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Musicknitter
Chatty Knitter

USA
334 Posts

Posted - 05/02/2005 :  05:50:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit Musicknitter's Homepage Send Musicknitter a Private Message
I'm sure I'm going to open a whole can of worms here.....but what is your knitting pet peeve?

Mine is when publishers put bad pictures in patterns. Or no pictures at all. I'm sorry, but I want to see what both the back and the front look like in a clearly lit photo.

SweetJane
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168 Posts

Posted - 05/02/2005 :  06:01:02 AM  Show Profile Send SweetJane a Private Message
I don't know if I have any pet peeves now, maybe someone else will say something I agree with? :) I HEART knitting!

I remember when I started knitting, I had so many "beginner" books and I still felt they expected you to know things. I wish they were a little simpler for first time knitters.

Jane
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azknitter
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5539 Posts

Posted - 05/02/2005 :  06:09:38 AM  Show Profile Send azknitter a Private Message
Patterns without schematics!

Trish
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KnitSSK
Seriously Hooked

USA
656 Posts

Posted - 05/02/2005 :  06:10:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit KnitSSK's Homepage Send KnitSSK a Private Message
Definitely errata in patterns. I find it infuriating when publishers can't seem to correctly edit the final pattern for production. And, it's difficult to always know there are corrections and then find them.

Martha

Wanting to be knitting, not working...
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JaniceV
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USA
338 Posts

Posted - 05/02/2005 :  06:57:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit JaniceV's Homepage  Send JaniceV a Yahoo! Message Send JaniceV a Private Message
When I was married I use to get hours of knitting in while he drove the car on vacations. Now I have to drive and lose all that valuable needle time.

Janice

"Life is not counted by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of times your breath is taken away"
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kbshee
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Posted - 05/02/2005 :  06:59:56 AM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message
Yarns that are discontinued so suddenly you don't have time to stock up.

kim in oregon
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Atavistic
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Posted - 05/02/2005 :  07:02:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message
"Can you make me...?"

My sister-in-law did that to me this weekend. Luckily my mother had warned me, so I was prepared to answer that I don't have enough time to knit everything for me, let alone for other people. Later Mom told me that I was really quick in my negation. Well...no, I don't want to knit anything for you, especially not some ugly bulky done-on-15s-and-17s junk.

Amanda

A good friend: You knit faster than most women shop.
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fmarrs
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USA
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Posted - 05/02/2005 :  07:12:27 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
Patterns with very obvious mistakes, like tailored stockinette edges--no such thing exists, all of them will roll, but I wonder how many knitters made them relying on the reputation of the designer and were then disappointed.

Also pictures that have the knit garment adjusted by pinning in the back etc. so they look shaped and fitted but the pattern makes a boxy garment.

I guess what I am saying is pictures and directions that lead you to expect something other than what you get.

fran
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fillyjonk
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Posted - 05/02/2005 :  07:14:36 AM  Show Profile  Visit fillyjonk's Homepage Send fillyjonk a Private Message
When a pattern is for a very specific and hard-to-find yarn, and there are few details given on the yarn type and weight to allow for substitution. Especially when it says something like "Eight skeins of Fluffy No-Find-Em" and it doesn't say how much is in a skein or what the skein weighs.

I'm also somewhat irritated when no gauge-over-stockinette is given, because that makes it harder for me to visualize what would be a good substitution. (I know, I can and should swatch in pattern, but when I'm ordering a yarn to sub for the recommended yarn, I don't want to do it as a total crapshoot)
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mokey
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Posted - 05/02/2005 :  07:15:32 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Atavistic

"Can you make me...?"


Amanda I'm amazed you didn't use the classic teacher line, "I can but may I?"

Janice, forget the car and take the train - that's what we do! In any case I won't knit in cars.

My biggest peeve is patterns that list yards/metres but not how many metres per gram. That's what I need when I look for a yarn to match.

"I firmly believe the Bible is the misinterpreted word of God." Mokey

www.femiknits.blog-city.com
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klfrazier
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Posted - 05/02/2005 :  07:25:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit klfrazier's Homepage Send klfrazier a Private Message
Being so closed-minded as to insist that your way of knitting is the ONLY way. (And this refers to just about everything from the English v. Continental debate to what type of yarn is best.)

or

The lack of confidence/fear in knitters that I see as being so pervasive right now. (Afraid to try anything new, afraid to deviate from a pattern, convinced they can't figure out (fill in the blank))

Kristin
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Atavistic
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Posted - 05/02/2005 :  07:38:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by mokey

quote:
Originally posted by Atavistic

"Can you make me...?"


Amanda I'm amazed you didn't use the classic teacher line, "I can but may I?"


