Whenever I'm asked--do I or don't I--when and where--I usually say that the one place I don't knit in public is at staff meetings. I know I'm fully capable of knitting and paying attention. In fact, I don't even look at my hands when I knit. Nevertheless, non-knitters usually don't get it, and staff meetings are not the place to prove one's point on the matter.
Today, however, I broke that rule and happily cast-on, knitted, and cast-off a "fur" collar for my niece. Actually, I don't know who it's going to; I just knew I had to make it, particularly this morning.
The collar got me through an introduction to our new president, a talk on the self-study the school is doing for re-accreditation, a lecture on how we need to be nice to the reaccreditation people or we could all lose our jobs, the presentation of awards to outstanding part-time teachers (if they're so freaking outstanding, hire them why doncha?), a rambling talk from the chief of campus police about what to do in the case of a campus shooting (essentially--run!), a perky talk from the campus communications director on how to avoid being interviewed by CNN after said shooting, and then a series of fairly idiotic audience questions from the same adjuncts who monopolize the Q&A every single blessed year.
In tribute to all the advice being offered to me this morning, I offer you this--staff meetings where no higher ups in your department are present and where you can hide amid hundreds of coworkers are great places to knit in public.
The pattern is from Lion Brand (free registration required). The model is not my niece. She's from Lion Brand too. My collar is white.
Note to Rachel & Annie: Now imagine it in Mardi Gras colors!