Published on October 4th, 2015 | by Angie


If I can’t take my yarn, I’m not going: 5 things knitters say

Family and friends all love their knitters, but sometimes we crafters can be hard to please. Here are some things knitters say. 

“If I can’t take my yarn, I’m not going.”

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“You want me to sit still for hours without taking my knitting? Have you lost your mind?” Here’s the facts: I’m not going anywhere without my knitting. Work, a party, the opera, doesn’t matter – it’s coming with me.


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Get away from that yarn, family members and friends. You might pull a stitch off the needle, or snag the yarn, or tangle my Fair Isle, or worse! Get away from that yarn!

“There’s no such thing as too much yarn.”

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There’s definitely no such thing as too much yarn. I could be drowning in merino and cashmere, with hanks piled up to the ceiling, and it still wouldn’t be too much.

“No, I’ve had that yarn for ages.”

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Nah, that huge pile of yarn next to the ripped open pink packaging by the door has been here forever! It’s definitely not new, no, definitely not.


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No, I will not knit you an intricate cabled sweater for $20. No, I will not knit a baby blanket for your co-worker’s roommate’s cousin for free. No, I don’t just have a lot of free time. No.

What kind of things do you say to family and friends – or what do your knitters say to you? Tell me in the comments!

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Last updated: November 9th, 2015.

34 Responses to If I can’t take my yarn, I’m not going: 5 things knitters say

  1. miss agnes says:

    Really funny! At one point, I had to say: no, I’m not taking orders, because I could see myself going down the slippery slope of knitting for others and having to price the items. I’m not knitting fast enough to make a living out of it, and knitting something I don’t really want to knit is torture.

    • Dianne Mulligan says:

      My favourite tea mug has a wool and needle design and on one side the words “Knit one —sip one” and on the other side ” If I knit fast does that count as exercise?”
      It now has a chip out of the handle and I refuse to throw it out ! I agree totally with miss agnes —- I would never knit for profit — I only feel enthusiasm when I knit for Love!

  2. Maureen says:

    “Find me a photo or draw me a picture and I’ll knit it.” That’s why I end up knitting odd things like a bladder and kidneys, 10 fat sausages, an alien hat etc etc.

  3. Marlene. Jones says:

    “Shhhhhh I’m counting” is my mantra. Or…..what do you think of these colors together?….

    • Tracy Schiff says:

      That’s mine too! Or let me finish this row….

      • Joan says:

        Mine is ” just 1 more row…” And my response when a conversation has slipped my mind “was I knitting when we talked about that?”…

        • amanda says:

          why does my husband always ask me a question when I am counting? he can see my lips moving as I count, I think he does it on purpose.

  4. Hollie says:

    I always get tagged on Facebook in crochet pictures, and I have to keep saying I knit, I can’t crochet, yes they are very different things. No I can’t learn to crochet just to make you that

    • Kate says:

      I was tagged in 6 different pictures of crochet yesterday by 2 different people and they asked m to make these things for them…I don’t crochet

  5. dawn Laney says:

    Just let me finish this row!

    • Jacqui says:

      Haha me Too! In fact if I am with my Brother & Sister in law, my Brother always says it for me (he has been hearing the sentence for as long as he can remember. I knitted a jumper for him as a baby when I was 7 ) xx

  6. Rita says:

    I don’t mind any one look at my project or projects,not afraid if stitch drops,this way I can show them how to fix … I love showing my work and making things for my Gran -Children…. 🙂

  7. Lori Bailey says:

    Commenting about a project you have invested a fair amount of money into:”that’s so pretty! Would you make me one?” Knowing that person has NO idea how much money the yarn cost or how much time you have put into it: ” no, but I’ll be glad to teach you to knit!”

  8. Amber says:

    I crochet and people love showing me knitting projects saying “Can you make me this?” Uh, no, I can’t that’s knitting. And then I have to explain to them that knitting and crochet are completely different. They still don’t get it though.

    • Gina Daly says:

      I get that one the other way around, now I have decided to learn to crochet as my project for this winter, WHEN I clear my knitting order book.

      • Sarah says:

        Does that ever happen? I didn’t think it was possible to clear an order book. I have three things on the go and now have orders for two more!! That does not include all the part finished things hiding in cupboards that I promise I will get to one day – honest. Its always part finished if its for yourself.

  9. Claudia price says:

    Shhh. I’m counting..good excuse also if hubby wants to talk and i don’t….i am counting alot ?? i think my mum used the same excuse

  10. Sharon says:

    1-2-3-4……..out loud , louder if some one speakers to me lol

  11. Sandi Little says:

    ‘Oh, you’re a knitter; you’ll have to make me something.’

    ‘No, I won’t.’

  12. Michele says:

    I use to be a quitter until I became a knitter.

  13. Carolyn says:

    I’ ll just finish my row!

  14. Val says:

    My favourite knitting humour is on a card made from a 1950s knitting pattern, two handsome gents in woolly sweaters. One says, ‘my mother made me a homosexual’
    Reply ‘if I buy the wool will she make me one too?’

  15. Gina Daly says:

    I often get requests for knitted things which I usually do and never charge for wool or time. A couple of years ago I decided to set up a knitting service charging a modest amount for my skill and the customer to pay for wool at cost price. I got a only about four orders in 6 months….obviously people don’t like knitteds they when have to pay fo them?

  16. Mybeautfulthings says:

    I love this- exactly right!

  17. Jean says:

    1-2-3 …. I’m counting 4-5-6 or When I finish this row. Husband won’t talk all day UNTIL I pick up my knitting. lol I love him but there are times…

  18. Sharon says:

    One of my colleagues said to another one [of my colleagues], “Do you know she knits all her shawls, scarfies and wearable accent accessories?” My other colleague replied, “Yeah, and her stuff is so cool, so trendy. Who knew shawls that were once a Grandma item could morph into something to finish plain black trousers and a blazer jacket with some great style and color?”

    I don’t have anyone to pester me while I’m knitting, but my favorite line that’s ingrained in my mind is that I cannot have enough yarn. I am my Mother’s daughter, Heaven rest her loving soul! She stockpiled yarn and I’m doing the same thing.

  19. Marybeth Potts says:

    One of the most obnoxious things said to me constantly, “Can I have a copy of that pattern?” NO, I had to pay the designer for it, so do you!

  20. Linda Connolly says:

    I always say I have to finish my row…

  21. Angela says:

    I’m learning to say no. I spent 2 months working on something for a dear friend, had picked the color and pattern just for her. A coworker saw it and announced I want one just like it for me and my daughter. Ugh. Really?

  22. Kiki B says:

    To the people who always grin hopefully and tell me I could knit one for them, too, I smile and say “I won’t knit for you, it’s incredibly rare that I even knit for my own kids, but I’ll be happy to lend you my Knitter’s Bible/show you some good tutorials online, because truly, anyone with two functioning hands can knit.”

    And of course, the famous “Hang on a sec, I just have to finish this row…” and “SHUT UP, I’M COUNTING!!!”

  23. Leanne says:

    Things I say to my boyfriend

    “DONT TAKLK!!!…I’m counting”
    “Oooooo! Feel how soft this is…FEEL IT!” His response is always the “oh…yeah :-|”
    “Look I did a row!”
    “I did another row…how does it look!?”

    I’m surprised he hasn’t gotten sick of me yet haha!

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