If I'd been on top of my game I would've, but I went home to help my grandmother deal with my grandfather's death, which was weird enough, and in the course of a week I saw a ton of family members and met my sister-in-law (for the second time, they barely knew each other, eloped before he was shipped out to Iraq). I was dragged to the Mall of America (gag) twice in one weekend (I am now beyond set for the century) and it actually snowed yesterday. Normally when I go back to my parents' house I sit around and knit, play with the dogs, etc, but this vacation was work.

I did, however, finish one sweater on the plane ride down and I designed and knit another sleeveless top while in MN and I designed and starting knitting another sleeveless top based on the other sleeveless top...

Amanda

A good friend: You knit faster than most women shop.
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Schleppenheimer
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USA
627 Posts

Posted - 05/02/2005 :  07:54:38 AM  Show Profile Send Schleppenheimer a Private Message
My pet peeve is that I read about so many of you who have so much more time than I do to knit! Drives me nuts!

Maybe if I got off the computer once in a while . . .

Kris
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ladyamythyst69
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372 Posts

Posted - 05/02/2005 :  08:18:10 AM  Show Profile Send ladyamythyst69 a Private Message
I hate the 50 gram balls of yarn with seriously small yardage so that you are forever adding on new balls and then having to weave in all those ends.

I agree with Filly too - I hate patterns that give no info about the type of yarn so that it takes major research to arrange a substitution.

http://ontheneedles.blogspot.com/
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Chayah
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Posted - 05/02/2005 :  08:27:48 AM  Show Profile Send Chayah a Private Message
My pet peeve is balls of yarn that you can't pull from the center because the yarn comes out in huge tangled clumps that take forever to undo. Closely followed by yarn that refuses to be frogged or where you can't see the individual stitches. Happy, problem free knitting to all, Chayah
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DaniW
Chatty Knitter

USA
164 Posts

Posted - 05/02/2005 :  08:41:26 AM  Show Profile Send DaniW a Private Message
Pet peeves so far:

how to books that seem to be more about the "hip" photos than the pattern. Do we really need 4 very similar shots? What does the back look like? What does the sweater look like when the model is NOT laying down or trying really hard to look sexy? How many people making that sweater are anorexic? Will the pattern work for someone who has the "average" build? (national average is something like 5'4" and 145 lbs, I'm 5'3" and 150)

no info listed for the yarn. I don't know anything about yarns, so I really need this info if I need to make a substitution.

I'm a beginner. Don't treat me like crap just because I'm clueless about something right now





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Dicksie
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Posted - 05/02/2005 :  08:45:22 AM  Show Profile Send Dicksie a Private Message
My pet peeve is pretty basic. I hate it when the gauge is given only over pattern. Would it be such a stretch to include gauge over stockinette? I routinely do my gauge swatch (much as I hate it), but gauge over st st is so much more accurate, particularly when their yarn has long since been DC'd. And yes, yardage should also be given. Much better now than 30 years ago, but there is still room for improvement.

http://photobucket.com/albums/y89/Dicksie/
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MoonKnitter
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USA
247 Posts

Posted - 05/02/2005 :  08:53:23 AM  Show Profile Send MoonKnitter a Private Message
Right now, it's patterns with no schematics! I'm taking a trip to the frog pond because of it!
Kelli
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birdgirlsherri
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28 Posts

Posted - 05/02/2005 :  08:53:54 AM  Show Profile Send birdgirlsherri a Private Message
Patterns that are written to save every last little bit of printing space ("Do X every 4 rows while at the same time doing Y every 7 rows while doing Z each alt 5th row") so that I have to take a separate piece of paper and a calculator and write out what to do each row anyway. Are printing costs really that high?

Then opening my mailbox to find six junk mail catalogs from companies whose mailing lists I've been trying to get off of for several years.
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mokey
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Posted - 05/02/2005 :  08:54:50 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
If the pattern does not use stocking stitch what would the point be of a stocking stitch swatch?

"I firmly believe the Bible is the misinterpreted word of God." Mokey

www.femiknits.blog-city.com
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KnitSteph
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121 Posts

Posted - 05/02/2005 :  08:56:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit KnitSteph's Homepage  Send KnitSteph a Yahoo! Message Send KnitSteph a Private Message
This one really bugs the heck out of me. I only got better with my knitting by challenging myself. If you only ever knit dishcloths..you'll only ever knit dishcloths. Challenging yourself is a good thing.

quote:
Originally posted by klfrazier


The lack of confidence/fear in knitters that I see as being so pervasive right now. (Afraid to try anything new, afraid to deviate from a pattern, convinced they can't figure out (fill in the blank))

Kristin



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