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Old 11-01-2011, 09:06 AM   #11
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The experience nonny2t is irked about, and I totally agree she has reason to be irked, is why he waited a long time for it. That's one heck of a big blanket, crocheted in basketweave in navy, very hard to see to work on. I think it would more than cover the top of a queen bed. It is nice to have people appreciate what we do.

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Old 11-01-2011, 11:11 PM   #12
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Soon after I met my husband's family, I decided to never knit or crochet an afghan for my MIL. She owns a beautifully crocheted afghan from a friend of hers, and the only way she ever uses it is for a cat bed! Now some of you love your cats and don't mind them sleeping all over your handiwork, but I'm NOT one of those people. If the only thing you can use my hard work for is a pet bed, then you don't need what I'm making--and you'll never get what I make either!!!

The other person who probably won't get much from me is my very own mom. I've made her a couple of things, and twice now she didn't really seem to like them until either someone else wanted it or she saw someone wearing a similar item.

Yeah, family--I love them dearly, but that doesn't mean I'm their doormat or their vending machine!
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Old 11-09-2011, 03:38 AM   #13
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Antares, my mom is like yours in that respect. Though I am lucky enough to have had a MIL totally opposite yours. Mine was a dedicated knitter her whole life and we're fortunate enough to have several of her gorgeous aran patterned afghans.

Before I learned to knit by hand, I was a new machine knitter and made her an afghan. By that time she couldn't see (it was shortly before she passed away), but she went over the entire thing by touch, marveling at how even the stitches were and immensely pleased that I had made something for her.

When it comes to family, I've espoused an "it is what it is" philosophy, and treasure those jewels I've been fortunate to find.
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:10 AM   #14
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You should feel irked. You have every reason to feel irked. I feel irked just reading about it!

The next time you get a text, phone message or email from anyone in your family requesting knit-this-or-that (and you will!)...just ignore the text, phone message or email. If they happen to catch you on the phone, and ask about it, say WHAT TEXT? WHAT MESSAGE? WHAT EMAIL?

People like this don't deserve you. I know you love them, but love them by not knitting for them. They'll love you for it, and love themselves more because they're not using you.

The old saying goes, "Get walked on once, shame on them. Get walked on again, shame on me."
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:51 PM   #15
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Maybe this is the pattern you need for those ingrates!

http://www.knitpicks.com/cfpatterns/...paign=BE111212

Love this one, we even have the same name. I think I'm going to make some up as jokes.
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:27 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
Maybe this is the pattern you need for those ingrates!

http://www.knitpicks.com/cfpatterns/...paign=BE111212

Love this one, we even have the same name. I think I'm going to make some up as jokes.

GG, that's an awesome little snarky pattern!!!!
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:59 PM   #17
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jpc, that was from the Knitpicks email today. They have snow people too. http://www.knitpicks.com/cfpatterns/...SnowmenPattern I'm having trouble getting that one to download. :(
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:33 AM   #18
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Wow, are you ever right to be irked. And I can think of much stronger ways to put it, too. In regard to handmade knit presents, I've learned that some people get it, and some don't. For the few who don't, I figure, never again.
You responded correctly and in a very tactful way. Maybe the message has finally gotten across..
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jpc, that was from the Knitpicks email today. They have snow people too. http://www.knitpicks.com/cfpatterns/...SnowmenPattern I'm having trouble getting that one to download. :(

I'm so glad you read their email! I simply can't anymore, too much luscious yarn temptation and I resemble Betty Rubble & Wilma Flinstone going shopping - CHAAARGE IT!!! I can't injure my debit card anymore this year at KnitPicks. Mercifully, NEXT year is almost here...
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