A Health and Safety official at Congleton War Memorial Hospital in Cheshire U.K declared that the knitting needles were a public danger.
A knitting basket, used by patients and visitors to knit squares and later sown into blankets, was removed from a hospital’s waiting area — as a health and safety HAZARD.
Martine de Lee, chairman of the UK Knitting and Crochet Guild, said: “If it wasn’t so sad I would laugh.
“Knitting is a wonderfully relaxing and therapeutic way of helping people and is very good for arthritis sufferers.
“This policy needs to be looked at again.”
Tory MP David Davies said: “I have tried boxing, paragliding and bungee jumping but if I want to try a real extreme danger sport I’d better pick up some knitting needles.”
Well, all I can say is that if you know of knitting needles lying around somewhere in your organisation, and if you ever had the urge to declare it a health and safety hazard – here is your excuse.