Bad sweater day

by DaniGirl on August 25, 2006 · 30 comments

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There’s no comment game today. Sorry about that. I can never tell if you are playing along because you’re humouring me, or if you genuinely like those things. Let me know if you really enjoy them, and I’ll find some more.

Then again, there’s not much else today. It’s been a long week and my brain is pretty much fried this morning. That, and I’m having a bad sweater day, and I’m feeling peevish about it.

Do you have clothing that pisses you off? I’ve had this sweater for (stops to count on fingers) way too long. Maybe six or eight years? And I can’t stand it. It’s acrylic, which makes my skin hot – not to mention the static cling factor, and it’s a litte bit fuzzy, which is kind of annoying in a tickly sort of way, and it’s cut about an inch and a half too short, so that it makes my belly look like a third boob hanging a little too low.

So why am I wearing it? Because when I look at it on the hanger, it’s a lovely sweater. It’s a nice light knit in a creamy white. I love the neckline and the way it hangs. It is in theory a perfect light low-maintenance sweater for summer, but in actual practice, it feels yucky and is very unflattering on me. And I cannot reconcile these two views of the same sweater, so I leave it hanging in the closet year after year, and about every six months it finally wears me down enough that I pull it off the hanger and try it on, and usually, like this morning, I’m only considering it because I’m already late and short on choices and don’t have time to iron anything else, so by the time I get it on and realize how much I can’t stand it I’m already late for the bus and I have to run so there’s no time to switch it for a less offensive sweater. And then I spend the whole ride into town on the bus sulking about being duped into wearing my bad sweater and scheming about how I can find a spare minute to sneak into the Rideau Centre to buy another shirt just so I don’t have to put up with this annoying fucking sweater any longer than I have to.

That happens to you too, right?


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1 Batman August 25, 2006 at 1:35 pm

Be a brave little toaster and chuck it out as soon as you take it off. No regrets.
Today’s blog made me think of this…Gem Sweater.
http://www.transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=437
Don’t become a victim of bad fashion.

2 Batman August 25, 2006 at 1:35 pm

Be a brave little toaster and chuck it out as soon as you take it off. No regrets.
Today’s blog made me think of this…Gem Sweater.
http://www.transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=437
Don’t become a victim of bad fashion.

3 Kerry August 25, 2006 at 1:36 pm

Forget lunch. We’re going to the Bay at 12:30. I’m sure they’re having some kind of back to school sale which includes a shirt with your name on it. And what better way to recover from french lessons than with retail therapy?

4 Kerry August 25, 2006 at 1:36 pm

Forget lunch. We’re going to the Bay at 12:30. I’m sure they’re having some kind of back to school sale which includes a shirt with your name on it. And what better way to recover from french lessons than with retail therapy?

5 Marla August 25, 2006 at 1:58 pm

Learn to knit! http://www.stitchymcyarnpants.com/moks06/
And yes, get the to the Bay at lunch, and buy thyself a new shirt. Life is too short to wear yucky sweaters.
In your honour, I am going to get rid of one shirt I hate today. Let’s make it a movement!

6 Marla August 25, 2006 at 1:58 pm

Learn to knit! http://www.stitchymcyarnpants.com/moks06/
And yes, get the to the Bay at lunch, and buy thyself a new shirt. Life is too short to wear yucky sweaters.
In your honour, I am going to get rid of one shirt I hate today. Let’s make it a movement!

7 Ingrid August 25, 2006 at 2:44 pm

Dani (said forcefully):
Go home, take the sweater off IMMEDIATELY and never put it on again. It will not change it’s texture, length, or feel any time in the future so get rid of it!!
If your Dutch genes are acting up, give it to Good Will or the Shepherds of Good Hope – it will be put to good use.
Then go shoppping!

8 Ingrid August 25, 2006 at 2:44 pm

Dani (said forcefully):
Go home, take the sweater off IMMEDIATELY and never put it on again. It will not change it’s texture, length, or feel any time in the future so get rid of it!!
If your Dutch genes are acting up, give it to Good Will or the Shepherds of Good Hope – it will be put to good use.
Then go shoppping!

9 Renee August 25, 2006 at 2:56 pm

I’ve had similar sweaters in the past, but have broken up with them. I think you should do the same, Dani.
Let it go, woman.

