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(Some Guy)   Inmates knit for the needy. Knitted items include hats, sweaters, and long knitted ropes in case the needy need to, say, scale a wall   ( ledger-enquirer.com) divider line
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2006-11-27 11:14:03 PM  
Inamtes are full of stupid knitters
 
2006-11-28 02:30:46 AM  
^--- What you say?
 
2006-11-28 02:33:47 AM  
third?
 
2006-11-28 02:51:04 AM  
why not execute all of the inmates and give the money used to support their criminal asses to the needy?
 
2006-11-28 02:56:40 AM  
This is an admirable effort. My one concern is that knitting needles are typically long and pointy. Lots of women were forced to surrender their knitting needles at airport check-ins, for fear that they could be used as weapons.

Well ... ?
 
2006-11-28 03:03:51 AM  
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2006-11-28 03:09:10 AM  
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John Spartan was unavailable for comment...
 
2006-11-28 03:11:56 AM  
Actually, Fern Crest, we're only required to surrender single point kitting needles before getting on airlines. Double pointed and circular knitting needles are just fine, even though they seem the more dangerous of the knitting tool family.

/my friend made a circular knitting needle set with piano wire for giggles once
//he also got it through airport security several times, they've never called him on it
///why they let a GUY go through airport security with knitting needles in his bag is beyond me
 
2006-11-28 03:22:52 AM  
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Might I suggest a scarf? You can't go wrong with a good scarf.
 
2006-11-28 03:27:13 AM  
I think this is wonderful. Knitting is very soothing. The click-click of the needles and repetition of motion is almost like meditating. These guys get a warm fuzzy from creating something AND giving it to someone who is needy.


/yeah, I knit.
//Wanna make something of it?
 
2006-11-28 04:08:51 AM  
But as a JUROR who may send these guys to prison in the first place, I'm not allowed to bring knitting needles of ANY kind into the courthouse. Nor am I allowed to bring my small steel crochet hooks for the lace projects I prefer lately. Nor my BLUNT tipped small dog grooming scissors that I was going to use for cutting thread/yarn.

The only projects I've been allowed to bring in for sitting on my ass all day is larger yarn projects with relatively big crochet hooks. While now I have an acceptable saftey cutter, more than once I've ended up cutting yarn with my Bic lighter, LOL.

But for these guys, assuming they don't hurt themselves or each other with the tools. As Jenniturd says above, it's quite meditative and zen in a lot of ways. It will be good for them in the long run. There's no shortage of charities that need knitted/crocheted goods, especially maternity hospitals and homeless shelters. Even animal shelters!

I used to single handedly supply a large county hospital with preemie outfits, which often was their burial clothes, especially among illegals who didn't get decent prenatal care. Those illegals may be illegal, but they mourn their kids just as hard as anyone else :(

/Then there's always the irish tradition of male knitters for those georgous fishermen's sweaters...
 
2006-11-28 04:32:43 AM  
Oznog
Might I suggest a scarf? You can't go wrong with a good scarf.

My boyfriend is always asking me to make him a Baker Scarf. I wish I were joking.
 
2006-11-28 04:43:07 AM  
kibblesnbits: But as a JUROR who may send these guys to prison in the first place, I'm not allowed to bring knitting needles of ANY kind into the courthouse.

Don't they make plastic ones? Or I guess the reason you did "ANY" as all caps was they don't even allow plastic?

But they let you have a lighter... someone could burn the place down. Or ignite their shoe bomb.
 
2006-11-28 05:22:57 AM  
Flux Capacitor:

My boyfriend is always asking me to make him a Baker Scarf. I wish I were joking.

Hmmm, knitting something big for your SO seems to be considered a no-no in the knitting world, but since it's only a scarf you should be safe from the Boyfriend Sweater Curse.
 
2006-11-28 05:55:51 AM  
danny_kay

I had no idea! I only have a few friends that knit. That's certainly something to keep in mind. :)
 
2006-11-28 06:00:07 AM  
Glad to be of service...

Now that you've discovered knitty.com you've got a whole lot of friends who knit ;-)

Knitty is one of my fave sites. They have a lot of really creative, non-run-of-the-mill patterns.

And for this thread (lonely knitting men), this pattern has to be mentioned. Maybe it inspires them...
 
2006-11-28 06:16:59 AM  
Oznog, most plastic knitting needles are cheap and awful, with molding ridges, horrible to work with at speed. There are good plastic ones out there that are very close to metal, so they may not pass. Most decent ones are of aluminum or wood. I personally like the ones with a powder-coat type finish.

So I avoid the whole thing by just bringing projects that use a larger crochet hook, which is a lot duller point. I usually prefer crochet anyway.

What I don't get is they don't allow knitting needles, but they allow ball point pens which usually have a lot sharper point! Hmmm, I think next time I'll try to make some dead stick pens into some kind of circular needle, and see what they do with that. It will probably be awful for knitting well, but that could be a very interesting experiment as long as I get there early, hehehe.
 
2006-11-28 06:32:42 AM  
That uterus is too neat for words. It reminds me of the knitted digestive tract.

And for all of the male farkers who think knitting is lame, I present the penis cozy.

/I wonder how many of your grandmothers are knitting those...
 
2006-11-28 06:50:51 AM  
If everyone in the world knitted the world would be a better place.
/knitter
 
2006-11-28 06:55:12 AM  
Since knitters are coming out of the woodwork now, may I humbly throw out one of the funniest knitted hats evah:

http://knitorious.typepad.com/photos/cold_turkey_chicken_vikin/vhat1jp​g.html
 
2006-11-28 07:51:48 AM  
I see your digestive tract and your chicken hat and raise you one Giant Squid Hat!

Unfortunately the site with the pattern is gone...
 
2006-11-28 07:56:09 AM  
Read that as Inmates kill for the needy.

/would have been quite interesting
 
2006-11-28 08:19:51 AM  
danny_kay

Wow, thanks for the site recommend! I recently started knitting again after having given it up around age 12, and I'm always on the look out for fun patterns and ideas!
 
2006-11-28 08:45:43 AM  
dragongirlkw

Originally I'm really into crochet, but that farked up my wrists... So I tried my hand at bobbing lace, which is a lot of fun, and now I knit a lot.

At the moment I'm working on Bobblicious.

The advantage of crochet and knitting over bobbin lace is that I can carry my current UFO (UnFinished Object) with me. But making bobbin lace is very meditative
 
2006-11-28 08:47:02 AM  
*bobbin*, not bobbing lace, of course
 
2006-11-28 09:27:24 AM  
kibbles: You are joking, right? Tell me you aren't knitting while performing jury duty? Do you just automatically vote guilty, or do you manage to catch a few snippets of the arguments in between making booties and hats?
 
2006-11-28 09:32:51 AM  
Flux Capacitor: Apparently when my boyfriend was around 15, his grandmother decided to knit a pot-holder for him. Not your standard pot-holder, though, but rather a tube that is meant to slip over the handle of your pot. My boyfriends response upon opening it was "What is this, a penis cozy?!"

He's jokingly asked for another one for Christmas...Little does he know...

/also a knitter
 
2006-11-28 09:36:43 AM  
SmarmBeast: A lot of us knitters can really multitask if the project isn't particularly complex. Plenty of knitters do it while watching movies. Personally, I know that I can't give 100% of my attention to something else while I'm knitting, so I would never knit while actively on jury duty...but I'm imagining there's a lot of down time, where you're just waiting for the trial to actually happen, and in that case, what's the problem with knitting?
 
2006-11-28 09:38:08 AM  
SmarmBeast:
kibbles: You are joking, right? Tell me you aren't knitting while performing jury duty? Do you just automatically vote guilty, or do you manage to catch a few snippets of the arguments in between making booties and hats?

