Are there times when you shouldn’t knit?

I can very happily knit in the dark, which can be awfully handy during long winter car trips. However one place I hear other knitters talk about knitting in the dark is at the cinema. But for me knitting in the cinema is a step too far.

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Personally I could quite happily pay full attention to a film while I knitted. But if I had paid to see a film – and let’s face it cinema entry isn’t cheap – and there was a constant movement – however small – in my periphery vision, it would drive me into a state akin to road rage. I know may people wouldn’t notice, but I do see knitting in the cinema as potential very anti social.

What do you think? Do you knit in the cinema? Would someone else knitting in the cinema spoil your enjoyment?

62 thoughts on “Are there times when you shouldn’t knit?

  1. This one caught me by surprise!! Why would anyone knit in the cinema? Like you, I would find it exceedingly irritating but then I do get distracted very easily these days! People don’t really do this do they?!!!

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  2. Going to the movies is not something in my budget these days – and when I did go to the movies this was not something I ever came across. If I am watching a movie at home and it is a good movie I usually put my handwork down …….. 🙂 I really can’t imagine anyone knitting while watching a movie they have paid to see ………… I look forward to coming back to see what your other readers have to say. 🙂

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  3. I don’t go to the cinema, but yes, I can see it being annoying. I was wondering the other day actually about whether I was being rude or not crocheting while chatting to a friend. I had her round for coffee, she does crochet but hadn’t brought any with her, I crocheted while we chatted! It was easy crochet so I didn’t have to concentrate on it and I stopped if the conversation needed more attention but it has niggled me since. What would you have done? x

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  4. We have a fab art deco cinema which has been refurbished beautifully – and it is only £2.50 midweek to see current films!

    I am not sure if someone knitting would put me off the film any more than people munching sweets and coughing does – it is all part of the shared experience. However, I think if I sat next to someone knitting I would certainly be in awe of their talent and thrilled that they are expressing their creativity.

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  5. I went to the cinema yesterday and it was lovely to watch a film from beginning to end without counting! I wouldn’t knit out of my home. Your question in the title was times you shouldn’t knit, and my answer before I read the post was weddings and funerals!

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    1. lol! I’ve threatened my kids and niece and nephew that if they have kids, by the time they get married I’ll be old enough to get away with knitting at their weddings 😉 And now you mention it, how marvellous would it be to make your last wish that every has to knit at your funeral? 🙂

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  6. I think it would irritate me to ‘see’ someone knitting in a cinema, as you say, the slightest noise or movement is distracting when watching a film – and it’s not cheap to watch a film nowadays!

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  7. I don’t knit in the cinema, but when watching movies at home I do.
    I know a group in Cape Town that regularly “book” a very small cinema, sell tickets to knitters to come to the cinema and knit all while watching the movie. The lights then does not get dimmed all the way down so they can all watch the movie, knit and be social together. 🙂

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      1. lol. I think the pubs around here are just to loud and vibrant. 🙂 To much sport supporting and not enough knitting. We are a bit of a sporting crazy lot. 🙂
        We love to knit, but we also love to cheer and support our teams.

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      1. Thanks Bekki!!
        LOL…must admit I do need a pair of specs myself these days when doing close work. Talking of those toothpick knits, you’ve just reminded me I did a batch ready to make some more collage pics, then ‘tidied them away when we had guests!! Hmmm, might go and see if I can find them right now 😉

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  8. I couldn’t do it in the dark but I’ve read of others who do it all the time! Love the idea of going to a dedicated screening where the lights are not so dimmed and you could knit/crochet all the way through. What a hoot!

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  9. Oh, seems I’m in the minority! I have been known to do some easy knitting at the cinema but I think it depends on circumstances. I went to an author talk recently and took along some perfect easy knitting but people sat directly beside me so I felt like I had to put it away (most perturbed I was!) I’d certainly find it less irritating than the chatting/rustling/phone usage I usually have to put up with

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  10. No, I would never dream of knitting in a cinema. It would drive me batty if anyone near to me was doing it, and I wouldn’t wish to be the one inflicting that on others. I also agree with you that in a cinema, I like to give full attention to the film. At home, I can do both quite happily, but I’m not as bright-eyed in the dark as you probably are, Bekki. It’s an age thing.

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  11. I’m happy to knit on the train, or in a cafe when out. I’m very visual with my knitting and I look at it a lot, which is why I listen to audio books a lot. So the dark would be rubbish for me. I don’t knit in the car because I get motion sickness! I’ve bee PM known to knit in the doctor’s waiting room. Places I wouldn’t that I know people do: conferences & meetings. I need to concentrate and it wouldn’t help me concentrate if I had my knitting as I think it would distract me.

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  12. hmm, when my mom knitted, I was entranced, so it would most likely be a distraction to have that activity close to me in a theater. Now, if I was the one knitting in the theater (assuming of course, that I could knit), they would have to turn on all the lights, so I daresay that would be a slight hindrance to the other movie-goers. 😉

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  13. Such interesting and varied responses Bekki……… Something that clicked for me while reading through them is that kinaesthetic learners benefit from having something to do with their hands while taking in verbal and visual information. Handwork is an excellent way of keeping the brain fully engaged in the interaction between people. Those of us who put our knitting down when the movie gets exciting are only partially kinaesthetic – those who keep going are just as engaged in the story line.

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    1. Thank you, I didn’t know that. I just thought they learned the thing that were doing with their hands better if they engaged physically with it. That’s really interesting and has some potentially great uses in education. Are there educational institutions that exploit this?

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      1. Yes, I think most alternative educations actively use learning modalities and I’m sure the state sector has also picked it up. Learning modes were part of my training as a Waldorf teacher in the early 80’s and huge strides forward were made in understanding during my career …….

        I also used it as a tool for self understanding when I worked as a life guide.

        You are correct in your understanding – but it is more complex than that.

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      2. oh yes, I know about modalities and that they use them in education – I think I read you comment wrong. I thought you were saying that if you knitted while learning say Chemistry, you’d learn the Chemistry better – but that’s not what you meant.

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  14. I fidget a LOT when I’m not doing something, so my Hubby and friends would rather I knit in the movie theatre. Knitting is FAR LESS distracting than me tapping my foot or vibrating the chairs, or playing with the ice in the cup. (Half the time I don’t even realize I’m doing it until it starts to annoy ME.)

    Plus- I try to slow my knitting movements, so the metal needles don’t click against each other. And it helps me focus on the movie.

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    1. Hello Talya. Thanks for sharing your take on this. It’s interesting to hear how different we all are. Your thoughts have also sewn the
      seed for a dastardly plan – I can knit in the cinema and if I get told off, I’ll fidget until I get told to pick my knitting back up 😉

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  15. Hm, is this the reason knitters are surprised to be told off for knitting at the cinema? I’d never thought of that. I’ve never knitted whilst watching a paid-for film, not have I ever witnessed it, so I can’t tell if it would annoy me. But what does, however? People checking their mobiles – those lights going off when it’s dark just gets to me!

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      1. Argh, that too! The other day I went to the theatre and was asked if I wanted to get a bag of crisps – I was shocked. I immediately said I would never forgive myself for making crunching noises during performance…

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