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landry
« Reply #30 on: November 24, 2006 11:15:22 PM »

one side question.... WHAT'S THE BOYFRIEND SWEATER CURSE?Huh?

Knitty has an article on the Sweater Curse.
http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter02/FEATsweatercurse.html
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« Reply #31 on: November 25, 2006 08:46:06 AM »

my mother knit my father a sweater when they were married, and they've been together 10 years since. so i guess the idea is that if yr married your fine. However, i'm not taking any chances with my boyfriend.
as for presents, socks are always appreciated. my grandpa and my stepgrandpa and my father and my boyfriend are all getting socks. (most out of woolease or sugar and cream)
men just don't appreciate good yarn - because they have to hand wash it!
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D.I.Winer
« Reply #32 on: November 25, 2006 09:34:06 AM »

I was going to link to that knitty article, so thanks landry!

I'm making sure to not knit it if I'm even slightly peeved at him - so that only love is knit into it Smiley

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jlp
« Reply #33 on: November 29, 2006 08:31:57 AM »

My boyfriend asked me to make him a sweater this fall. I was mainly looking at boring ribbed or stockinette sweaters, showing him a ton of patterns, and was surprised when he chose the Cycling Aran from Hello Yarn (http://www.helloyarn.com/cyclingaran.htm)
I used knitpicks wool of the andes bulky, so it knit up really quickly, and you could easily substitute ribbing if the cables seem a little elaborate.

btw, blu40, love the mario sweater!
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emilymildew
« Reply #34 on: November 30, 2006 08:55:12 AM »

I hate the sweater curse myth. I think it's really insulting to both sides: one suggesting that the woman doesn't know her boyfriend well enough to know what he may or may not like (ie: knits him something he feels obligated to wear even though he hates it) and the idea that it isn't okay to be "domestic" or whatever until one is married. Argh argh argh.

Ahem. Back to your regularly scheduled ideas giving. I'm making socks and a hat for the boyfriend, but I may end up putting his gifts off past the ones I'm making for his family if I run out of time. I'd rather he open half-finished socks on Christmas than his mother!
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cantafruit
« Reply #35 on: November 30, 2006 01:32:14 PM »

Well I think this curse is not just about knitting, it's about the effort and the other person ending up hating it. Just like the time my husband went on a business trip and I painted the hallway and he didn't really like it. HUUUGE effort and not very positive outcome. Just like knitting for weeks/months and in the end... eaten by moths Angry or whatever.
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