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April 02, 2006

While Driving

It's a well documented fact that nona knits while she drives, but safely -- I only knit at traffic lights.  The other day while knitting at a red light I glanced to my right and low and behold there was a guy playing the guitar -- playing the guitar while driving!  Compared to that guy, knitting in the car is nothing.  What do you do at a red light?

April 2, 2006 in Where nonaKnits | Permalink


Recently, I started doing that too at a red light ... knitting ... mainly simple small stuff ... yes! socks. Perfect for those maybe 30-second or 45-second break. ;)

Posted by: Agnes | Apr 2, 2006 10:42:25 PM

I've been known to knit while waiting in drive-thru lines.

Posted by: Christina | Apr 3, 2006 1:51:28 AM

I live in the middle of Berlin and getting behind the wheel here is not as bad as in Italy but it is a pretty scary thing. I usually wait for the light to turn green while trying to ignore the orders coming from the two little monsters behind me. ;)Nothing more!

Posted by: kimberly | Apr 3, 2006 2:07:52 AM

Knit or read. It was always reading until I started knitting. Now knitting is in the majority, unless I'm reading a book I can't put down.

A couple of months ago, at a red light, some guy on a motorcycle started screaming at me, for reading while I "drove." I was going to kill him, he said. Dude, I'm standing still. Your rage is going to get you killed, not my reading at a stoplight.

Posted by: Mel | Apr 3, 2006 4:15:16 AM

I nap.

Posted by: kim | Apr 3, 2006 7:23:50 AM

Um, wait until the light turns green?

Posted by: --Deb | Apr 3, 2006 7:36:14 AM

Uh.. there are not so many traffic lights around here and anyway I don't do anything funny. However, I saw something funny the other day during morning rush-hour. A teenager in the car next to me, almost entirely hidden by a huge hood, prepared some musli in a bowl (adding fresh milk to the cerials!). Driving beside me for a while, I could see that he tried to balance the bowl between his knees and eating while driving. I was both, impressed and scared!

Posted by: carola | Apr 3, 2006 8:09:15 AM

I read at traffic lights. I'd like to knit, but I just know that the light would turn while I'm in the middle of a needle. It's easier to put the book down and pick it up again.

Posted by: Leisel | Apr 3, 2006 8:20:21 AM

I'm ashamed to admit that I sometimes talk on the cell phone or even eat. I would like to master knitting while driving, but I hate getting caught in the middle of a row. Have you ever talked to a truck driver about this? It's my understanding that they all have unbelieveable stories about the things people do in their cars. Think about it. They sit high enough to see EVERYTHING.

Posted by: Wendy DG | Apr 3, 2006 8:55:16 AM

I DEFINITELY knit at Red Lights. Lucky for me, the signal lights here are awful and it takes forever to get anywhere in this one-horse town.

Posted by: dELIA | Apr 3, 2006 9:23:53 AM

I daydream...which can lead to some honking directed my way.

Posted by: Susan | Apr 3, 2006 11:16:51 AM

I will knit a couple rows on a sock at a red light. Just as often I'll play air drums on the steering wheel. (Embarassing, but true.)

Posted by: Kathy | Apr 3, 2006 2:55:18 PM

Count me on the 'knitting at red lights and in drive thru lines' list.

It seems like when I have my knitting with me, I never have to stop (and I WANT to), but when I don't, I'll hit every red light in town.

Posted by: Karla (ThreadBndr) | Apr 3, 2006 4:40:49 PM

I sing, sing sing sing. If we're singing in the car, the Things aren't bickering. La la la la la. If I tried to knit at lights, I'd put an eye out.

Posted by: Stefani | Apr 3, 2006 6:28:26 PM

I don't know how to drive (i grew up in the magical land of 24 hour bussing)but I have noticed that when we hit a red light I stop talking, often that is the only time I am not talking

Posted by: Jinxsa | Apr 3, 2006 6:28:55 PM

Plucking the brows Nona. Best light is daylight in the rearview mirror! Not kidding. I'm plucking.

Posted by: kathy b | Apr 3, 2006 7:31:27 PM

Wow! The Guitar!! I've been known to play the air guitar when a really really good song is on but now I only stare longingly at my knitting while at red lights.

Posted by: monica | Apr 4, 2006 7:21:11 AM

I rubberneck. Ooo, what's over there? I'd probably be watching you knit.

Posted by: Christina | Apr 4, 2006 8:33:47 PM

Over here in the UK we do nothin at traffic lights - mobile phones are banned while driving (even if the car is stationary) and a girl recently got fined for eating an apple while driving! Tsk! (Although I must admit, as i sit at the red light and look round me there appear to be a lot of men picking their noses!!)

Posted by: Elaine | Apr 5, 2006 6:23:43 AM

I'm not that daring. I use my time at red lights to change the song on my iPod or occasionally, I'll put on hand lotion.

Posted by: Courtney | Apr 8, 2006 12:01:41 PM

I cross the street: I'm and will probably ever been a walker. To gently unveil the truth, I dislike the horde of cars that pollute my air. I know this may be too political a subject in a knitter's blog, but I beg all drivers here to think twice before they use their car. Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen.
Oh, and when the walker's light is red, I can sing, read, watch people, but I don't knit. Maybe one day I'll figure how to knit while walking (I know that it is possible)

Posted by: filambulle | Apr 8, 2006 12:10:54 PM

I'm a frequent reader but rare commenter but I MUST speak up here. Doing anything but waiting for the light to change at a red light is extremely dangerous!! Are you really willing to endanger your life (and the lives of others) just to knit a few more stitches?? You're sitting behind the wheel of the deadliest weapon on earth and it demands your FULL attention!

Knitting when you are fully stopped as in a drive thru or waiting at a carpool pick up is completely different.

Seriously, could you live with yourself if you, someone you love or any other human being was hurt because you had to knit just one more row? Please think about how really foolish and dangerous this is!

Posted by: Debi | Apr 8, 2006 7:52:18 PM

A great thing about being a minor is that I can knit ALL THE TIME in the car. Mom won't knit at traffic lights. She sleeps sometimes though. Mainly at Alma and other big intersections that take FOREVER.

Posted by: callie | Apr 9, 2006 8:25:08 AM

Oh darling, I'm so glad I'm not the only one.

Posted by: Katherine | Apr 10, 2006 10:14:25 PM

I also knit...great for traffic jams.

As long as the car is stopped for a while, why not.

I see a lot of people reading, and at least when you knit you can pay attention to what's happening around you.

Posted by: Beak Knits | Apr 16, 2006 7:42:17 AM

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