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« on: December 13, 2009 04:19:26 PM »

I've only been crocheting less than a year, and I've had several people see me wearing a hat or scarf and say, "oh that's cute, did you knit it yourself?"  I'm curious if others have this happen and what you say.  I've noticed if I say, "well I crocheted it myself" then they ask "what's the difference?"  And you know, if you're not doing it, just a bystander looking at a finished scarf, there really isn't much difference. 

If it was a friend or fellow crafty person, I would say it was crocheted, and be happy to explain the difference if they asked.  For strangers or casual aquaintences just commenting they like my scarf, I think I'll just say "yes I did, thanks!"

What do my fellow crafsters say?
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2009 04:43:07 PM »

I'd say, "I did make it myself; it's crocheted, though."  And if they ask what the difference is, I'd say, "Well, they are similar crafts, but they use a different technique" and leave it at that.  If they actually are curious to know the difference they'll likely ask you... or look it up on wikipedia when they get home. ^_^

If you don't want to do that, maybe say, "yes, I did make it myself, thanks!"  That way you won't feel bad about admitting to knitting something you didn't. ^_-
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2009 09:59:47 PM »

i'm usually like, "noooo! it's crocheted! Sad"
and when they ask what the difference is, i just say, "crocheting is with 1 hook and knitting is with 2 needles".
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2009 01:54:08 PM »

I just say "Thank you. It's actually crocheted." or something similar. I've never encountered anyone asking what the difference was though. Most people seem to have at least some idea of what crochet is compared to knitting.
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2009 06:44:03 PM »

I just nod and smile.  It really feels awkward to me when people *see* me crocheting  and make comments about my "knitting."  Because I sort of understand not being able to identify the final products (if you aren't a knitter or crocheter), but I feel like most people can tell the difference between a person holding two needles versus one hook??
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2009 11:28:31 PM »

"Why thankyou, I actually crocheted it." That's what I'd say if someone mistook it for knitting, but usually people who ask me already know the difference.
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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2009 02:22:37 AM »

At my very first crochet guild meeting one of the ladies asked another why I was knitting.  I wasn't, but the woman she asked was!

So, I guess it's easier to make that mistake than we thought. lol
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2009 05:40:52 AM »

I'll usually just say that I did make it and leave it at that, unless I know the person and I'll mention it's crocheted.

My boyfriend is constantly referring to my "knitting" ARRRGH  Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2009 06:32:18 AM »

I'll usually just say that I did make it and leave it at that, unless I know the person and I'll mention it's crocheted.

My boyfriend is constantly referring to my "knitting" ARRRGH  Tongue

Kitty has decided my yarn box makes an excellent bed and every time my mom visits she says "awww, you're so cute in the knitting box!" but I don't let it bother me.

I try to remember how irritated I get when guys try to correct me on some stupid sports thing I don't care about.  (I don't care if it's quarters in basketball and halfs in football!  What I want to know is whether the game is almost over!!) 
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« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2009 10:02:50 PM »

You guys are really nice about it all. Every time someone asks me what I'm knitting I'll tell them I don't know how to knit. There are a lot of people who knit at my university, so it's a pretty common question when I'm around them, from people who do neither. But if I'm on the way to class on the bus, people tend to ask what i'm making rather than knitting/crocheting. That said, I felt extremely awkward when of the kids who knits and knows I crochet complemented me for a hat I didn't make... I said thanks because I thought he was referring merely to the awesomeness of the hat and therefore the awesomeness of me for wearing the hat, and not to the fact that I was responsible for making the awesomeness of the hat... until it was too late to take it back... Undecided
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