No, I didn’t stab myself. Just to get that question out of the way before we get started.
Anyway, I’d read a while ago about people knitting while walking, and I’ve been wondering about it ever since. Turns out it’s really easy if you can knit without looking at your work — having a heavier weight, non-splitting yarn helps a lot (I was using Red Heard Super Saver). I got quite a ways into the brim of a hat while walking to the store the other night:
Then I realized that “round 1” of the pattern was really “round 1 after you finish those eight rows of ribbing we buried in the paragraph about casting on”. Lesson learned: always read your pattern carefully and consider highlighting anything you know you’re going to forget.