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aidanmoon@gmail.com
New Pal

1 Posts

Posted - 07/19/2006 :  10:06:30 PM  Show Profile Send aidanmoon@gmail.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Recently I had a woman ask me why I didn't use bits of thread as stitch markers instead of the modified paper clips I use. It just seemed really rude to me, the tone she used was very condescending. I use them because I stuff my knitting in and out of a backpack and I don't want "bits of thread" all over the inside of my bag and stuck to my knitting and not marking my stitches, dangit!

I've never gotten the "You're knitting wrong." comment - Mostly the "That's for girls!" 'cause I'm a boy. :P I just say "So's dating boys, but I do that too!"
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Mokihana
Warming Up

USA
54 Posts

Posted - 07/19/2006 :  10:37:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mokihana's Homepage Send Mokihana a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm right with you. I don't like being touched either, unless I say it's okay. Seems to me that she should ask first, "Is it okay if I touch it?" It also seems to me that we all have the right to say, "I'm so glad you like it, but I'd really prefer not to be touched". We all need to be able to state what our boundaries are, no matter how unrealistic they seem to others.

Mokihana


quote:
Originally posted by fillyjonk

I have a colleague (female) who is all touchy-feely about things.

she generally wants to "pat" whatever sweater or knitted item I have on.

This wouldn't be a problem except I have extreme personal-space issues and it bugs me. I haven't said anything to her because I know (a) I am extreme in my personal-space issues and (b) she's being complimentary of what I've knit and (c) logically, it doesn't seem "unreasonable" to me for her to want to touch the shoulder or sleeve of whatever I have on.

but I still don't like being touched...



Aloha,

Mokihana
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barbaydos@aol.com
New Pal

USA
9 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2006 :  04:19:17 AM  Show Profile Send barbaydos@aol.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just recently my younger grandson Sam whose 4 was playing with one of my fun fur scarves. It became a belt. He dropped it and his older brother Max 7 came along and picked it up. Well Sam couldn't stand it so they started fighting over it and made a big hole in it. Since they both looked terrified I didn't yell at them. I thought I could unwind it, No Way, threw it out.
As for my clicker, I took it put a safety pin through it put it on my laniard I use for the YMCA and use it to count my laps when I walk. I've gone back to pencil and paper to count.
Rosanne
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Queen Knitsalot
Permanent Resident

USA
1331 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2006 :  05:06:47 AM  Show Profile Send Queen Knitsalot a Private Message  Reply with Quote
While frogging a couple of rows of an Aran style sweater and cursing under my breath at the stoooopid mistake I made I had to stop for something or another and leave the room for a while. When I returned, my entire sweater back had been ripped out and rolled neatly into a ball. Standing there speechless, I looked at hubby. "Did that help?" he asks so sweetly? As a result of the next few moments of temporary insanity on my part he circles around any knitting he sees giving about a three foot margin. And this was years ago!!
The worst I have treated yarn: When I was about 8 yo and my Gramma gave me a hank of some tangled up stuff and told me if I could untangle it I could have it. I didn't have funds for yarn (25 cents a week allowance) So I readily agreed. After about two hours of trying to untangle it I lost it. Got Moms "good scissors" and chopped that mess into itty bitty slivers. I then took it all outside and buried it in the garden so no one would know.[:00]

suzanne
"The most wasted day in all our lives is the day on which we have not laughed"--I wish I knew
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charitablecrafters
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USA
4 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2006 :  05:16:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit charitablecrafters's Homepage Send charitablecrafters a Private Message  Reply with Quote
While knitting on the bus, I dropped my yarn on the floor. As I was at the front of the bus, it naturally rolled under all the seats and ended up on the floor at the back of the bus. It was a very Zen moment...I learned in a heartbeat about impermanence. I broke the yarn off my project and put the needles back in my purse. Thankfully it wasn't alpaca!

