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February 07, 2005



Okay you may knit for me and I would be oh so very pleased! LOL I too have knitted and/or crocheted for family and friends and continue to do so. One who does needlework needs family and friends to be the recipients of such treasures! If you are running out of people, go make some new friends! LOL
Yes, I have started projects that I don't like, frog and move on to something else. Life is too short to make something you don't like.
I have 1 cardigan sweater that I made for myself and I should wear it more. Was thinking the other day I should make myself another one. Knitting and crocheting are pleasurable and I for one do it because I enjoy the creativity of the colors and the yarns and the patterns!
Donate or gift things to people who will enjoy the item and your work, and it doesn't necessarily have to be family or friend. How about a co-worker or one of your child's friend's mother? If you aren't using it, it's taking up valuable space in your home and it's time for it to go. "Clean Sweep!"


As to 7 &'s SOOOOOOOO not wrong. I do it all the time, so it can't be wrong! Right?

As for your survey questions:

1 - I don't know about percentage. There are a few that I end up less than 50% pleased with so I end up donating or frogging them. Some are pretty good but not perfect...but most of those are because they are for someone else whose tastes don't match my own.

2 - I don't wear my sweaters enough. :( I like cardigans but I have no shirts to wear under them. And sometimes the necklines on sweaters I knit are funky and I can't find a good shirt to go on under it even when I search. That's my story, anyways.

3 - Usually I buy yarn when I find a good deal. If it doesn't suit me for clothing then it ends up on someone else who it will suit.


It takes time to find out what suits us and what we like.I'm only just starting to knit things that I'll wear ! It is about the process too.I love yarn,fibre,colour and knitting.Mistakes get passed on to people who like them,as does rashly bought yarn ! I don't suffer any angst about it.Life's too short for that,and there's plenty of other stuff to stress over.You also have to remember that our tastes change,as does fashion.Things move on.Sometimes projects get left behind.


So true, Emma - it takes time to settle into a workable groove! No angst here any more - although the "Dancing Vines" not-enough-yarn-angst lasted throughout the project! I need to start passing on yarn/patterns that just aren't "me." Good advice. :)

Tiff - thanks for weighing in on 7 & 8 - you made me feel better. ;) So...guess now I need to go crochet that flower bag in the new "Crochet Me." :::grin:::

You're right, Margaret - I need new friends! ha! Or just clear out another closet & keep all the stuff for myself. I could be a sweater-hoarder. hehehehe

Lisa in Oregon

Definitely the process for me. I usually couldn't care less about the finished object! Weird, but true!


ok, this one made me see some things:
1) 50% full satisfaction OR 75% partial satisfaction. That is sad. Why not 100?

2) shells, lightweight items get worn occasionally. I don't know if I am shy of my handmades, or don't want them damaged!

3) I get sucked in by the colors or feel of the yarn, which then will not go with the particular outfit or pattern I had in mind. I escaped Charlotte's Web and Everyday Cardi, but Clapotis caught me (and I regret it:it is going on, and on, and on...)

I need to work on my skills and achieving FULL satisfaction!!


Process over product about 98% of the time for me.


1. If I finish it, I love it because that means I liked it enough to stick with it, fix boo-boos, etc. If I let it languish or frog it, it turned out to be disappointing or boring.

2. I have yet to knit a sweater :) But of the things that I *have* made for myself, I do tend to use them and feel a nifty little zing of pride whenever I put them on.

3. I tend not to get caught up in patterns per se, but to use them as ideas or jumoing off points. I am *far* more likely to get suckered in by yarn and color is the main issue there. Texture and degree of softness is important, but it's the color that draws me in :)


1. i'm very rarely happy with what i knit or crochet. in fact, the only thing that i've made lately that i really really like is that little crochet sweater that i made for my friend's little girl. oh and the little lamb. sometimes i learn to like things because i look at them through the eyes of others. i need outside reinforcement i guess.
2. i don't make sweaters for myself anymore. my weight is an issue and i don't feel like wasting my time and yarn on something that i know by definition i will hate. when i did knit sweaters, i wore them all of the time (and still do) weather permitting. most of them are rather heavy and not really conducive to inside office wear.
3. i rarely get sucked in to what the other kids are doing, except for clapotis. i also like making scarves (although i rarely wear the ones i do make because i forget to accessorize when i leave the house). i really like making home fashions -- pillows, afghans, rugs -- i have a nutty sense of color and pattern and only in something like that do i feel it's ok to go a little wild.


1. I'm pleased with 99% of the things I've made. I just finished a baby sweater that I didn't like, but that was my fault for substituting a yarn that was SO wrong for the pattern.
2. All my knitting is gifts, so I hope they're not sitting on shelves! At least they're not on MY shelves.
3. I know what styles I like, but with gift knitting, the challenge is to know your recipient's style. I think I'm 85% successful there.


1. 75% are keepers, I think. I'm so obsessive that if I get halfway through a project and even suspect I won't like it, I rip it.

2. Anything I don't like wearing gets ripped out--can't stand to look at it. All of the survivors get worn on a regular basis.

3. I am mostly aware of what kind of yarn, color, style will look good on me, although I tend to keep buying the same shade of red all the time. Twice I have made particular sweaters because every one else was, and they were both just awful on me. I don't do that any more.


Bron, my answers were too long to post in your comments so I answered them on my blog !

Teresa C

I know I am late to this conversation, but--I have been knitting since I was 8 and when I was in my teens and twenties I was a visual and technical knitter. If it looked good on the model I would knit it and I loved a challenge. Looking back, there are some sweaters that even though I wore them a few times, I clearly did not consider my style and fit when I made them. I had some successes too and remember them fondly. These days I have a much more critical eye so even when I may first look at something and say "I must knit that", I will take a close look at the style and fit, then reject a project if it can't fit my rules. There are certain styles that just don't work for me and because I am small, if it can't be reworked to fit me well I will just say no. Knowing that, I do not usually get caught up in any knitalong just to be a joiner. If I am knitting it, I know I will wear it. So my recent percentage of wearable works has increased. Things I definitely don't do anymore? Bulky yarns, really oversized sweaters, most dropped shoulders, most yokes, I really would like to wear knitted vests too. Maybe I will try one.

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