Dear Patty, Every time I finish a new sweater, I both look forward to and dread wearing it out in public. Why? Because I get both "that's so beautiful" followed by "will you knit one for me?" ARGHH!! I wish I could somehow become the grumpy cat meme who answers "NO" to that question, but I know it's meant as a compliment. How do I deflect without sounding rude or like a diva?

—Selfish Knitter

Dear Selfish Knitter, This is a tough one. You're right, it is meant as a compliment, but when non-knitters assume that whipping up a sweater is easy, we must say to ourselves, "Forgive them, they know not what they ask." There are a couple of approaches to this dilemma; let's break down the pros and cons of each.

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