Tina
www.charitablecrafters.org
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mkfromKansas
Chatty Knitter

339 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2006 :  06:19:43 AM  Show Profile Send mkfromKansas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My yarn abuse comes to mind when I am frogging some ill-conceived garment and I am hand re-winding the yarn into a ball. It reminds me of the times I was braiding my girls hair and pulled way too tight in the vain hope it would stay neat at least to 9 a.m. Am I striving to stretch my yarn into submission? My kids hair never got subdued either.
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RobA
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Posted - 07/20/2006 :  08:12:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
I've never gotten the "You're knitting wrong." comment - Mostly the "That's for girls!" 'cause I'm a boy. :P I just say "So's dating boys, but I do that too!"


Aidan, that's hilarious. I suddenly discovered that I have a cop voice, when my sister stepped toward my knitting back and reached for something gorgeous I was knitting. I heard myself roar, "Step AWAY from the yarn." The entire family cracked up.

On the other hand, the kitty honeymoon has ended, and one of my new cats, who at first appeared to be ignoring my yarn, is discovering it in places I had forgotten about! Found her walking out of the guest room holding a skein of Jo Sharp DK in her mouth. I am not sure what kind of sound came out of my mouth but both cats bolted, leaving yarn behind. And I am waiting for a coffee disaster -- I keep noticing how close to my knitting those coffee cups get.

Rob http://roberta.typepad.com/robknits/
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cshardie
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3 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2006 :  08:21:38 AM  Show Profile Send cshardie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just realized I have plenty of examples of someone else mauling my yarn. With pictures! http://www.flickr.com/photos/hardielander/188508143/ The next photo in the set shows the rest of the ball as it continued on through the french doors into the back yard....

My 3 year old loves to run off with my working yarn and "hide" the ball. Usually I can just re-wrap it from wherever I'm sitting. But sometimes I have to track down the ball and clean it up a bit. With all the mentions of grease and food spoiling yarn, I probably should start paying more attention to where she runs with mine. But it's usually not very expensive yarn and she usually only runs through the house and stuffs it into one of her dresser drawers.

I don't think [iI've[/i] done anything particuarly nasty to my yarn, yet. But I'm new at knitting, there's still time.
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lacylaine
Seriously Hooked

USA
993 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2006 :  09:19:03 AM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I recently bought a Mini Kacha Kacha from Patternworks. It is green and has a hole at the end to thread a cord through. I wear it around my neck. Even knitting at home, no matter where I placed my counter, I would have to hunt for it at the end of every row/round! Now I can't lose it. Also, it does have a tiny lever on it to lock the numbers in place. Don't have any tricksters around here but some of you might want to get one. Come to think of it, get two, one for you and one for hubby!

I never thought of it as yarn abuse but I do use some of the more brightly colored Redheart to tie things up in the garden. It's also handy to tie a longish piece onto any branches you plan to clip over the winter. Come January, the bright colors remind me to get to work!

Melanie in Indiana

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

2 FOs; 6 to go!
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weB2cats
Warming Up

USA
61 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2006 :  10:21:29 AM  Show Profile  Send weB2cats a Yahoo! Message Send weB2cats a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I meticulously wash my hands before touching [any] knit project I'm working on. that way, I do not have to wash anything in the end. In the summer I love to work on knits and can't see stretching the yarns further with unnecessary washings. I can't believe someone would go to all the work of making a lovely cotton item and then taking a chance of stretching it. Nobody touches my yarn, except the playful swat by kitten initiating play. But no no to kitty. Those claws can shred yarn like no tool yet invented![**]
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Janice
Warming Up

USA
94 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2006 :  10:52:35 AM  Show Profile Send Janice a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use waste yarn the way guys use duct tape. It's a drawer pull on a storage dresser. It's holding together some broken headphones.

Janice
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JannyW
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USA
28 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2006 :  12:36:30 PM  Show Profile Send JannyW a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by llinn

The fact that my husband still breaths is testament only to my tolerance and his speed. He likes to wait until I'm trying to count cast on stitches or verify a stitch coundt and spew out random numbers as I am counting under my breath. Since this inevitably confuses me and I loose my count...



Isn't it amazing how people will do that? Makes me furious!!

I passed my knitting to a friend to "see how nicely this yarn works up" ... she took it from me and in the process pulled it completely off the needles. It was a lacy pattern, so it unraveled all over itself. I eventually had to frog the whole thing & start it over.

