I understand too, I learned how to knit this summer and was practicing with some hideous yarn and...well...I *was* just beginning so it looked quite shabby. The first week when everyone saw it they were like, "ummm...hummmph hope that takes you places." or "wow, that's neat (super sarcasm inserted here)" After my first scarf, everyone wants a scarf. I've not knitted myself something since that first test rectangle. I've finished 4 scarves and started an additional 4(heaven's knows when those'll be done) I'm not too disgruntled because the people who are receiving them know the work that goes into them mainly, but it's the 'outsiders' that get to me.
Folks that don't know what it takes, the hours, my aching joints and say to me "Hey hows about a hat or something?" ARRRGH!
But...I'm not tooo upset because after my first 2 scarves (it's all I have time to learn right now; but one can get pretty far with simple knits and purls) my bestest buddy asked me to teach her, and she weeks later taught her brother and sister in law, and over thanksgiving my younger (college age) brother asked me to teach him! So it's kinda neat how my interest in knitting is being 'passed' on.
If people ask me to knit them something, I usually tell them the truth. 'I'm in the middle of a project', 'I honestly don't know how to make <insert project here> yet', 'If you want to save time I'll teach you', 'errr as soon as you get back to me with yarn...sure' (the last is great because people seem to be intimidated by yarn or something because they hardly get back with me!)
I love knitting, and enjoy the idea that others want something I've created. I just want to enjoy something all myself. How about you?
So How's about a hat?