Saturday, December 03, 2005

Don't Try And Skimp On Christmas Or It Will Get Mad At You And Send You Punishment Yarn

not that i'm saying this from experience or anything, i'm just suggesting that maybe if you realized you'd waited until thanksgiving to order the yarn for your FIVE knitting projects you thought you would finish in time for christmas and then sneakily thought this would be possible by buying chunky/thick yarn which goes a LOT faster and so you're buying yourself some time...and then you receive the sneaky yarn and discover to your chagrin that you DIDN'T order the thick stuff at all, just regular ole' yarn with normal thickness -- IF you did something like this, i'm saying -- you might then feel very bad that you ever thought of buying the sneaky thick stuff in the first place and then feel obligated to try and finish projects with the thinner yarn because you wouldn't want to cheat at christmastime.

especially since christmas caught you in the act.


11 comments:

  1. Ooo, OOOoooo, The great Christmas spies of Santa caught you cheating. You are going straight to the coal list. Actually, I am sitting here at this moment knitting some Christmas stuff that simply absolutely, positively has to be completed before Christmas eve. Thank you GOD for a project I can do on size 15 needles. Puffy, soft, and doesn't take as long.

    WOOHOOO

    C

    Good knitting luck to you

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  2. i did the same thing for a birthday last year. i just combined my thin yarn with some more thin yarn and cheated anyway, cuz i am that lazy.
    good luck

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  3. hahahahahahaha.... oh that is funny. I mean, not to you. But it will be.

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  4. Yeah, you can totally just double your yarn (or even triple it) and treat it like a single strand of chunky stuff. Or even combine different thin yarns, if you have some that work together. Remember, IT'S A FEATURE NOT A BUG.

    Or you could use this as an excuse to go to Artfibers (or [INSERT LOCAL YARN STORE HERE]) and buy more yarn. I'm just sayin'.

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  5. Heck, I'm still waiting for the yarn to arrive!

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  6. hmm i may have to take up knitting... it beats dating (for the moment anyway). in fact if you have a moment, check out my latest ridiculous experience...

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  7. not to be a grammar freak here...well, actually I am a bit of a grammar freak...

    it's "try TO skimp..." not "try AND skimp..." The verb is "try" plus an infinitive verb form, not two conjugated verbs conjoined. It's a common error I've heard and read many times, and since I know you are into writing properly, just thought I'd point that out.

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  8. I am a lover of grammar, usage, style, and linguistics too, as well as a former English teacher. However, there is a difference between a grammar error and colloquialism, and to "try and (do something)" is indeed a common one.

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  9. As a professional linguist I can wholeheartedly second the statement from not bridget jones. To object to the use of "try and X," especially in an informal medium such as a blog, is mere pedantry.

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  10. Well as an SLP student, I tend to be grammatically critical. I didn't know that "try and [x]" was considered a colloquialism, but I suppose it is if you consider the number of people who use it. To me, it just doesn't make sense, so I never use it, and I consider it to be wrong when someone else uses it. You can't argue that it is grammatically wrong, but if you want to accept it here because this is informal writing, then that's fine with me. I was pointing it out for Kristy's sake, so she can decide whether she wants to correct it or not.

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  11. There is a nice little discussion of "try and" here:
    http://tinyurl.com/axmnu

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