I usually take my knitting to Weight Watchers, and invariably someone will come over to see what I'm doing. Unfortunately, since it's a morning meeting, people are usually eating breakfast after they weigh-in. Granola, yogurt, even oatmeal, have been deposited on whatever my current project is. Yuck





~~Jan~~

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
-- John Lennon
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andielib
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17 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2006 :  12:59:01 PM  Show Profile Send andielib a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I know this is totally antisocial, but I hate knitting in the lunchroom at work. Every 30 seconds someone else comes in the room and says, "Oooh, what are you making? Who's it for? Can I see? Blah Blah Blah..." and I have to stop knitting so they can see, and in another 30 seconds someone else comes in and I have to have the same conversation all over again. I am a friendly person and I like talking about my knitting, but this is EXACTLY THE SAME conversation over and over ad nauseum and I don't get any knitting done.

Not as bad as getting your knitting slimed, but it drives me crazy.
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dschmidt
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3995 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2006 :  2:06:04 PM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by chellethinques
I still feel guilty about how I reacted, but after I cooled off we had a good talk about not messing with other people's projects



Don't feel guilty -- it is better to learn some of these lessons from the people who love us than some boss down the road, who can fire us. Losing one's cool is very human and children are very forgiving if it is not a constant behavior. Since you had a lovely discussion and he learned from it, let it go. You're both better people now.

Donna in VA
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Tabbico
Seriously Hooked

USA
960 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2006 :  3:49:42 PM  Show Profile Send Tabbico a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Janice

I use waste yarn the way guys use duct tape. It's a drawer pull on a storage dresser. It's holding together some broken headphones.

Janice



ROFLMAO!!! So do I! I use it instead of ribbon on gifts and to tie my computer wires together. When my fan belt let go a few years ago, I had some yarn in my car and used it to juryrig a makeshift belt that allowed me to limp home. I also used some to tie together my wheel fairing on my airplane after it lost a bolt.

Who needs duct tape?

Polly
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mamid
Permanent Resident

Canada
1568 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2006 :  5:06:42 PM  Show Profile  Send mamid a Yahoo! Message Send mamid a Private Message  Reply with Quote
definately not ducts.

I use it for similar things too. I used it to build a fence - stupid red heart acrylic so icky I should have thrown it out. DS uses it for pulley experiments. I just lost about 4 or 5 metres of a Patons yarn today thanks to him. I don't think the computer chair will ever be the same.

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KnittAR
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
575 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2006 :  9:52:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit KnittAR's Homepage Send KnittAR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I save red heart just for kids projects, or tying junk up. I didn't think that counted as yarn abuse. Poor red heart.

Later....AR
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mamid
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Canada
1568 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2006 :  10:10:19 PM  Show Profile  Send mamid a Yahoo! Message Send mamid a Private Message  Reply with Quote
depends on the red heart. Some of it is actually useful for kids stuff. Other? crafts. definately crafts. Not knitting or crocheting.

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jayklingel@yahoo.com
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8 Posts

Posted - 07/21/2006 :  07:43:19 AM  Show Profile  Send jayklingel@yahoo.com a Yahoo! Message Send jayklingel@yahoo.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My dog, Emma, when she gets rambunctious and takes off with my current project's yarn caught in her collar's buckle. I never scold...I just suck up my lower lip and figure out where I am in the pattern.
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kyrn60
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5 Posts

Posted - 07/23/2006 :  7:25:41 PM  Show Profile Send kyrn60 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Do dogs count???? I had just finished knitting all the pieces for my first sweater (beautiful spring colors; teal, yellow, white, blue) put them in my bag then on the kitchen chair. There they sat all night. Went to church the next morning and when I came home and opened the door, I was greeted with a living room full of mangled yarn. As the tears were flowing down my face I took stock of the damage as the 3 culprits ran out the door. Thank goodness only a sleeve was destroyed and the rest of the decorations came from an unraveled leftover skein. I think the neighbors still wonder what kind of a person stands in their driveway with yarn trailing all around them yelling at the 3 large dogs that still stare adoringly at her.
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