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Old 02-28-2006, 12:47 PM   #101
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Oh! I just got one yesterday when I stopped by work at home. One of the pharmacists has a daughter who just started college. The daughter crochets and all her roommates knit. I mentioned that my roommate knits and people tease about it, especially since we're always baking things, too. So then she says, "you're not very progressive women, are you?" I kind of laughed with her and then thought about it later in the car. What's not progressive about creating something for your own enjoyment out of practically nothing? What's not progressive about doing something for yourself instead of going out and buying it?
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Old 02-28-2006, 01:11 PM   #102
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Re: Don't have time
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I don't understand the comment

"I wish I had time to knit."

:rollseyes: This is while they are at a weekend basketball tournament, (plenty of time during the games and in between the games), or
while sitting at their daughter's dance class, or
while sitting at the kids practices, or
while sitting drinking coffee with friends. :rollseyes:

I knit everywhere. I think I knit more out in public than I do at home.
I HATE this one. The moms at the school where I teach say things like this. As if to say 'you obviously do not do enough in your life if you have time to knit'.
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Old 02-28-2006, 01:33 PM   #103
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Originally Posted by CateKnits
Oh! I just got one yesterday when I stopped by work at home. One of the pharmacists has a daughter who just started college. The daughter crochets and all her roommates knit. I mentioned that my roommate knits and people tease about it, especially since we're always baking things, too. So then she says, "you're not very progressive women, are you?" I kind of laughed with her and then thought about it later in the car. What's not progressive about creating something for your own enjoyment out of practically nothing? What's not progressive about doing something for yourself instead of going out and buying it?

okay that would have made me go off and it would have turned into some ugly political rant! :rofling:
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Old 02-28-2006, 03:00 PM   #104
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I'm pretty timid, so I didn't bother. Besides, she wasn't trying to be nasty or start anything. She's one of those people that's just sometimes insulting without realizing it. She's not worth fighting with, either.
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Old 03-01-2006, 12:13 AM   #105
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What's not progressive is saying that a woman HAS to do something - Whether it be getting a career or staying home. Truly progressive people are all about letting people CHOOSE what path their life should take - Career Woman, Wife and Mother, or Both.
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Old 03-01-2006, 12:59 AM   #106
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Originally Posted by AidanM
What's not progressive is saying that a woman HAS to do something - Whether it be getting a career or staying home. Truly progressive people are all about letting people CHOOSE what path their life should take - Career Woman, Wife and Mother, or Both.
Well said, Aidan! I used to be a "career woman" up until Oct of last year. I hated every single second of it. I was the sole network administrator for a regional office and a lot got dumped on me. DH works from home as freelance 3d modeler/graphic artist and together we couldn't afford to live in southern CA. So, I quit my job, we moved to Colorado Springs and I don't work. I "only" knit and quilt and take care of my doggie (who is recovering from a couple surgeries, as mentioned in a couple other threads). I consider myself darn progressive for taking this path! And, by the way, DH is happy as long as I'm happy! And no, I'm not a sahm, unless you count my furbaby as my child.
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Old 03-01-2006, 02:32 PM   #107
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Most of the comments I get are the granny type ones... regardless of whether or not I need a date with Miss Clairol or not. Most of the people I work with are used to seeing me knit or crochet on my breaks, so I usually just get "what are you making now?" comments. One morning as I was getting ready to leave, the day shift was sitting at my usual table, and I grabbed my bag of knitting. "oh! *you're* the knitter!" I guess they'd all been looking at my various projects over the weeks and curious as to who on the night shift knitted! The department manager for crafts and fabrics teases me all the time that I don't do any housework or anything, or when do I sleep? My answer always is: Well I need something to do to stay awake until my kids get home from school and I can go to bed finally!

My DH is funny though... he can explain what frogging is, and how certain hooks or needles are better than others, but when I'm knitting something new, he'll ask me "what are you crocheting now?". Or if I bring along a project {like HIS socks}, "you got your crocheting with you?". I guess he's so used to me doing nothing but crocheting {and that's all that anyone in his family does}, that it's the only thing he can think of!!

What I found TOTALLY cool recently was with the KO. I have a manager that I don't get along with very well, but she has her moments. Since the booger was the only project I was bringing back and forth with me to work, she got to learn the story behind it at bit {our bags are checked by management before we leave}. Towards the end, she had asked me if I finished, and even if I had gotten my gold medal This from a non-crafter that would probably have no better goal in life than to see me quit my job!!!! {And she wants to see it when I bring it in on Thursday night!!!}
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Originally Posted by nicolethegeek
{our bags are checked by management before we leave}.


okay my love of walmart has been well documented on these forums but color me shocked and appalled! i get the reason but i am still shocked and appalled!
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Old 03-01-2006, 04:12 PM   #109
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ohh I didn't know they did that... its great that she asked you about it and wants to see it!!
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Not progressive???

What is not progressive about NOT being shackled to someone else's idea of identity? Honestly thats a woman head'n for a heart attack!

I just discovered that my lys has a class/ discussion group on how to handle pesky nay-sayers. Priceless really! :D

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