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Published on March 13th, 2016 | by Angie

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8 things knitters don’t want to admit

Deep, dark knitting secrets – which ones are you guilty of?

We all have knitting secrets: yarn hidden under the couch, abandoned WIPs hiding in the back of the cabinet, and more tote and project bags than you can shake a stick at. Which of these 8 memes represent things you don’t want to admit about your knitting?

8 things knitters don't want to admit: knitting memes on LoveKnitting

We don’t like to admit when a project gets the better of us (or we get bored with it), but it certainly does happen. Whether you’re ripping out something for the tenth time because you keep messing up the short rows, or whether you’re tearing out a project that’s been abandoned for the better part of a decade, frogging can be a process of many emotions.

8 things knitters don't want to admit: knitting memes at LoveKnitting

I’m sure that every knitter is completely and totally fulfilled and invigorated by their job at all times, right? We might not want to admit how often we look at the clock, willing it to be the end of our shifts so that we can go home, curl up under a blanket, and knit our problems away. (Just don’t tell your boss.)

8 things knitters don't want to admit: knitting memes on LoveKnitting

We all know that New Year’s Resolutions are dangerous territory, and gyms that are full on January 2nd are empty by March. Even though knitting is great for mental health, it’s not considered part of the cardiovascular exercise that we all need to stay healthy. Maybe if you knit really fast while jump-roping?

8 things knitters don't want to admit: knitting memes on LoveKnitting

Yarn under the couch, yarn in the closet, yarn in the….freezer? If you’re smuggling new yarn into the house so your other half doesn’t notice, then you are definitely guilty. If only they understood that a stash can never be big enough…

8 things knitters don't want to admit: knitting memes on LoveKnitting

We might not want to admit that people perpetually asking (demanding) handmade things gets annoying, but it does. Non-knitters don’t understand the amount of effort that goes into knitting something, and so they tend to request (demand) that we make them something – even if we aren’t particularly close.

8 things knitters don't want to admit: knitting memes on LoveKnitting

I see you, party animals. To us, a party is a cup of strong coffee, Netflix, and 3 new balls of 100% baby alpaca yarn. Who needs expensive clubs and cab rides home when you can wake up to a new hat?

8 things knitters don't want to admit: knitting memes on LoveKnitting

Knitters have some serious focus when you get down to it. Sure, we might have 850 unfinished projects, but we have a special kind of focus and stick-to-it attitude that means we always win. Except in Monopoly.

8 things knitters don't want you to know: knitting memes on LoveKnitting

We all stay up too late knitting: “Just one more row” turns into stumbling into bed at 5am. “Just one more row” has also caused us to be late to events, like our weddings. (Just me on that one, then?)

What things do you keep as a knitting secret?

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Last updated: March 10th, 2016.

44 Responses to 8 things knitters don’t want to admit

  1. Bev says:

    There are so many great sock patterns…and I start one pair, dream up another, start a few more, since I love “short row heel day” when I do nothing else but knit the heels, eat, feed both husband and the cat! What a joy, to be so self indulgent!!!

  2. Wendy Pence says:

    I have a baby blanket WIP that I started and got about 2/3 done before my youngest daughter was born. It still sits unfinished in a special basket with the yarn to complete it, hook tucked in as though I just set it down. She just turned 13 years old!!! Well, maybe I’ll get around to it when she has a baby girl herself someday, right? (Because it’s so beautiful that I just can’t bear to frog it) LOL

  3. Purrlie says:

    I’m not ashamed to admit I frog. My knitting motto is “Finish or Frog”. If I grow bored, disenchanted, or mess up a piece so badly it will take as long to fix as it took to knit this far, it goes straight to the frog pond.

    I’d much rather have the yarn ready and waiting or a fresh, new project that sitting around on the needles for weeks, months, or years making me feel guilty because I’d much rather be working on something else.

    I always frog with a light heart and absolutely no regrets.

    • Margaret Ann says:

      Your so sensible with the “light heart” approach to frogging Purrlie. I try to feel that way (state of mind is so powerful) but despair and panic sets in when you know you shouldn’t be knitting due to other commitments at the time. I’m also like you in that I’d rather have a ready-to-go project waiting around rather than a sad dodgy one. Cheers and happy knitting..

  4. morag broadfoot says:

    I am the worse one when it comes to buying wool to add to my stash , however I get such a thrill thinking about another project, I can’t help myself. My husband is longsuffering and thinks there is worse things I could be spending my money on.
    Also I am a soft touch for folks wanting me to do knitting or sewing for them, I can’t say no , hence my stash never decreases. Hey Ho . such is life.
    For the past year I have been knitting squares for a blanket for my sons pal, 3/4s of the way there. enjoyed doing it, but now I just want it finished.
    Don’t like frogging it . I see it as a challenge. Love knitting, made some nice pals because of it.

