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 He's asked me to make him a sweater!
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mamid
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Posted - 06/21/2006 :  10:44:03 PM  Show Profile  Send mamid a Yahoo! Message Send mamid a Private Message
Dp a few days ago asked me to knit him a sweater. It was a conversation we had over me knitting things for the family and he asked for a sweater, specifically a sleeveless hoody. I've told him to look through all my mags and patterns to see if he can find a pattern he likes.

But do I dare do it? Just because we've been together for so long and have 2.5 kids - literally!- would it be a good idea?

If he finds a pattern he wants, it'll mean both of us go to a LYS to get the yarn I'm going to need for it. This is going to be weird, but fun.

Any ideas on where to look for patterns too?

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Chemcats
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Posted - 06/22/2006 :  03:10:09 AM  Show Profile Send Chemcats a Private Message
Do it! I made one for my DH and he was excited and happy to try it on for fittings. It was as fun for him as it was for me.

Now I'm working on socks and when I say "I need your foot" he rips off his sock and puts his foot in my lap. With a smile on his face.

Meribeth
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gwtreece
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Posted - 06/22/2006 :  05:54:24 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
Go for it.

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AuntieK
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Posted - 06/22/2006 :  07:01:51 AM  Show Profile Send AuntieK a Private Message
I was knitting for years when my husband finally asked me to knit a sweater for him. It was the start of a yearly sweater ritual: he would tell me what type of sweater he wanted and I would go out, buy the yarn, find a pattern and ultimately re-design according to his wishes. Each year he wears the new sweater for the first time at either the Thanksgiving or Christmas family get togethers. One year HE went out and bought cashmere! because he always wanted a cashmere sweater.

It's been great fun for both of us. He has at least a dozen handmade sweaters now.

K
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Dejhia
Chatty Knitter

USA
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Posted - 06/22/2006 :  07:39:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit Dejhia's Homepage  Send Dejhia a Yahoo! Message Send Dejhia a Private Message
I say Do it. If he wants the sweater, than make it. If he's seen you knitting, then he already knows how much work a sweater will be. If he wants the sweater, than he wont' freak out about who much work you put into it.

Just keep him in the loop which it sounds like you are doing. Have him help pick out the pattern and the yarn. My DH gets a real kick out of helping to pick out yarn. And, this way, he's never disappointed that it's not what he wanted.

~ heather
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Hermione
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USA
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Posted - 07/01/2006 :  10:25:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit Hermione's Homepage Send Hermione a Private Message
I say go for it like the others, but maybe discuss the Curse of the Love Sweater with him first and see what he thinks about it ;)

~Hermione
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fmarrs
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USA
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Posted - 07/01/2006 :  12:52:04 PM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
If he asked for it, do it, he really wants one. I don't believe in the curse of the love sweater. Just do the math. Most of us have had more boyfriends than husbands or committed relationships. If you have 6 boyfriends, make them each a sweater, marry one and the other 5 walk, does that really prove the sweaters were cursed? The curse of the love sweater is anecdotal in nature and that automatically means that it is scientifically flawed.

fran

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susiknits
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Posted - 07/02/2006 :  1:01:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit susiknits's Homepage  Send susiknits a Yahoo! Message Send susiknits a Private Message
IMHO, a LTR plus kids exempts the project from the curse. Especially if he asks for it.

-- susi

--That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
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mamid
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Posted - 07/02/2006 :  2:33:00 PM  Show Profile  Send mamid a Yahoo! Message Send mamid a Private Message
if you say so... I wouldn't put it past him to take the sweater and run since that's what has happened to many women I know. Not that they made him a sweater, had a ltr and kids with the guy and he ran, but that she had kids with the guy, an ltr and he still ran.

I'm not saying he will but unless he talks to me about the sweater before I even start it, I'm not going even think about it.

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mokey
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Posted - 07/02/2006 :  3:40:03 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
In my books once you've reproduced with someone a sweater is not going to make or break the relationship!

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fitknit
Warming Up

Australia
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Posted - 07/02/2006 :  11:29:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit fitknit's Homepage Send fitknit a Private Message
Mokey's got a point there,

Maybe the curse doesn't apply once you've had kids with him?

fi

http://fitknit.blogspot.com
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Dances with Needles
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Posted - 07/10/2006 :  08:16:43 AM  Show Profile Send Dances with Needles a Private Message
He asked. You are including him in on the pattern and the yarn. Go for it. Oh check out Men in Knits, Knitting Without Tears, and Knitters Alamanack for good guy ideas. Be careful about letting him pick out a pattern and yarn by himself. It will be complicated and very expensive if you don't steer him a bit. Let him see the price of cashmere, the sticker shock will turn him to something more reasonable.

DWN
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