Dear Problem Ladies:
I never know what to say when people ask me to make them something. I don’t churn out hats the way I did B.C. (Before Children),and sometimes I just want to make something for myself. When people ask me to make things, I think it’s because they don’t know how long it really takes to go from yarn to garment.I don’t want to educate them, but I do need an emphatic but polite way to say no.

P.S. If I had all the time in the world to knit, the answer would likely be yes to all requests.


Dear Problem Ladies,
I think it’s time for us to talk about Knitter’s Attention Deficit Disorder. “Oh, look, another lace pattern.” “Oh look, titanium alloy dpns.” Serious side effects include beyond-life-expectation stashing and unfinished project malaise. I say that as I labor through the last, very long color block of a shawl and keep repeating to myself: “Don’t look at the next project. Don’t look at your stash. Pass the knit shop, do not collect more yarn.”