the sweater curse

the legend of the sweater curse, as told by knitty

if you don't feel like reading the article, it basically states that knitting a time and effort intensive project (such as a sweater, although a pair of knitted overall hot pants may also meet the criteria) for a significant other without a significant bond such as Marriage will result in the significant other dumping yo' ass.

i don't date enough to EVER test the veracity of this curse. i also don't date enough for there to be a recipient for any handknits, but that's neither here nor there.

thanks to p-man, JD in training for the question!


jess Wednesday, November 02, 2005 8:24:00 am  

eh... i think the sweater curse is just a matter of percentages - i.e. time dating : time it takes to make a sweater. of course, this involves numbers so if i try to explain i will only succeed in making myself sound stupid.

Steve Wednesday, November 02, 2005 10:04:00 am  

My wife knitted me a sweater, but she made the arms REALLY long. We have to tie them around my back so they don't drag on the floor, but that pins my hands down.

heatherfeather Wednesday, November 02, 2005 11:12:00 am  

jess, you did a lovely job explaining it in person. if i am incorrect, please let me know. if you look at the amount of time it takes to knit a sweater and present it to someone (let's say 3 months), and you finish it 5 months into a relationship, the chances of the relationship ending within 5 months, regardless of handknit gifting is remarkably high. therefore, if you're gonna break up at the beginning of a relationship, knitting someone something that will take the duration of the relationship is going to give the appearance of cursing said relationship.

steve - what happens in houston, stays in houston.

alpineflower Wednesday, November 02, 2005 11:20:00 am  

I've been married for five years, and the sweater curse still makes me nervous - better to knit things for infants and small children who wear whatever you put on them. Speaking of which, I need to work on that chicken-viking hat you linked to way back when - I bought the yarn for it and haven't gotten around to knitting it.

jess Wednesday, November 02, 2005 4:56:00 pm  

oh yeah, i'm a dolt - i already told you that! imagine how many times i've repeated that theory to people who actually see me on a regular basis!

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