I was asked this question by a woman who came up to my table in my favorite coffee spot as I sat quietly sipping a latte and knitting. (No, that’s not me in the black & white picture! The color picture, however, shows my latte and the beginning of the Milanese Lace Shawl, one of Linda Marveng‘s sumptuous designs, I was knitting in a San Francisco cafe.) How do you respond to such questions?!
I’ve been asked this question by so many strangers over the years. The conversations generally went something like this:
Person: “How much?”
Me: “For what?”
Person: “Umm, you know, a sweater.”
Me: “What kind of yarn?”
Person: “You know, regular yarn.”
Me: “Cotton or Wool?”
Person: “I’d really like a cashmere sweater.” (Wouldn’t we all.)
Me: “Medium woman or medium man? Tall or short? Thin or stout?”
Person: “Umm, just regular medium.”
Me: “A pullover, cardigan, or vest? A v-, turtle-, boat-or round-neck; drop, raglan, saddle or set-in shoulders …”
Okay – you get the idea of the path of the conversation. When I’d finally narrow it down to something where I could quote a ball park figure, the horrified response was generally along the line of, “What?! I could go to Wal-Mart and get a sweater for under $20!” (What’s stopping you?!)
So now when I get asked, “Can you make one for me,” my response is always “No, but I am happy to refer you too good local yarn stores that offer knitting lessons.”
The conversation generally ends there.
How do you respond? 🙂