, and if there is not much to do, lunch stretches out quite a bit.

My blog: http://bittenbyknittin.blogspot.com
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azblueskies
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Posted - 01/11/2007 :  1:05:01 PM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I do, too, honestabby. I use the speakerphone so I don't have hold to it.

azblue
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mer4205
Chatty Knitter

USA
203 Posts

Posted - 01/11/2007 :  5:29:20 PM  Show Profile Send mer4205 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I knit at lunch - I did get some of my coworkers interested and am teaching them how to make washcloths.
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Catlover
Gabber Extraordinaire

394 Posts

Posted - 01/11/2007 :  5:49:53 PM  Show Profile Send Catlover a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We have a knitting group at work at lunchtime once a week. We have expanded it to include all kinds of needlework and we usually have a good turnout. This week we only had three because several people were out sick but that's an abnormally low number. We help each other and compare information on yarns, needles, patterns, etc. It's lots of fun.
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purlthis
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2754 Posts

Posted - 01/11/2007 :  6:28:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am an auctioneer and Realtor, so I either knit at the auction during downtimes (I rarely bidcall, generally do the checking in and out), and when showing houses, I will knit while they fight amongst themselves about whether to buy or not to buy or if they're late to the showing.

Rachel
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As I get older, I prefer to knit. Tracey Ullman
http://purledthis.blogspot.com/
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Tangerine7199
Chatty Knitter

USA
297 Posts

Posted - 01/12/2007 :  08:33:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit Tangerine7199's Homepage  Send Tangerine7199 a Yahoo! Message Send Tangerine7199 a Private Message  Reply with Quote

We have this "health room" which is essentially is a glorified closet. truly it is. HOWEVER there's a sofa in there and folks go in there to take a load off. God knows I DO! I go in there with my knitting ALL THE TIME! I wish I had the gutz to do that at my desk! this website certainly isnt helping me stay on track though!!

laura

Check out my blog: http://laurasmanycrafts.blogspot.com/ :-)
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Schachkoenigin
Chatty Knitter

166 Posts

Posted - 01/13/2007 :  5:56:19 PM  Show Profile Send Schachkoenigin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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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Others have excuses, I have my reasons why...
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chellethinques
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1431 Posts

Posted - 01/13/2007 :  6:16:21 PM  Show Profile Send chellethinques a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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!
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LJ
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USA
1939 Posts

Posted - 01/14/2007 :  09:46:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit LJ's Homepage Send LJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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!

http://wallisknits.blogspot.com
http://www.eweknitkits.com
http://tkgv.blogspot.com
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Sue the nomad
New Pal

16 Posts

Posted - 08/12/2007 :  11:08:41 AM  Show Profile Send Sue the nomad a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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!
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crzyboutyarn
Seriously Hooked

USA
792 Posts

Posted - 08/12/2007 :  11:34:49 AM  Show Profile  Visit crzyboutyarn's Homepage Send crzyboutyarn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I knit at my lunch only, I dont have a door to close, I am on my feet all day :-(

~Courtney
A Full Stash is a Happy Stash!!

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gulf knitter
Seriously Hooked

USA
737 Posts

Posted - 08/13/2007 :  10:42:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit gulf knitter's Homepage Send gulf knitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't routinely knit at work, but I always have a pair of socks in progress in my bag just in case... Sarah.
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