A Matter of Taste

Posted on | December 16, 2012 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
A good friend of mine recently became an “empty nester” when her youngest child went off to college. I encouraged her to develop some new interests and hobbies and she decided to try knitting (I have no idea why). All of her friends were supportive and thanked her profusely for the scarves and sweaters that she gave us even though they were HIDEOUS. She is now knitting all day, every day, everywhere she goes and wants to start selling her stuff at craft fairs. She is going to waste a lot of time and a lot of money because NO ONE will buy them. I feel partly responsible because I encouraged her. Do I owe her an honest opinion or should I let her dreams be shattered at the first craft fair she goes to when she gets laughed at?
Joan

Dear Joan:
The marketplace will decide about your friend’s creations. She will learn far more from that experience than your critique. Lay off.

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