Sunday, July 20, 2008

Winners #19 and #20 . . . and a question for you

We have two more winners:

1. Elizabeth
2. Megan (ikisti on Ravelry)

Three cheers!! I'm glad you found us.

And of course the month is still young. There are more goodies yet to be won so stick around.

Now that I've buttered you all up with yarn promises, I have a favor to ask of you. Remember that old knitterly superstition that warns single knitters about the dangers inherent in knitting a sweater for a sweetheart. You know the one. You knit him a gorgeous Fair Isle or luscious cashmere Cobblestone and the son of a whatever walks out the door and straight into the arms of some do-nothing who wouldn't know knit from purl if the instructions were written on her--well, you get the picture.

I just can't believe that's the only knitter's superstition out there. There must be more. If you know any, I hope you'll share in the comments. I'm toying with an idea and need all the help I can get.

Thank you!! (Sorry. It's a two !! kind of night.)

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Anonymous Connie said...

Here's a few BB:

It's bad luck to leave a project unfinished. The intended recepient will get bad luck from the unfinished item.
Stabbing your needles though your yarn balls brings bad luck to anyone who wears something made from that yarn.
Don't knit a pair of socks for your boyfriend or he'll walk away from you.
If you knit one of your own hairs into a garment, it will bind the recipient to you.
Knitting for children you may have in the future, but before you are pregnant, is bad luck (it may prevent one from getting pregnant, or bring ill health to the baby).

These came from

11:08 PM  
Blogger loribird said...

Well, there's always the one that says an experienced knitter should place knitting needles in the hands of a new baby, thereby ensuring the blossoming of the youngster's fiber arts talents...

7:34 AM  
Blogger teabird said...

If you knit one of your own hairs into a garment, it will bind the recipient to you.

If that one is true, than there are a lot of people in this world who are bound to me!

I don't begin knitting projects for pregnant friends until at least their 5th month - it's way bad juju. It's also a guarantee that all of my knitting projects for pregnant friends are late.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The boyfriend sweater curse is the only one I've heard. Connie found some interesting ones.

9:40 AM  
Blogger KnitTech said...

You should take the finished @#$% shawl to an exorcists to have all the bad vibes removed before giving it to the intended.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Tanya said...

If you knit a "perfect" item you should knit a mistake in so that the evil spirits will leave it alone. Or you should leave on mistake in your work for the same reason.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Rooie said...

Here's a site with all sorts of knitting superstitions:

5:55 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

My own personal superstition: if you don't put in a life line every eight rows, you will screw up on the ninth.

7:20 PM  
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7:20 PM  
Blogger kozmic said...

Theres a Scottish writer by the name of Lillian Beckwith ( I read her books as a teen) who wrote "Never cast on on a Friday or you'll never finish it".

Never knit near an actress or near the stage.

A knot inside a knitted garment will give the wearer bad luck ( on seams are okay).

Never give baby clothese until the baby is born. It tempts the Fates.

See what having Scottish ancestors does for you?! Makes you nervous that every action you take will end in doom and gloom. :0)

11:21 PM  
Blogger ikisti said...

Thanks for the winning (peremptive of corse). I sad to say i know only the sweater story, but i'm looking forward to seeing your idea come forth.

11:24 PM  

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