  5. Rainbowqueen17 says:

    I’m addicted to knitting patterns.I buy them then find they’ve modern knitting terms with circular needles needed and instructions that aren’t written as they used to be.I don’t understand the circular needle jumpers and all the new modern terms that’s used today.so I’ve a large amount of downloaded patterns I will never get to do…

    • Mel says:

      Is there a local craft group you could go to? Someone would be happy to show you, I’m sure.

  6. Linda says:

    Guilty of all of the above but don’t feel guilty

  7. Marion says:

    I indulge in pattern buying, paper patterns filled up 1 small 4 shelves book case and digital patterns cause my iPad storage full.
    I feel most guilty is having countless projects have all parts knitted but stored in bags to wait for sewing them together. My family always ask “you are knitting all the time but how come you are always wearing the old ones”. So I have stash of yarns and stash of knitted pieces. I love reading the patterns and want to knit everyone so once I finished knitting one I go on to start a new one. Don’t want to waste my time to sew them up.
    Sometimes I dream about knitting and what new project to start. I told my friends they think I am a bit crazy and an addict.

    • Corinne says:

      You could be writing for me!!! Seeing those projects up is the worse!!! I’ve even had someone else do that for me a couple times now! 6-10 items at a time for them!! And I’m on to start another project! Love love love yarn and fabric and patterns!

  8. Mary says:

    I have a sweater that I call the forever sweater. I think it has been on the needle for about 4 years now. Other projects just keep coming to mind to do and I don’t seem to get back to it.

  9. Coleen mckechnie says:

    What does wip stand for. I’m life long knitter but only just discovered the internet at 65 years old

  10. Coleen mckechnie says:

    Just discovered just knitting looking forward to seeing more

  11. Jean says:

    I’ve got an afghan 3/4’s of the way finished that I started 42 years ago! It was my first knitting project and I just got tired of it. Sometimes my adult daughter also works on it. My plan is to be finished with it before I meet my just reward but if not, my daughter knows what she’s got ahead of her 🙂

  12. Rurh Janzen says:

    A favourite comment (NOT) is that’s so lovely you should sell your items. What would you pay, I ask…. $20.00 – about a quarter the cost of the yarn to say nothing of the work!!!

    • Corinne says:

      My ‘favourite’ pet peeve! My mother has this beautiful fine fine bed spread that my grandmother crocheted. It was so lovely Mom had it on her dining table. A friend walked by admiring it saying, ‘I’ll give her $10 to make one one for me.’ What can I say?! Not a clue!!!!

  13. Deborah Morrow says:

    Along with being guilty of everything above, I’m glad to see in not the only one with multiple totes filled with projects, I love to buy kits. Why not you get both the pattern and the yarn at the same time.I know I should wait until I finish the, let me think, oh about 10 WIP’s first, then the kits I already have. But I can’t help myself. I’m addicted to knitting and everything that goes along with it. The colors, the textures, the stress release, the satisfaction of completing a gift and the joy it brings the recipient.

  14. arl says:

    While I refuse to accept an undervalued offer for a piece,
    I will joyfully put many hours into a piece for someone I love.

    • Belinda Davies says:

      Same. I would never dream of asking for money from a loved one as I love knitting and thoroughly enjoy making items for people. However, if someone asks me to make something and then says “oh I’ll pay for the materials so you won’t be out of pocket” ……. hmmmm that will be a no

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  16. Foxy Lady says:

    I not ashamed to admit to most of the above. I however do not feel guilty,as I have been knitting since I was four and a half years old. ( now just turned 70). I still enjoy a challenge in all forms of crafts, be it knitting, crochet, sewing etc. It keeps me sane and the recipients of my projects very happy, mainly my three year old great niece.
    Some of the modern knitting jargon does make me chuckle, as a traditionalist , but I do enjoy a challenge and the choice of all the modern yarns etc.

  17. Madelaine Wilkinson says:

    Guilty of most of the above but just love wool and have a large stash with all the good intentions of making something with it one day.

  18. Jane C. says:

    Knitting is absolutely exercise. First I get up to find the magazine, sit to read it, find the pattern. Next I get up to find the right size needles and markers; then up again to find the cable needles (I love cabled sweaters); now I get up to find a bag to keep the yarn & project in; now I get up to fetch a cold drink; of course, I forgot the controller for the TV – another trip; I settle in and realize I have to look for the missing yarn the cat was playing with; down again and I realize I need to make a trip to the ladies room (that cold drink!); next …. oh well, you get the point. And if you’re a Mom or Grandmom, when all of that is settled, someone comes in and says “Where is my ….”

