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Erinplus3
Chatty Knitter

USA
189 Posts

Posted - 06/14/2006 :  07:57:18 AM  Show Profile Send Erinplus3 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As soon as I finish something, most times I'm a little disappointed with it. I'm usually happy with how it turned out, but I just don't want to look at it anymore.

I'm seaming a sweater for my mom right now and I can't wait to get it out of the house. I'm sick of looking at it. I'm so conflicted, I want to be happy about it because it's really beautiful and I know she'll love it, but I don't want to see it again for a really long time.

Anyone else ever feel this way too?

BLN3320
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USA
3808 Posts

Posted - 06/14/2006 :  09:30:25 AM  Show Profile Send BLN3320 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Boy do I know how you feel. There was a time that I made all my clothes and I can quite honestly tell you I never felt like I had anything new. When someone would say is that a new suit, coat, whatever I would hesitate and then say yes. I didn't feel like it was new and was sick of looking at it but one does need clothes if for no other reason than to keep warm. Take care. Beverley [:00]

Bev
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kidknits
Chatty Knitter

USA
295 Posts

Posted - 06/14/2006 :  12:45:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit kidknits's Homepage Send kidknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It could be that you are a "process" knitter rather than a "product" knitter. Very often (ok, I'll be honest: more often than not), when I've finished a project, I don't care about it much and may not use or wear it at all. This used to bother me until I realized that I'm a process knitter: I'm more interested in handling the yarn and making the item than actually wearing or using it. What I need to do is make small(er) projects.

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Cozy
Chatty Knitter

USA
273 Posts

Posted - 06/14/2006 :  1:09:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit Cozy's Homepage Send Cozy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I get this a little. Weird, isn't it, especially after putting all that work into it. I guess that's why I give away a lot of what I knit.

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pinecone70
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
393 Posts

Posted - 06/14/2006 :  1:55:09 PM  Show Profile Send pinecone70 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Bingo! This is what I do, and I didn't fully realize it until I read this topic! I would much rather make things and give them away, but it's not so much that I never want to see it again, just that I can start something new immediately. Wow, thanks for the revelation!
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gwtreece
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USA
7254 Posts

Posted - 06/14/2006 :  2:08:25 PM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This explains all of my crafts. I have very very few things that I have actually kept. I will admit I have more things that I have knit and kept than in cross stitch.

Wanda
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Ivynforestsmom
Gabber Extraordinaire

465 Posts

Posted - 06/14/2006 :  3:27:01 PM  Show Profile Send Ivynforestsmom a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh, hullo! I blocked a sweater I've been working on for my husband this morning. I've been working on the thing for months, and I have to admit that when he tried on the finished product his response was a little less enthusiastic than I expected.

As I was sticking in the pins, I was just so relieved to be done with the thing, I thought that I honestly don't care if he never wears the thing. The sweater actually turned out well, I got another sweater under my belt, and more experience with some new skills... really, if it never sees the light of day, I don't think it would bother me.

Now socks are a different story! Socks make me positively giddy with joy when I pop that second one off the needles. They go straight on my feet and I dance around in them. Love those socks!

Yvonne
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been."-Mark Twain
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oxfordpeg
Warming Up

USA
91 Posts

Posted - 06/14/2006 :  3:34:52 PM  Show Profile Send oxfordpeg a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes! Socks are a joyous, fast fix of knitterly pleasure. I too dance around in new socks... :)
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morandia
Chatty Knitter

250 Posts

Posted - 06/14/2006 :  3:39:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit morandia's Homepage Send morandia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am so a process knitter!!! I have more things on needles than I'd care to admit to. I have to force myself to finish things because I come across a new technique or stitch pattern and have to try it, but once I've mastered it, why bother to continue.... I know it's a bad attitude, or maybe it's my ADD slipping out but that's how I am. And when I do finish an object, I usually give it away because I have no attachment to it. it's sad really..... Oh well.. life goes *wait.. was that a bird?*
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kidknits
Chatty Knitter

USA
295 Posts

Posted - 06/14/2006 :  5:39:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit kidknits's Homepage Send kidknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Reading comments from other process knitters makes me think that, rather than tackling large projects like sweaters, etc., I should accept my process-knitter-ness and buy small quantities of yarn, make swatches to try out the yarn and stitches.....but then I get seduced by a sweater pattern that looks so great and drapes so nicely and has such great detailing...or a yarn whispers to me to buy in large quantity....and then I'm a goner (again!)

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Mickey
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USA
1670 Posts

Posted - 06/14/2006 :  11:35:43 PM  Show Profile Send Mickey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
[quote] I'm usually happy with how it turned out, but I just don't want to look at it anymore.

