Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Crafty, Being

Librarians should try to carve out part of their library work days for knitting, crocheting, and needlework. Appropriate occasions for doing crafts include your reference desk shifts, staff meetings, and professional development workshops. If these subtle cries for help don’t work, try broadcasting your sexual frustration by starting one of those “I’m a knitting librarian” blogs.

29 comments:

Alison said...

Hey! I'm a knitting librarian but also young and stylish! Do I get a pass? I only knit while at home watching film adaptations of Jane Austen's work. (Hm, maybe that didn't help my case . . . )

Anonymous said...

Watch out for us! We do carry sharp, pointy sticks and know how to use them. LOL

Sarah W said...

I crochet in my library science class it helps me focus and not fall asleep. It is a strange combo of technology, because I periodically have to shout out "hit the mike" so I can make a comment.

Kim said...
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Kim said...

this place has lots of mad ideas for Dr Who craft. My inner nerd just loves this site. Some of the community got into trouble recently for copyright breaches with BBC

http://community.livejournal.com/crafty_tardis/

See http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3949935.ece about the controversy. A couple of my colleagues crotcheted Dalek's. I am not crafty myself but do appreciate "folk" art :o)

Great blog by the way one of my favourites

Anonymous said...

It's either take the frustration of stupid people on the yarn or take it out on the people.

I've only taking knitting to a staff meeting once but it did help me not get quite so frustrated with the boss.

Kate said...

sigh... i cross-stitch on my breaks. and i'm 23.

Anonymous said...

I only knit on my breaks or outside of the library. I don't think I'd be allowed to do it during work/professional time and have never tried. Not that it hasn't crossed my mind. ;)

Molly said...

If I don't knit (spin, crochet, or do needlepoint - triple threat, watch out!), I would take it out all my frustrations on my coworkers. Someone might get injured, or worse. No one wants an angry cataloger, believe you me.

(Hello, J!)

Lindsey said...

I suppose it would be a better use of one's sexual frustration to write snarky blog posts about life as a librarian.

Casey said...

I was JUST talking about this the other day and how it's one of my biggest pet peeves. To me, it's just rude. When I went to see Mike Gravel speak at a tiny town hall meeting, a couple of ladies were crocheting in front of him and I found it extremely disrespectful. It's like if I took out my cell and texted all through the discussion.

UGH!

Kevin Musgrove said...

Our librarians aren't allowed sharp objects.

Anonymous said...

In college I used to knit during classes. It kept me focused. One of my profs said he knew he said something important when he heard the knitting needles go down on the desk and he saw me pick up my pen. I aced his class...just saying.

teabird said...

I've seen directors knit through board meetings - so I can, too!

Anonymous said...

Blogger Lindsey said...

I suppose it would be a better use of one's sexual frustration to write snarky blog posts about life as a librarian.

2:20 PM

Dour, table for one

Elaine said...

sounds a bit cheeky :) Its all fun and games until someones gets poked with a knitting needle. www.primetuning.com.au
Elaine Croker

Anonymous said...

Ha Ha Ha Ha we have an OC (see previous blog)knitter/crochet/tatting nut and I swear if she doesn't get laid soon I will tattoo her forehead with her needles. She even wears what she makes!

Lindsey said...

Anonymous said...
Blogger Lindsey said...

I suppose it would be a better use of one's sexual frustration to write snarky blog posts about life as a librarian.

2:20 PM

Dour, table for one

9:12 AM

Coward, table for one.

JK said...

Kate, I'm 22 and knit rather obsessively! Though I haven't taken the knitting to work yet. If only I could get there on public transport, I'[d be set!

Anonymous said...

WOW. In all honesty, I am sexually frustrated, I do knit, and I am a librarian (not to mention the fact that I blog). Being a librarian doesn't have much to do with any of that (men who have no idea what to do with the female body are more likely the culprit).

Thanks for thinking about us knitters (more specifically, knitting librarians) to post about on your blog! Glad to know YOU'RE sexually frustrated enough to write a blog about sexually frustrated knitting librarians! :-D

gnaed said...

I've actually never met a rude librarian. I have, however, met a lot of people who think everyone working in the library is a librarian, right down to the 16 year old pages.

I don't knit at the library, but I do knit everywhere else, including workshops. I participate more than most. Perhaps you have problems with multi-tasking? That must be very challenging for a librarian.

Anonymous said...

Ooo you knitters are a nasty bunch! Makes sense though librarians + aggression = knitting?

Anonymous said...

I am not sexually frustrated. And I don't knit. But I'm a librarian. I play hockey to vent any frustrations I might have. However, I don't think I would practice my kick saves in a meeting. That would be rude, n'est pas?

Casey said...

Yay! A fellow hockey playing librarian! Well, I'm just an assistant librarian, but still.

Lady C said...

"gnaed" will never see this because i'm so late to the topic, but "never met a rude librarian"? OMG! please, come to work with me. you will be astonished. or wait, my last job? your head would explode. i've never worked in a more hostile environment than my last job, and i used to work for a guy who hit me on the head with a newspaper.

gnaed said...

Thanks for the invitation to come work with you but no thanks. I have no real desire to change my current status quo. I like not knowing rude librarians. Besides, I think you chose to miss my point.

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