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Topic: A Series of Cautionary Tales or What NOT to Do in Knitting  (Read 8722 times)
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« Reply #50 on: September 06, 2006 01:21:06 PM »

On a similar note - do not lend your Faroese-shaped lace shawl, knitted with beautiful wool brought back from Scotland by a friend, to your cousin.  Not even if she's pregnant and complaining that she's cold and has nothing that fits around her.  Why?  Because she will get dog hair on it, and kindly decide to wash and dry it in the machine for you before returning it, and it will be a horrible felted blob, and she won't appear to notice anything is wrong with it, and send it back with a note that just says thanks for the loan.  I cried.
Not even NOTICE there is anything wrong with it? How is that possible? How is that even remotely within the realm of the possible that she didn't notice that a lace shawl emerged from the laundry smaller, thicker, and shabbier than it was when she (foolishly) put it in there?? I don't get it...
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« Reply #51 on: September 06, 2006 01:45:00 PM »

Some of these stories are so sad. I decided right from the beginning not to knit for people who won't appriciate it.

I've knitted my sister a scarf, and my baby brother a hat. I'm in the process of a xmas jumper for another brother, but it's going horribly wrong. and I've knitted a dog coat for a friends pup too, and she wears it alot!

I've only knitted one thing for my boyfriend, and that was a wristband. And he doesn't wear it. I'm glad I didn't knit him anything bigger, or I would have been mad! Plus, it was a good opportunity to practise my intarsia.

mesecina i cannot believe this - i would have been furious.
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« Reply #52 on: September 10, 2006 09:31:43 AM »

I'm a self-taught knitter.  I started out simple, like most knitters: scarves galore!  I also found a pattern for a hat knit flat and seamed that I made yes, several times.  But the thing is the hats fit.  My mom found a series of patterns in some magazine like Ladies' Home Journal or Home and Garden or something and thought I might want to make one.  So, I bought a lot of Red Heart in burgundy (first mistake: Red Heart is the devil!  I mean, really: who wants to put all the time and effort into knitting something that's scratchy anyway?) and started knitting following a pattern for a mock-turtleneck in fisherman's rib.  At the time, if someone had said the word, "guage," I could only have stared blankly.  Yes, there was something in the "Book of Needlecrafts" I taught myself from about guage.  But it never explained it well (or not well enough for me to get, obviously), so I knit away, unaware that I was making it grossly out of proportion.  Oh, and when I first started knitting, I knit REALLY loosely.  Don't ask me why.  I didn't even try it on until I'd finished and seamed it.  At which point I tried it on, and came and stood in front of my mom and sister.  I could tell they were trying to be supportive until I broke out laughing and then so did they.  We unanimously called it frumpy and it sat in a drawer for a long time, god knows why.  I even thought I might turn it into something wearable (HA!) until I discovered it and threw it away a week or so ago.
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« Reply #53 on: October 01, 2006 07:14:28 AM »

Thanks. I am glad I could help, even if I didn't have the faintest idea of who "Bob" was until today. Smiley

Your purse looks great. It's a shame you didn't get your 15 seconds of fame.
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« Reply #54 on: October 17, 2006 11:36:28 AM »

One of the first things I ever knitted was a sweater for my dad out of a really pretty navy superwash.  I knitted and knitted that thing, and he was soo excited to get it for Christmas.  Then my mom washed it and it grew to about 8 feet long.  Anyone remember the Fraggle Rock book where they used the sweater as a volleyball net?  Yeah, that was me.  So sad.
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« Reply #55 on: October 17, 2006 05:55:45 PM »

Red heart means no one will ruin the stuff I make 'em in the wash Cheesy

My only story is the 2nd thing I knitted (EVER!) looked like a pointy kitty. And my DARLING Angry 6 yr old nephew tried to twist it's head off! Sure, it wasn't great, and it was oddly worse than the first one (which was awesome and perfect!) but there was no reason to try to decapitate the poor faceless thing!

Yeah, as if I had need of another reason to not like the mean little....oh.. sorry...
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« Reply #56 on: October 18, 2006 10:02:15 PM »

i love that purse!!!
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