When I was a little kid, pre school, I used to be dragged off by mother to the shops from time to time.
One of her regular stops would be a knitting shop, which was bulging to the seams with brightly coloured yarns and a vast array of fearsome knitting needles.
Now at this stage, I guess you think that I am going to engage in some misty eyed self indulgent reminiscences about my childhood and the simple pleasure that I took in looking at the colours of the yarns etc.
I found the whole experience totally tedious, and wished only instead to be at home watching Top Cat.
Anyhoo, tempus fugit, now the knitting shop is long since closed (although I can still watch Top Cat on Cartoon Network) and my mother can only buy her knitting needles from charity shops these days.
At least that was the case until Nanny, not much of a knitter (more of a nit...Ha!Ha!), came along and stuck her hooter (for the benefit of my American audience hooter=nose not booby) into it.
It seems that Nanny has decreed that knitting needles are in fact dangerous, and has therefore placed them on a list of proscribed products that cannot be sold at charity shops.
This was highlighted on Radio 4's You and Yours last year and is still happening, that is at least according to one of my trusted sources.
If you want knitting needles, you have to find an assistant and ask if they have any for sale "on the sly", much like you would buy beef on the bone a few years ago (which I did regularly during the mad cow scare).
Other proscribed items include; gas appliances, oil heaters, riding hats, glasses, ear rings etc
I normally don't bother putting links in, but the report is a hoot so here it is knitting needles ban.
We truly live in a very odd country indeed!