Amusing compliment

I was wearing my Rib Warmer vest this AM. (Can be seen here if you like:

A woman says to me “That’s a lovely sweater or vest” as she touched it and examined the color.

I said “Thank you,” slight pause, and then with a touch of knitterly pride added, “I made it.”

She says “Did you really?!” sounding somewhat amazed.

I started to say “yes… so really, thank you.”

But she continued on with “not that you don’t look like a completely intelligent and capable person, but wow, neat that you made that.”

I was not insulted at all and didn’t take her surprise at my making its as anything but general admiration. In fact I chuckled when she tried to explain away her surprise. So I told her that her compliment reminded me of this quote: “Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands, and slightly below-average intelligence. Of course superior intelligence, such as yours and mine, is an advantage.” by Elizabeth Zimmerman, and the vest was designed by her as well. She wasn’t a knitter but that made her laugh.

The whole interaction just was very amusing to me. If it doesn’t sound as funny to you I guess you had to be there.

that was funny



People are often amazed (or confused) when I tell them I made whatever it is they just said they like.

:teehee: That is funny.

My coworkers all know I knit, so they love to admire my handknits. One day I was wearing my Besotted scarf, made from 2 hanks of Malabrigo in Sealing Wax color, and a coworker who knows nothing about knitting asked if I would make her one. After humorously doing the calculations in front of her I said, sorry, but I can’t make you this scarf for $2 an hour. I would be happy to gift you one though. She then said she would pick out her favorite yarn and buy enough for her scarf and for me as the “reward”. I told her the last time that happened was 2 years ago, and I still have the sock yarn in the stash. When I say I’ll knit you something, I never do say when!:roflhard:

Exactly why I don’t like to knit “on request”, I hate time limits

I wonder, would they be silly enough to expect it to be made of bricks? :wink:

–Jack :guyknitting: