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« on: January 30, 2006 12:01:07 AM »

I absolutely hate when I'm knitting with a brand new skein of yarn and all of the sudden, I see where two seperate strands have been joined together causing fibers to fray or fuzz at the point of joining. It always looks bad and seems weak enough that I could tug it apart.  I pay for good, strong yarn and that's what I should get.  Dammit.

What are your pet peeves? 

« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2006 12:55:44 PM »

maybe mine is a "other knitter" pet peeve, but mine is when other knitters try to get me to knit like them.  I hate that!  There's more than one way you single minded b***........

« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2006 01:04:31 PM »

When I get excited to knit a pattern in a magazine that i PAID for and the pattern/chart/whatever has not been proofread and/or test knit.  ARGH. 

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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2006 02:02:56 PM »

I hate yarn snobs. I love to work with nice, expensive yarns as much as the next person but sometimes the ol' budget just doesn't allow that. Not to mention there are some really fun/pretty/funky gems in the $1.99 bin at JoAnn's. Don't knock 'em til you try 'em people!  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2006 02:22:10 PM »

I hate trying to pull the end out of a center pull ball, and instead getting this barf-glob consisting of half the skein. 

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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2006 02:25:49 PM »

lace patterns.  I've been knitting for something like 17 years, and all I can ever manage is a simple eyelet pattern.    I've knitted fully shaped teddy bears and dice in one piece, intarsia, fair-isle, cables, socks out the wazoo, design my own sweaters, but lace completely and totally kicks my butt.  Angry  Not that I'm going to stop trying, mind you - it's a good excuse to keep buying more knitting books  Grin

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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2006 02:28:50 PM »

Knotted yarn.  Or yarn that won't unwind... especially when you're on the bus and it can't go on the ground.

And here's a cute one- I was at SAGA last week and I was knitting.  I had to keep stoppingto unwind my yarn and then Alex, who is normally a ginormous pain in the arse, told me that he'd take care of it and sat with my yarn in his lap for the next hour, unwinding it as I needed it.

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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2006 02:33:20 PM »

I hate trying to pull the end out of a center pull ball, and instead getting this barf-glob consisting of half the skein. 

I know I have more; I'll post 'em as I think of 'em.

Thank you for saying this. I thought I was just doing it wrong!

My pet peeve is with myself. No matter how "loose" I start out, I end up with a death-grip on my needles and stitches so tight I can't move them down. grrrr

« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2006 02:42:29 PM »

Mohair - for being so darn impossible to work with and for looking so pretty in the store that I buy it when I know good and well that I just make fuzzy balls of knots with it. 

Damn you. 
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2006 09:41:46 AM »

maybe mine is a "other knitter" pet peeve, but mine is when other knitters try to get me to knit like them.  I hate that!  There's more than one way you single minded b***........

Oh I second this one. I love meeting other knitters. It's fun to chat about a project or yarn with someone. I went to this long weekend conference though, where I met another knitter who followed me aroundconstantly. She kept questioning why I was doing things and then telling me, "oh, well I would do it like this. But don't worry yours might work too." I was working on my hundredth pair of socks. I knew it was going to work. I didn't need advice. You want to chat about your favorite sock yarn or worst knitting disaster. I'm game. You want to give me lots of unsolicited advice? No thanks. the kicker was when after two days of this she tells me, "I thought about bringing my knitting but I didn't think I'd have time for it. Now I wish I had because I could have learned to make socks with you. I've never made any." What?!?! You've been telling me what I should be doing for days now and you've never even made a pair of socks?


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