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Topic: how do you let a muggle down nicely when they ask you to knit something?  (Read 113446 times)
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« Reply #500 on: January 29, 2007 02:19:18 PM »

I am not afflicted with this problem - for some reason.  I knit what I want for whom I want.  Anyone mentions what I have made and I offer to teach them how, and show them what I currently am working on.  I like to keep something with dpns in my bag so they decide they don't want to spend that much time on their item and leave me out of it.  

I had an ex that didn't appreciate my knitting, so he never received anything I made.  My new boytoy loves my work, and is currently outfitted with matching Hat, Scarf, Gloves.  None of which was asked for, all of which has been made since Christmas, however I did consult for the style of Glove.  

My mom didn't ask me to make her a scarf, she asked me to show her how to make a scarf, she hates to crochet so maybe she thought she might like knitting (I am away at college but am guessing little to no progress has been made on that scarf).  

However if I am ever faced with this problem, I shall take everyones advice in hand, and show people how much I put into my little ugly mittens, that don't match my messed up cabled hat, or my purple accidentally felted scarf.   Grin
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« Reply #501 on: January 29, 2007 02:28:12 PM »

I think what this thread signifies, IMHO, is a general malaise in society where some people have forgotten basic manners and don't have the slightest compunction with pushily imposing themselves on others. You have all handled yourselves very well. I don't know how I would react if some random office co-worker came up to me and asked me to knit something for them! Shocked Angry Tongue

I think the whole manners thing definitely is a huge part of it. However, it's also in part due to the fact that most crafts have gone by the wayside as something that is done by most people. "Back in the day", more things were home made. Not as a "look what I can do because I love it", but as a way of life. Nowadays, not many people (comparatively, anyway) know how to make things themselves anymore. There fore, all the knowledge and appreciation that came with home made items, is no longer readily available.
I hope that made sense lol
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« Reply #502 on: January 29, 2007 02:44:23 PM »

I think what this thread signifies, IMHO, is a general malaise in society where some people have forgotten basic manners and don't have the slightest compunction with pushily imposing themselves on others. You have all handled yourselves very well. I don't know how I would react if some random office co-worker came up to me and asked me to knit something for them! Shocked Angry Tongue

I think the whole manners thing definitely is a huge part of it. However, it's also in part due to the fact that most crafts have gone by the wayside as something that is done by most people. "Back in the day", more things were home made. Not as a "look what I can do because I love it", but as a way of life. Nowadays, not many people (comparatively, anyway) know how to make things themselves anymore. There fore, all the knowledge and appreciation that came with home made items, is no longer readily available.
I hope that made sense lol
Yes it does make sense and I agree with you that that is part of the problem. Another part of the problem is that people have no idea of the value of a knitted garment, because if a department store sweater, for instance, is handknit, -- and that is a big IF -- it has probably been made by some poor soul in a developing country would could literally be making pennies an hour.  Sad 
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« Reply #503 on: January 29, 2007 02:49:14 PM »

that's where the "knowledge" comes in, too. Though on a different level.
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« Reply #504 on: January 29, 2007 05:51:49 PM »

I have kind of a different thing going on. My SIL asked me to knit her a nursing shawl, and I know she'd appreciate it (because she's a knitter, too, just less experienced) and get a ton of use out of it, and she even offered to send me the yarn for it! I'd love to make the shawl for her, but after I told her what sort of yarn to look for and how much, she hasn't talked to me about it again! I was really looking forward to knitting something in a nice fiber that would be used and used...
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« Reply #505 on: January 29, 2007 06:12:13 PM »

Send her to knittinghelp.com.  She should be able to figure it out on her own with that site.
Thanks for this. She is obnoxiously persistent, so maybe this will stop her. I think that she is more concerned with impressing her boyfriend than she is with really learning how to knit. People have no idea how much time and concentration it takes. It is amazing to me how people can try to impose themselves on others.

You could always just give her the worst knitting lesson ever.  Make her learn with thin yarn on tiny needles.  Tell her that she needs to yank the yarn super-tight between every single stitch.  Give her a set of five DPNs and a cable needle to get her started.  I bet she won't ask for lessons again.  Wink
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« Reply #506 on: January 29, 2007 06:24:40 PM »

You could always just give her the worst knitting lesson ever.  Make her learn with thin yarn on tiny needles.  Tell her that she needs to yank the yarn super-tight between every single stitch.  Give her a set of five DPNs and a cable needle to get her started.  I bet she won't ask for lessons again.  Wink

Give her black eyelash yarn and tiny needles. I consider myself an advanced knitter, and I can't make heads or tales of it.
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« Reply #507 on: January 29, 2007 07:39:48 PM »

Grar. Random people asking me to knit for them hadn't been much of a problem until this year. Suddenly, I've got people in the bus thinking "Gee, could you make me, RandomStranger, one-a-them shawls like you've been working on for three months, only super huger with all these swanky details and no thought of pay much less materials cost?" is small talk. Them at least I can laugh and ignore, like it's a joke, but now I've got a new co-worker who's only seen me working on my Icarus for two weeks and has already started hinting pretty heavy that she'd like a scarf. Add to the mix that she's my immediate supervisor and has already turned down my offers to teach her (it's too hard, she'd never have the patience) and you have one decidedly awkward work environment.
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« Reply #508 on: January 29, 2007 08:02:07 PM »

This is an actual reason which gets me out of a lot of projects I just dont want to do. I tell them I only make small items like hats & scarves because my hands cramp up too much when I work for long periods of time & give them an exagerated timeframe due to having to take breaks.

I had a girl at work I had never met leave a note on my desk asking for a lapgan. I started quoting her minimums on yardage & time & she was fine with it till I told her I needed 1/2 as a deposit for supplies...never heard another word.

I'm nice but I refuse to do large projects for non-loved ones. I think the people I work with appreciate how long it takes more because they see me on a daily basis working on the same thing for long periods of time.

FYI.......I do make scarves & its a great stash buster for the yarns I dont use anymore
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« Reply #509 on: January 29, 2007 11:56:55 PM »



I had a girl at work I had never met leave a note on my desk asking for a lapgan.


Amazing! The mind boggles! Good on you for getting out of that one!
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