It has gotten to the point where no matter what I'm wearing, if it is in the knit family, someone will ask if I made it--even a Land's End cotton sweater. (I'd have had to use size 000 needles and thread
). Everyone at works knows I knit, so I think they're covering their bases.
I can recognize a hand knit sweater, usually, not because it's "less than" store-bought, but uniquely beautiful.