Knitters Banned from Library Over "Dangerous Instruments" of Knitting Needles


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Knitta, please. How dare you bring "dangerous instruments" of knitting needles to a public library?

The Knit 'n' Natter, a group of knitting enthusiasts, has been meeting at a library in Cramlington, Northumberland, England, for years. But recently, the group has been banned by the county council:

Margaret Derrick, one of the group's founding members, said: "We've been told different stories and different complaints and I don't now know what to believe.

"We've been told knitting needles are dangerous instruments and against health and safety policy. We've also been told that it's because we are too noisy.

A group of noisy women with sharp sticks? It's just a matter of time before they brawl and someone loses an eye ...

The BBC has more: Link


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I agree that it's quite possible that they could be too noisy. We don't know enough about the layout of the library.

But the "healthy and safety" argument"? Utter nonsense.
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The article says they're welcome to stay if they split into smaller groups, but they refused. I don't think it's inappropriate to ask a large noisy group to split into smaller groups in a public library, where people often go for a quiet place to work or read.

If this were a group of noisy teenagers, I doubt we'd be seeing the same outrage. From the point of view of the other patrons of the library, a large noisy group is still a large noisy group regardless of their age or activities.
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