Tuesday, November 29, 2005

THANK YOU. I can't tell you how much it helped to have you all back me up.

I should have been a little more clear in my head-explosion-inducing anger about what happened. Andi was not rude or bitchy, just disappointed (understandably so) She did originally give me her stocking while I searched for yarn that was as close as possible color-wise, but took it back before the knitting. I did not measure it (which I should have) but simply assumed that following the pattern would give me a near match. The white toe was her fault, but whatever. She did pay for the yarn, and she did pay me (about 25% of what anyone said I should have charged her) for the labor. There is one more stocking to go, and I do feel bad that they didn't match, so here's what I wrote to her in response to her disappointed e-mail:

Oh, Andi, I'm horrified! I didn't measure your stocking before I returned it, so I was going only by the pattern, which I did match. As for the toes, when you hand wrote the changes of the color in the foot on the pattern, there was no white tip, unless I misunderstood to start back with the printed pattern at a point?

I'm so sorry! If you can measure your stocking side to side across the name and then from the top down to the lower edge of the tree section, I can start William's over and knit it larger. My concern then is that would cause the fabric to be much less firm, and will stretch a lot when things are placed inside - generally stockings are knit very firmly, as the fabric for the four completed was. As an apology, please don't pay me for William's stocking.

Other than that, I don't know what to tell you. What would you recommend?

I think pretty much that's the only solution I'd be happy with. If she wants them knit again, I'm sending her to you guys, cuz no way in hell am I going through all that again (here's bitter irony for you - I've already knit William's stocking once, but threw it out last week because it didn't match gauge or the others - it was way too BIG). So that's my attempt at a politically correct solution that won't leave anyone angry or exploding in the head.

If it really comes down to it, GB has said he would give me the money to pay her back for the work (since I've already frivolously spent it on bills) and I will wipe my hands of the whole affair, merely cursing her name with every breath.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

One could look at it this way; Andi is the one who started it, therefore she should of course have the biggest sock.
I hope it all calms down.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Amy Boogie said...

You're very nice.
I hope you see the end of this soon.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous merrymary said...

Would it help to knit a new Anni sock to match all the others? Or do we have a "bigger means better" Christmas stocking fixation to deal with? What a shame! Yours look so lovely next to the original. Anni just doesn't appreciate your superior knitting!

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Kendra said...

You were more than gracious to offer to re-knit William's stocking without charge. I would have omitted the last 2 sentences of your reply. I'm having a hard time understanding what was disappointing about your work. Yes, it was an oversight to neglect to measure her "original," but this is not NASA sending a spaceship to Mars. Your apology was more than sufficient. What was she hoping to gain by expressing her disappointment? What was she expecting when she originally hired you to do the knitting? Am I unduly suspicious? They're Christmas stockings, for pete's sake!
Ooo - my word verifier is "dndldo" - lot's of good epithets in that one!
Take heart, Amie.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

You have been very gracious!

I still think it looks good even if it's not exactly like the others!

11:39 PM  

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