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Old 02-26-2005, 12:57 AM   #1
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Why does this annoy me?
Set scene: I (Nik) am knitting in any given public place

Random Old Lady (ROL): Ooooh Goodness I see you are knitting

Nik: (smiling) Yes, yes I am

ROL: Oh how nice, that is the in thing right now isn't it?

Nik:


Ok, I am not now nor never have been a "because other people are doing it" kind of person. Yes, I did just learn how to knit... but I didn't know it was the "in" thing to do and even if it was the most out thing to do... I would be doing it. I am not 12. (well, even at 12 I was rocking some pretty awesome vintage clothes that were quite out at the time) I do what I want because I want to.

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Old 02-26-2005, 01:04 AM   #2
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Don't worry about what other people say...do it because you enjoy it! It may be the "in thing" to do now but in 10 years when it's no longer a fad and you are still knitting, well, you'll know it was because you love it not because it was a passing fad. Fads aren't bad things though...it has meant a lot of lovely yarns on the marketplace to choose from that wouldn't be there if there wasn't the "demand".
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Old 02-26-2005, 01:19 AM   #3
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I totally hear you! I get a similar reaction about this site. "Oh, aren't you clever to be releasing this new site just in time to take advantage of this new craze!" As if I decided to make this site because I wanted to hop on the band wagon or something. (I'm just a knitter, who happens to have a web designer husband, and, you know, one thing naturally led to the next....)

"It's not about the craze!" We'll have to march in the streets with our needles clicking away, and shout this. "We're doing it because we WANT to! REALLY!!!!"

Think it'll ever get through?

It's like being told, "Wow, you like to eat Indian food, eh? It sure is becomming trendy." No...people are just realizing it's yummy!! LOL.

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Old 02-26-2005, 11:35 AM   #4
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I've had the same thing said to me!

I just shrug and don't reply. Although I started knitting in 1998 (was it a craze then? Don't think so!) I just don't bother responding 'cos it's not worth it.

I just happen to love knitting, and love the stuff I make by knitting.

And I'm quite proud of my ability to make something out of nothing (ok, not nothing, but you get my meaning right?!) and I agree that's pretty cool! But being cool is the side effect not the reason I knit!
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Old 02-26-2005, 12:14 PM   #5
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I just beat them to it and say, you know, it is THE thing to do these days. Then what can they say? I really don't care what THEY think.

And like the rest of you, I had no idea it was popular or THE thing until I started searching for information and realizing it was out there.

I have been trying to learn to knit on and off all my life whenever I had the time. Just never was succesful until I found this wonderful web site. Never could figure out what the heck some of the written directions meant and when I tried to follow what I thought they meant, I ended up with some pretty weird results.

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Old 02-26-2005, 12:15 PM   #6
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My annoyance doesn't come from strangers, but people I know. My friends, coworkers and even my mother make fun of me all the time. They consider knitting a "granny" hobby and that young people who knit must be boring people. I just laugh at them and even more when they ask me to make them or their kids something.
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Old 02-26-2005, 01:09 PM   #7
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i started knitting in 98 too egeria!

like you all, i don't think i knit because it is the in thing to do, but I AM very much enjoying all the resources, information, great new yarns, and patterns available because it is.

if it really bothers you, say that: actually, i've been a knitter for years, but i like that it is enjoying so much popularity right now because....
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Old 02-26-2005, 01:21 PM   #8
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I knit because it's the "in" thing to do. JK :P

I guess since I recently started, you could say that I have jumped on this bandwagon like so many others. Really though, I didn't start because everyone else started doing it. I've always wanted to knit.

One of my main goals is to knit sweaters that FIT!!! Did you know that most tops are designed to fit a woman with a B-cup bra size? I won't go into all my body measurements here, but lets just say I don't fit into the standard norm of clothing sizes. Actually, let me rephrase that. I don't fit any where close to the standard norm of clothing sizes.

When I go into a store to try on a top and it doesn't fit, then that's it. I have to keep looking and hope that "one day" I will eventually find something. When I knit a sweater, then I will get it to fit me perfectly, even if I have to "tink" it several times. I know that the finished product WILL fit and fit me well for that matter.

There are other reasons that I knit. This is just what's on my mind the most right now
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Old 02-26-2005, 01:31 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by beldaraan
One of my main goals is to knit sweaters that FIT!!! Did you know that most tops are designed to fit a woman with a B-cup bra size? I won't go into all my body measurements here, but lets just say I don't fit into the standard norm of clothing sizes. Actually, let me rephrase that. I don't fit any where close to the standard norm of clothing sizes.
Same here. I've gotten side tracked and haven't actually finished a sweater yet, but that was my original intention. And it was a LOT easier to quit smoking being a knitter.

When people comment on me KIP and the "trendiness" of it, I try to make myself as wierd as possible: "OH MY FISH REALLY?????? This is a sweater for my 5-legged dog Teakweinishkabo, but he's leaving on the spaceship tonight to so he can control our eyelids with the moonbeams. Do you like salad?" Then I start humming O Canada and drooling. They usually leave me alone.

I do this more for my entertainment then to make them go away.
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Old 02-26-2005, 04:27 PM   #10
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PERHAPS THE ROL WAS LONELY AND LOOKING FOR CONVERSATION.

Often time when i knit in a public place someone will ask me what i am knitting. I take it as a compliment.

When that happens i put my needles down and carry on a pleasant conversation with that person. I have met the nicest ROL'S and formed friendships with them.

People are not asking about your knitting to be rude or for that matter to bother you. Perhaps in their younger years they too knitted and envy you!
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