Nope, I don't feel that way at all. If it was a big project which took a comparatively long time to finish I'm usually glad it's done - not least because I LOATHE sewing up - but I'm usually also proud of it and can't wait to wear/use it. Or to see the recipent's reaction, hoping they'll love it too, needless to say.
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J in Woking
New Pal

United Kingdom
6 Posts

Posted - 06/15/2006 :  12:45:56 AM  Show Profile Send J in Woking a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I always feel flat when I finish a project. I've just finished a tank top for my daughter and she is thrilled with the look and sizing of it. I used some wool that we bought in Austria when we went at Easter so it's just a little different to what we might buy here. It's rainbow wool, with all my daughter's colours in it: jade, amethyst, gold, blue ... it was fun to knit with and handled well on the needles. Once finished, I was self-critical as always. Am going to knit a textured scarf now with some yarn that's been sitting in the stash for a while. My daughter's knitting a tea cosy.
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KnittingLiz
Chatty Knitter

United Kingdom
147 Posts

Posted - 06/15/2006 :  01:20:42 AM  Show Profile Send KnittingLiz a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think the reason I get disappointed with some things I've knitted is that when I put it on I realise I don't look much like the model in the pattern after all.....

Liz
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Mickey
Permanent Resident

USA
1670 Posts

Posted - 06/15/2006 :  05:53:27 AM  Show Profile Send Mickey a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Liz,
most of us can relate to THAT, I'm sure!
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PuppyMomma
Chatty Knitter

USA
254 Posts

Posted - 06/15/2006 :  07:25:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit PuppyMomma's Homepage Send PuppyMomma a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't hate it once its done, though if its meant for someone else I want them to have it, like, yesterday. But when I'm done with something for myself, I'm usually just kind of bummed for a day or so and can't figure out what to knit next. It's almost like I'm lost.

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Every day may not be a good day to die, but every day is a good day to eat pancakes.
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msgb
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
531 Posts

Posted - 06/15/2006 :  08:08:43 AM  Show Profile Send msgb a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is the reason I end up giving away most of the things that I have made. I give them as gifts or else I put them up for a long time so that when I find them they are a surprise and I am not quite so blah feeling about the item.
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knitwhich
New Pal

Canada
19 Posts

Posted - 06/15/2006 :  09:06:52 AM  Show Profile Send knitwhich a Private Message  Reply with Quote
While at least most of you get the item finished. When it come to blocking, stitching and finishing I am finished. I have so many projects that get to that stage and that's it end of story. My husband keeps looking at the and asking when they will be done and why I keep buying yarn and starting new projects. I just tell him how lucky he is to live in a house with so much colour and texture.
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Posted - 06/15/2006 :  09:08:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit ninja_girl_01@yahoo.com's Homepage Send ninja_girl_01@yahoo.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Egads!!!!! I make stuff because I have an outfit already in mind. I am definitely a product knitter, which is hard because the product takes time to create. I think more about what I need and what will look good on me instead of what I would like to make. Right now I am making Clapotis and I can't wait for it to be done so I can start modeling it with the outfit I have in mind, but to my surprise I am enjoying the process of making it.

Now I am teaching myself more about knitting so that I can start designing my own garments and so I can not only enjoy the product but the process as well.

http://pitsandknits.blogspot.com
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barbaydos@aol.com
New Pal

USA
9 Posts

Posted - 06/15/2006 :  09:11:08 AM  Show Profile Send barbaydos@aol.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I guess I'm a little bit of both. A process and product knitter. I do give away most of the things I knit. I have a few projects going. I do miss a project once it's finished. Lately I've been making scarves and hats. I just finished a fun fur scarf that I'm going to hide when my sister visits. I'll make her one too, but this one is mine.
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crankyisgood
New Pal

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 06/15/2006 :  12:14:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit crankyisgood's Homepage Send crankyisgood a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow, when I read the poll I thought "yes, often," but now that I actually read the thread... Not really! I have knitted a few things I didn't care for and there are definitely times I've tried something on and didn't love it instantly because I could see this or that imperfection, but almost always grow to love the item.

Usually if I feel a bit of a let-down after finishing a knit, it's like finishing a really good book: I was so excited to read the whole thing and finish it, and now it's over too soon!
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momtat@comcast.net
New Pal

USA
19 Posts

Posted - 06/15/2006 :  4:03:36 PM  Show Profile  Send momtat@comcast.net a Yahoo! Message Send momtat@comcast.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Nah!! I'm always happy when I finish a project, esp. when it's for someone else and I finally get to give it to them. I usually always have several going at one time, and with kids to raise and house to keep, don't have time or energy to always complete projects as quickly as I would like. So, when they are finally completed, it's like Christmas!! Exp. to see everyone's reactions!!!
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