Thursday, November 15, 2012

Workplace Knitting

As you know, I started a new job this past Monday.  Things are going quite well.  Maybe a little too well, as it is now Thursday and I have run out of things to do.  I have always been a bit of an “overachiever” (I am SO type A) and I tend to get things done relatively quickly, especially when doing office work.  As it stands, I have not only mastered the daily bookkeeping duties I need to do, but I have also completely cleaned out the storage room and reorganized the various filing cabinets.  Did I mention it is only day 4??  I could sweep the floor but if I do that today, what will I do tomorrow?

Bottom line is I absolutely hate being bored.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy days spent at home with nothing to do as much or more as the next gal.  But if I’m working a job, boredom is my worst enemy.  When I run out of valid things to accomplish, I get very discontented because I spend all my time thinking about what I could be doing if I weren’t stuck at the office.  Things like, oh I don’t know...knitting.  That brings me to my next question...

How terrible is it to knit at work if you have nothing else to do?

Of course I have my knitting with me.  Of course I have knitty things I need to get done (remember the ever-looming Christmas deadline?).  But how bad a person must I be to sit here and get paid for knitting when that is not what I was hired for?  Oh how I wish that was what I was hired for.  I feel guilty – not surprising since I have a very active guilt gene.  What a quandary I’m in.

Even if I did pull out my knitting, it would still feel weird.  There’s no radio to listen to.  There’s no Netflix.  The only thing I can watch is the CCTV that monitors the place where I work and believe you me, there is nothing going on worth watching there. 

So I sit here and argue with myself over whether or not I’m a decent sort or whether I am an evil, knit-obsessed monster.  But can anyone who is knit-obsessed actually be deemed any kind of monster?  I think not...

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What do you think?  Have you ever knit at work?  If so, do you still have a job?


  1. "... as much or more as ..."
    ^Your brain is already fading from underuse.

    Also. Knit. And watch CCTV.

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  2. At my old job I had an office, and I did knit at work. I always felt a pang of guilt while knitting at work, even when I had nothing else to do. But I still did it. Now I sit in a cubicle and the lack of privacy keeps me from reaching for my current wip. Even when I have nothing better to do. Instead, I draft future blog posts in my down time. If you can you absolutely should knit. You could argue that it keeps you nimble, which, in turn, makes you even better at your job :ÿ

    1. Oh, I love the argument for staying nimble! :) Wonder if it would fly with my new boss. Hmmm...

  3. Okay folks, here's a sad update: I went and swept the floor. And cleaned the bathroom. And took the trash out.

    Only two more hours to go...


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