My Saturday schedule:
10:00-11:00: music lessons
Fours solid hours of sitting and waiting/watching. What in the world do parents do if they don't knit? You can't really read a book, because you do have to watch your kid and be ready to clap and cheer (lots of cheering). Ditto for handheld video games and phones, if your inclinations lean that way. I suppose you could sit and make small talk with the other parents, but four hours worth? Every week?
Under other circumstances (that is to say, if I didn't knit), my natural impatience would make it virtually impossible for me to sit still that long, and certainly to do so with good grace. But with a knitting project handy, I'm not only able to sit and wait, but happy to do so. I've knitted my way through school field trips, PTA meetings, doctors' appointments, kids' movies, car trips (when I'm not driving, of course), and any number of games, matches, and practices of various sorts. The only places I don't knit, because I think it would be rude, are at live performances of any sort, including kids' recitals and plays, weddings, funerals, religious services, and at the table. Pretty much everything else is fair game, as far as I'm concerned.
What about you? Do you knit in public, and if so, what are your favorite places or events? Are there times or places you won't knit? Is there anywhere you consider it inappropriate or rude to knit? Where is the strangest place you've ever knitted? Feel free to leave lengthy comments, if you're inspired. I'll bet there are some interesting stories out there!