30 Days of Knitting Questions – Day 22

Continuing my posts from the tumblr account Crafts and Such that has a list of 30 knitting questions; one for each day.

Day 22: Have you ever stricken someone off your to-knit-for list because they didn’t appreciate/take care of your last knitted gift to them?

No I work in the opposite way.  I’ll move someone up on the list if they appreciate it.  Right now my sister Lisa is completely ahead of everyone on that list.  Then my FL sister, Cindy.  Then everyone else kind of randomly falls after that.

Lisa is on the top for a few reasons.  First, she actually asked me to make something that she had a specific purpose for.  Then she continued to show interest and that got her two scarves.  Plus she let me take pictures with her wearing them and that put her up even further on the list if she asks again.  The other thing is she’s told me when she wears the socks I made her and she told me about wearing other stuff I knit for her too.

Cindy also asked for stuff but it was more general.  She hasn’t sent me pictures and I have no idea if she’s ever worn or used anything I made.  She’s still high on the list because I think if she lived closer it would be different. She’s been excited whenever she’s gotten anything so I’m going to have to assume she likes it.

What does move people down on the list is when they randomly ask for stuff they don’t really want.  Because they think it would be neat.  Knitting stuff takes a long time so it irritates me when people start throwing out random ideas without thought of what it would take.  That’s one of the reasons I make sure to include to time on all my finished objects.

So if you want something knitted by me here is how to get it:

1. Ask me.  Be very straight forward with what you want and when you want it.  Any subtlety will just annoy me.  You want something, ask for it.

2. Have a reason for what you want.  e.g. my mom was cold at work a lot so she asked for a shawl.

3. Ask about the progress.  Yes it can be nagging but it also shows your interest and that you actually want what you asked for.

4. After I give you something tell me if you use it or why you don’t.  I’d rather know something didn’t fit or wasn’t the right color than sit around wondering about it.

5. Pictures.  Send me pictures of you using or wearing what I knitted.  This will almost guarantee I’ll make the next thing you ask for.

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