  19. Liz Baker says:

    I take my knitting to work with me and sneak in a row or two between tasks….I am too impatient to keep a project going to leave it all alone at home! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Ha ha Yepper!…it doesn’t knit itself!

    • Mary p says:

      I am reading this on a day when I spent 6 hours being driven to and from a construction site visit by my boss. To his amusement I knitted all the way!

  20. Pam Anderson-Edmiston says:

    Oh fellow knitters, I confess to everything that has been said. This year’s resolution-well EVERY years resolution- is not to buy more beautiful yarns but to create beautiful works of art for ME out of my existing, extensive & expensive stash. It doesn’t happen. The joy of creating for someone else floods me with pride. That’s a bit needy, I agree, but Swap it? Sell it? Give it away? Never, I tell you, never. Every ball or skein is a priceless treasure.
    I do have a burning question. I am so delighted to see so many men knitting, I really wish I personally knew one but sadly I don’t. BURNING QUESTION? Do men have yarn stashes & in general behave like women when it comes to how they deal with the obsession?

  21. Margaret Ann says:

    Forgot to mention the “not admitting” .. Downloading too much. I have a file so heavy its hard to lift and just want more time to get stuck into the projects I’ve chosen. Here in Western Australia knitting isn’t taken up so much, maybe due to our weather, which I feel is a great shame for all the reasons we knitters know. Pam A-E’s comments cover my feelings also. But I do give away as basically knit for charity as family all grown and would rather “buy” sadly.

  22. Jane Graham says:

    I had to show these comments to my husband and we both laughed. I’ve recently taken up knitting again as we have two Granddaughters. Bit by bit I’m getting more organised, just yesterday I gathered a few cotton carry bags to put different projects in, had wool under the couch, I make trips to Spotlight and Op shops for patterns.

    We Kntting Family share a common bond!

  23. Diane Guy says:

    reading all your letters I am hopefully hoping!!!!! that someone has a pattern stashed somewhere I would love, when I was 13 (now I am in my late 60s) I knitted a cardigan that was purple and white and all I can remember is you garter st a few rows in purple but the last row you made loops every 5th st then changed to white for a few rows carrying the loop on the outside forming squares. please please does anyone have such a pattern, Diane

    • Sue says:

      Just found your comment, I have not done so many stitches to make a square , mine was only knit 2rows, change colour knit 2, slip 1, for the first row. p2, slip1, for the second row These four rows made the pattern.
      I’m sure if you go on the Ravelry site you will find something there, good luck

  24. Penny says:

    Wonderful piece, thank you. And, oh boy, do I identify with all of the above. I especially loved the baby alpaca reference, my favorite fiber. Regarding requests for hand knit/hand crochet items (yep, I crochet too), I politely decline the request but, offer to teach the requester. Ha, they can’t back away fast enough. Thanks again.

  25. Kathy says:

    Loved this article. Love reading all things related to knitting…tips, hints, opinions, funny stories, true confessions etc. etc.. Thanx for the joy! :v

  26. Alma Margaret says:

    You mean I’m not Unique!!! Other people have the same admissions of guilt to these knitters’ traits???? You have lifted such a load from my over-stashed-burdened mind. I revel in the knowledge that I shall leave a glorious Aladdin’s Cave of delicious yarn to the world some day and I continue to work diligently towards that end. Have you seen the new-season’s offerings from the wool shops!!??!! Oh, Joy!!

  27. Zuza says:

    “…Maybe if you knit really fast while jump-roping?”
    Lol, that is so funny 😀 And true 😀
    Btw. guilty in all points :/

  28. Kelso Gal says:

    My guilty knitting pleasure is buying a huge lot of yard on ebay. My husband is so kind to bring it into the house when the mail carrier leaves it on the porch.

  29. Sprite says:

    I used to feel guilty when I was knitting because I should have been exercising, now I have an exercise bike I can do both at the same time ?

  30. delilah says:

    I love bags to keep my knitting in, especially these lovely cotton/fabric totes with fantastic designs. Usually all in aid of charity, Senior Kitizens, Cancer Research, etc. The RNLI do a great little square bag, I buy the new colour each year. My husband has banned me from buying anymore, so now I say “but I havent got one in that size”. Worse still, it is for so and so” then forget to give it them. Oopps.

  31. Terra says:

    Well, I keep all my Yarns in closeable large tote bags and wheeled carry bags. My needles in smaller sized totes now how many do I have of each? Let’s just say I could start my own Yarn studio with pretty much Yarn in every color andknitting pin sets, circular sets, dp sets, hook sets, nippers, threads, needles counters, journals, bobbins, finger tensioners, all of it.

  32. Liz Oswin says:

    It’s not good lying to my other half. I’ve just bought loads of gorgeous wool but not told him. Where can I hide it?

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