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on: December 26, 2018 08:33:29 AM 
Started by bethntim, Message by bethntim
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Maybe ungrateful isn't the word I was looking for.  Here goes...
It started very simply with the Grinch Scarf I posted, originally saved on my Facebook as a marker for myself.  I did not share it on Facebook and write "OK, who wants one???" but guess what?  The requests started flooding in.  I didn't answer anyone (even though so many people NNNEEEEEDDDEDDD one). 
I made one for myself for my Christmas party and was so stoked to wear it. 

#1-A former co-worker (we still work for the same company but I switched departments) cornered me and said how she absolutely needed this scarf because she volunteers at the children's hospital and what a hoot this would be and could I please PlEaSe PLEASE make her one?  I agreed and gave her the one I had made for myself.  Still with plenty of time to make another one for myself before my Christmas party

#2-My cousin (who I haven't seen in about 10 years) calls my mom and asks for my phone number.  Aww how sweet, she wants to reconnect!  NOPE, she texted me and begged me to make one for this lady at her church who has taken her and her husband under her wing and she has cancer and is precious, blah, blah, blah.  Can I pretty pretty please make one for her in time for Christmas (and mail it to her).  Fine, she offers to pay me for the yarn but I said Nah it's cool, make a donation to Toys For Tots (I already had the supplies and it's Christmas, yada, yada, yada).  She is so excited and purchases a toy and drops it in the bin.  Hooray!  As I'm cranking out another scarf the same cousin texts me and says she showed her co-worker and she needs one for her granddaughter and can I crank out another scarf (because they're so easy to make and I just do it while I'm watching TV) and that she will also make a donation to Toys For Tots.  What am I going to say?? No?? have a child go without a Christmas present because I'm being bratty???  So I agree, it's the Christmas spirit, this is what Christmas is all about, you know the drill.  Scarf #2 and 3 go out and make it to their recipients and hooray everyone's happy.  She lets me know when the package arrives and requests one more scarf for Christmas 2019 (now I'm feeling like the Grinch over these dang things)

#3-I've had 2 other former co-workers that co-worker #1 showed the scarf to that have requested one.  I can't charge them because I didn't charge #1 but I am really sick of these dang scarves.  I told them for Christmas 2019, let's just hope they don't hold me to it.

Everyone's happy-except me (the Grinch)

It's the day before my party, I'm out of yarn, pooped from making 3 scarves in about 6 days and don't want to go get anymore of that putrid green yarn.  No scarf for me.  Not a big deal
EXCEPT, the co-worker I gave the original scarf to now needs newborn hats for the Christmas season because the nurses at the hospital she volunteers at loved the scarf and are in demand of Christmas-y type newborn hats.  Again, do I say no?  NO, of course not!  It's newborns.  So I spend an entire Sunday crocheting 10 hats (out of my stash) for the littles to bring to work Monday. 

Am I the one being unreasonable and bratty??  It's sure beginning to look that way but the point of my RANT is: Does anyone else feel this was about sharing things you make (or want to make) on social media?  I'm almost to the point where I just flat out say no.  I don't ever want to be un-accommodating but at what point is enough enough? 

Sorry for the long post I just feel that people have the mindset that
#1-handmade things are easy to do
#2-I do it in my spare time so why not make more (BTW, the scarves take about 6 hours each to complete)
#3-craft supplies are free

If you've made it this far, thanks for hearing me out, I needed a sympathetic ear

Yours truly,
The Grinch

P.S.  I think I'm going to start sewing these onto my gifts

 
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