Sunday, September 10, 2006

Lazy Sunday

Today was a slow day, just bumming around, knitting, watching a movie, then the really fun stuff like cleaning the bathroom and the kitchen.


Once football started, I made myself a cup of Constant Comment and sat down with the We Call Them Pirates hat. Funnest project evah! I just started this thing on Friday evening, and it has sped by, probably because the pattern is so fun to see emerge that it's hard to stop working on it.

I was in the LYS on Friday asking for help with a provisional cast-on and the store owner told me she thought this pattern was going to be too difficult for me. What the hell?!? I had never even met this woman before. And, of course, this is the same store I complained about before. So why do I keep going back? Because it's close by and I'm an idiot.

One thing I have learned to be when it comes to knitting is fearless, and her discouraging comments only increased my determination. Plus, the stupid woman didn't even know how to do a provisional cast-on. She had to get out her reference book and showed me something involving a crochet hook.

Anyway, my husband saw a photo of this hat online and decided he wanted one. So this one's for him. The project is so very entertaining though that I might make myself one too. I was thinking of doing it in pink and green, just for fun.


Speaking of the husband, here he is with Elly "watching" football. Doesn't he know schnauzers prefer soccer?

The worst part is I know that if I stole the remote and changed channels, he would instantly wake up and I'd be busted. Bleh. Football sucks.

19 comments:

bbstewart said...

That's a great hat, can't wait to see finished picks.

Kay said...

I have a clue which LYS you are speaking about. I've found them very less than friendly. One woman acted as if she had to smile her face would crack. It's a shame, they have some nice yarn. I wonder what their business would be like if they were FRIENDLY and HELPFUL!!?? lol

schrodinger said...

That hat has been calling my name too. That LYS sounds horrible, I hate it when people are rude like that - it's amazing how they keep customers going there. sheeeesh!

Fannie Pie said...

Love the pirate hat... you may have it done for national talk like a pirate day (sept 19, seriousely)

I love these pirate socks....
http://katydidknits.digital-arcana.com/documents/JackSparrowSocks.pdf#search=%22knit%20pirate%20socks%22

also, mean people suck.

Melinda said...

Yay -- I love that hat! I used Adriane's skull pattern to make a bag for my SIL's Xmas present last year.

Melinda

Melissa said...

LOL at your hubby "watching" football. My hubby does the same thing with fishing shows and gets pissed if I dare change the channel. LOL
The LYS lady sounds like she just didn't know how to do it so she didn't want to have to figure it out.

Marianne said...

Emma, you find some of the greatest projects! I've printed that one out already, looks like fun. Also, the provisional cast on is done with waste yarn and...a crochet hook, not my favourite but it does serve its purpose.
I'm trying to figure out which yarn shop it is...and can only think of two to pick from...and personally..at any given moment? a crap shoot.
looking forward to seeing the hat finished...football? only if you need a nap...escape...

Beth S. said...

How annoying! Knit the gorgeous hat, block it perfectly, and then wear it proudly the next time you go in there. Heh. ;-)

(If it fits your head, that is... I have a big old noggin, so I can wear certain of my husband's hats.)

Rhonda said...

Glad you didn't listen to her. Don't let anyone stop you from trying something you really love. Love that pattern too.

luckydogknits said...

Tell your "Honey" that there is never anything wrong with a guy who will nap with his pooch on the couch. which one is sweeter?

Joanne M said...

I hate defeatist people like that - *especially* when it comes to knitting! I'm SO curious to know which store it was (I'm out of the loop on Tulsa knit-store gossip)... ahem, anyway, great work on the hat, it's looking lovely and your hubby and doggie are too cute.

Knitty Cat said...

I've got a LYS like that. I'm boycotting the place. The only reason I went there last time is because Stepehanie Pearl-McPhee was there. Now that she's gone, it's back to boycotting.

aija said...

I hate discouragement, esp. at the LYS! As a new knitter I went into a really nice indi yarn store to buy double pointed needles, and was told hats are SO hard (too hard for me I guess!) I've since discovered a super helpful (and closer!) lys and love patronizing them :)

Adrian said...

Obviously you are a fantastic knitter, because you are cruising right along on the hat and it looks great, to boot.

I'm glad you didn't email me about the provisional cast on. I'd have made you get out a crochet hook, too! :p

Jae said...

It's a shame they took that attitude! It's in their best interest to encourage your knitting pursuits - how else would they have customers?? And a really smart business person would have taken the opportunity to have you join a class that taught different cast on methods.

You have obviously proven them wrong because I think it looks great!!

Jana said...

Hey, my husband watches football the exact same way! And he is psychically connected to the remote also! This is why in the fall I think I'm going to start having "podcast sundays" and just put the ipod on and leave it there. Your hat looks great!

Sharon said...

Oh wont it be sweet to take the finished hat in and wave it under thier obvious snooty noses ;)

Morgan said...

I cannot believe that that woman would say something like that. Bad customer service really hurts a business. The hat looks great though!

Sheri at The Loopy Ewe said...

Ok - reading about you making a cup of Constant Comment and settling down to knit just made me want to get off the computer and go knit. How did you do that?? :-)

Loved reading your post and glad to find you. Sorry about the LYS experience. I don't understand stores/attitudes like that.

Can't wait to see the hat finished.