You can't make this stuff up: a woman in India had three needles removed from her heart during a routine procedure. She didn't know how they got there.
Some misguided Scottish legislators want to require knitters to have a "knife license" because they fear they can be used as weapons.
Is it bad manners to knit during an evening out with friends? Of course not. Maybe the other party-goers didn't understand how much BETTER your attention can be when your hands are busy. Otherwise, being the only fairly sober person in a party can be downright boring.
In 2008, Grandmothers for Peace embraced the stereotype of knitting and staged a war protest by knitting in public. In contrast to World War II-era knitting for the troops, these impassioned grannies knitted to bring the troops home. Politics aside, it's fascinating the way knitting has long symbolized "back home" support of our troops. Though not so much in this case.
The knitting life isn't an easy one. But it sure is interesting.