Most knitters can multi-task well enough to hold a conversation while knitting or watch tv. And I imagine jury duty to be a lot like watching tv.
If knitting keeps you occupied to a point where you can't concentrate on something else... you're doing it wrong.
 
2006-11-28 09:49:09 AM  
Actually, in highschool some teachers allowed is to knit or crochet in their classes, and knitting was pretty common in lectures at the U.
 
2006-11-28 09:50:08 AM  
allowed is = allowed us

/preview is my friend
// if I actually *view* it *pre*-post
 
2006-11-28 09:55:51 AM  
Well isn't that sweet, the local prison made the AP and thus Fark. Only in Utah would Knitting, Mormons, and Prison make the same article. Not the way I'd like Logan to make the news, but it beats a school shooting!

Any other farkers from northern Utah?
 
2006-11-28 10:42:29 AM  
danny_kay: And for this thread (lonely knitting men), this pattern has to be mentioned. Maybe it inspires them...

The BabySilk model with the cold-weather sweater on that page inspires me, too.
 
2006-11-28 10:47:36 AM  
theorellior

I think that browsing this site might inspire many a man to pick up his needle(s)...
 
2006-11-28 11:18:09 AM  
SmarmBeast
kibbles: You are joking, right? Tell me you aren't knitting while performing jury duty? Do you just automatically vote guilty, or do you manage to catch a few snippets of the arguments in between making booties and hats?


I have such a strong auto pilot with crochet, I can actually crochet and read at the same time. But no I'm not doing it while actually in the jury box, they're not so stupid to allow any of that in the courtrooms.

But until earlier this year when they instituted a more sensible system, the deal was that you usually sit all day in a big room with at least a 100 or 150 other people waiting on panels being called. Then every so often they call your nam and maybe 25 or 30 of you go sit in the courtroom for an hour or few while they select jury from the panel. They don't let us knit/crochet in there either. Then if you're not one of the people selected, usually because they didn't get to you before finding what they needed, back you go into the jury room. Rinse, repeat for 10 days. I've done the entire 10 days more than once without getting on a jury at all. Rest of the time mostly spent in the jury room. Lotsa yarn time, that's for sure!
 
2006-11-28 12:44:58 PM  
SmarmBeast
kibbles: You are joking, right? Tell me you aren't knitting while performing jury duty? Do you just automatically vote guilty, or do you manage to catch a few snippets of the arguments in between making booties and hats?

My wife can knit while doing just about anything that doesn't require two hands to do. Watching TV, she can knit without even looking down to see what she's doing, and she can have entire conversations that end with her producing a sock. :)
 
2006-11-28 01:00:00 PM  
I knitted a penis cosy once...

/made it a bit too big
//joke didn't go over too well at that point
 
2006-11-28 01:00:20 PM  
I just read a really nice article on Fark.

/wonders never cease
 
2006-11-28 03:07:56 PM  
I knitted a penis cosy once...

/made it a bit too big
//joke didn't go over too well at that point

You mean you didn't take measurements and check your gauge?
Haha--that may be the ultimate Boyfriend Curse!
 
2006-11-29 09:13:51 AM  
danny_kay: Hmmm, knitting something big for your SO seems to be considered a no-no in the knitting world, but since it's only a scarf you should be safe from the Boyfriend Sweater Curse.

Gahh ... worlds ... colliding ...

/see profile photo
 
2006-11-29 11:03:23 AM  
Flux capacitor

From the link:
if you do so decide to use this for sex, I am not responsible for yarn burn.

heh.
 
2006-11-29 09:47:03 PM  
CitizenjaQ

"Gahh ... worlds ... colliding ..."

Colliding, you say?

/never, ever knitting for anyone ever. Ever.
 
2006-11-29 10:21:16 PM  
Megsabelle
/never, ever knitting for anyone ever. Ever.

I just knit a thingiething for CitizenjaQ's cat.

Worlds colliding indeed!
 
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