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« on: January 09, 2008 05:22:17 PM »

So this is my first post, but I was compelled to pose the following to you lovely Crafters:

So I was walking around campus (I attend UCSB) this evening and I noticed a high volume of knitted goods. Granted, most of these knitted goods were purchased at Abercrombie and Fitch, but a goodly amount of it was handknit.

Along with the observance of these handknits I noticed, likewise, that I was recognizing maybe... 85% of the yarn used in these items (scarves, hats, gloves, etc). Not just by a vague "oh, I think I've seen that in my LYS" but a "oh, Lion's Brand such-and-such a color in Homespun."

...What do y'all think-- should I be worried about this newly-found ability?
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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2008 05:23:06 PM »

nope...comes with the territory, i'm afraid Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2008 05:28:23 PM »

no, don't worry. I do that too.
yeah, it's become pretty obsessive.
haha, seriously. Do you go around identifying what's hand knit versus machine made too?
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2008 05:31:40 PM »

Ehehe. Yeah. I do. I'm actually sort of freaked out by what I like to refer to as "Wall of Knit" (as opposed to Wall of Text)-- that's a huge sheet of machine knit Stockinette stitch. It's so... perfect.

I'm always bothered by machined cables, too. They look so incredibly fake. I have, however, found a machine cable on a Land's End cartigan that looks incredibly real so I'll wear it. I've pointed it out to my non-knitting friends and they just laugh at me.
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2008 09:44:26 PM »

Oh yeah. My local wool shop had a sale the other day, some stuff was sold unlabelled (guess from dye lots that went wrong and didn't match any of the existing colours, so they flog them off unlabelled to preserve the brand name). Staffer gave me a ball and said 'this is on sale for $3' and my immediate reaction was 'ohmyGod that has silk in it! Is that the Merino et Soie?'

I'd call it a Stupid Human Trick. Although when I pop in when they open the doors the morning of first day of the sale and everyone else is pawing through the synthetics for $1.50, and I can score something for $3 that is normally $9.60, feel quite pleased with myself. Handy trick e.g. at garage sales to recognise either fibre content or brand and line of the wool.

« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2008 10:07:14 PM »

at least you're not stalking people because you want a better look at the toque/sweater/scarf they're wearing... I feel vaguely pathological, but I. just. can't. help. myself.  I want a better look at the knits!   Cheesy

« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2008 11:58:59 PM »

@ cdngreenie: Ahaa! Yeah. I've been known to follow someone around with a piece of paper and a pen, scribbling down patterns from whatever they're wearing. I do a lot of machine sewing in addition to knitting so I have a double threat when it comes to vaguely socially unacceptable actions. Don't feel bad, I'm sure we're not the only ones (...at least I hope not)!

@ redwitch: Hehe. I've done something like that, but it's usually with bolt fabric. My ability to tell the cotton content in fabric amuses and impresses my friends and family. Always best to know your fibers.
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2008 03:27:27 AM »

Don't worry. I do it with techniques. I mentally jot down a list of all the steps needed to make that one. And then make a better one in my head.
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2008 07:51:36 AM »

It's not just a stupid human trick. Asking someone if they knit their hat/scarf/etc. and if it's such and such a yarn and if they liked working with it is as good as a secret handshake!
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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2008 08:35:27 AM »

Think of it as a super power- tada! Yarn Girl!

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