Knitting is dangerous

A three-year-old boy in Bahrain required drastic surgery (that would be cutting open his skull) to remove a knitting needle impaled through the roof of his mouth. But he was lucky, and doesn’t seem to have suffered any ill effects.

I am cringing.

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11 Responses to Knitting is dangerous

  1. evanstheknit says:

    I am glad you blog. Just stumbled on you and it’s making me so happy. I have had a splendifirous time reading your Alice Chronicles et al. Thank you for putting in the level of effort required to produce such proper and essential detail. Well done, you.

  2. phoenix says:

    I think about the possibility that this could happen much more than I should. One of my middle school friends had family services come to her house to investigate allegations of abuse because her little sister had impaled herself on the mother’s knitting needles twice and they suspected abuse. The injuries weren’t life threatening, but they weren’t pretty. Those of us who knew the family realized how easily this could happen as the knitting basket was located at the base of the stairs (which had no railing) and given that we were kind of spazzy at that age and the little sister was the most spastic, it was an accident waiting to happen.

    These days I don’t run up and down rail-less stairs with impunity, and I don’t keep my knitting needles loose at the bottom of the stairs. I do have a clueless chihuahua and I have a great fear of a newspaper item that shows me all bandaged having tripped over my dog onto my knitting needles and trying to explain the situation and having people shake their heads in disbelief like they did with Paula Abdul and figuring I must have been loaded. I’m a bit paranoid about where I put my needles.

    That poor kid.

  3. Katherine says:

    Ouch! My son poked his eye with a very sharp pencil when he was 6. He managed to go into the socket through the skin under his eye and not pierce his eyeball.

    What can I say? Kids!

    I also once sat on a sock on size 00 needles–at least one went in. No ill effects.

  4. Annie says:

    Considering my mind of late, it’s a wonder I haven’t had a dpn surgically removed from my ass. Probably because I lose them so fast I almost never have enough to actually knit with.

    Poor kid, I’m glad he’ll be ok!

  5. Alicia says:

    Ugh. I switched to circulars when my son was 3, and I haven’t gone back. Not foolproof, but considering that all my chopsticks have been turned into magic wands I think it was the right choice.

  6. j. says:

    Ack! No! I didn’t see the pencil one. I am happy that technology has advanced to the point that surgery presented a manageable risk, but… aargh! I must go and hide all implements that may possibly impale somebody, now.

    Also, I am now thinking about Homer Simpson and the crayon.

  7. June says:

    Did you see http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6933721.stm ?

    When I was a kid, Mom always warned me to never run through the house with chopsticks in my mouth.

  8. ceestar says:

    *shudders in third-hand horror*

    Oh my, that’s horrid

  9. Pam from CT says:

    I stabbed myself with a metal DPN at Tanglewood this summer; don’t ask me how it happened. I only had 1 glass of wine and it was still light out!

  10. Megan E says:

    A world of “Ouch!”

  11. Wannietta says:

    I saw that too (Do you get Google Alerts for “knitting” too?) – now mothers everywhere will be saying “Don’t run with my needles”!