10 Renee August 25, 2006 at 2:56 pm

I’ve had similar sweaters in the past, but have broken up with them. I think you should do the same, Dani.
Let it go, woman.

11 JoJo August 25, 2006 at 3:10 pm

Yup, I have a skirt that I love. Love. Love. It even looks good on when I take it off the hanger. Feels good too. But as soon as I take a step it wrinkles into a tiny shrug and creeps up my legs. But I just can’t seem to get rid of it.
I agree, let’s toss one bad thing today! And please go shopping.

12 JoJo August 25, 2006 at 3:10 pm

Yup, I have a skirt that I love. Love. Love. It even looks good on when I take it off the hanger. Feels good too. But as soon as I take a step it wrinkles into a tiny shrug and creeps up my legs. But I just can’t seem to get rid of it.
I agree, let’s toss one bad thing today! And please go shopping.

13 twinmomplusone August 25, 2006 at 3:26 pm

Dani’s Friday to do list:
1-get rid of yucky sweater
2-buy new shirt at lunch time
3-plan for a great week-end

14 twinmomplusone August 25, 2006 at 3:26 pm

Dani’s Friday to do list:
1-get rid of yucky sweater
2-buy new shirt at lunch time
3-plan for a great week-end

15 robyn August 25, 2006 at 5:17 pm

this is going to sound realllllly complicated, but my favourite thing to do with those clothes that are always hanging around in my closet that I’m all “WHY do I still OWN this monstrosity? Oh wait, it’s so pretty, yet unflattering.” about is to take a full-length photo of myself wearing it. Print the photo. Hang with the offending clothes. And presto! Having to look at the photo each time you contemplate putting it on, is the perfect excuse to send it off to the sally ann without doing that “well, maybe I will wear it again, and it doesn’t look *that* bad” thing that so many of us do while putting the offending item back on it’s hanger.
Usually, I am willing to get rid of the offending item while reviewing the photo on my camera itself. Sometimes, it takes a few viewings.
It sounds complicated (and maybe a little crazy), but it’s really very gratifying to chuck the awful photo as *well* as the awful clothes. Liberating, even!

16 robyn August 25, 2006 at 5:17 pm

this is going to sound realllllly complicated, but my favourite thing to do with those clothes that are always hanging around in my closet that I’m all “WHY do I still OWN this monstrosity? Oh wait, it’s so pretty, yet unflattering.” about is to take a full-length photo of myself wearing it. Print the photo. Hang with the offending clothes. And presto! Having to look at the photo each time you contemplate putting it on, is the perfect excuse to send it off to the sally ann without doing that “well, maybe I will wear it again, and it doesn’t look *that* bad” thing that so many of us do while putting the offending item back on it’s hanger.
Usually, I am willing to get rid of the offending item while reviewing the photo on my camera itself. Sometimes, it takes a few viewings.
It sounds complicated (and maybe a little crazy), but it’s really very gratifying to chuck the awful photo as *well* as the awful clothes. Liberating, even!

17 DaniGirl August 25, 2006 at 6:27 pm

Ah, I’m so relieved to be in good company. Batman, I will have to save your link for my non-firewalled computer, but I loved the kitschy knitting link, Marla. Sadly, this sweater isn’t even retro cool.
The sweater goes! Never again will I subject myself to its acrylic nastiness. Everyone join in and pitch one bad piece of clothing. Life is indeed to short to put up with this crap!
And yes, Ingrid, it was totally my Dutch/Scotch cheap genes that kept whispering, “It’s a perfectly good sweater, you can’t dispose of it for no reason!”
Ran out of time at lunch to shop, but once I get home this sweater will be the first item in a big bag of items destined for the sally ann.
And Robyn – I *love* that idea. Love it!! There’s about 20 pieces of clothing I need to do this with. Um, does it work for bad relationships, too? šŸ˜‰
Most important of all, happy birthday Jojo!!! I didn’t forget, I’m just a terrible friend. I know this doesn’t absolve me from a card or gift or cake, but can it buy me a little more time???

18 DaniGirl August 25, 2006 at 6:27 pm

Ah, I’m so relieved to be in good company. Batman, I will have to save your link for my non-firewalled computer, but I loved the kitschy knitting link, Marla. Sadly, this sweater isn’t even retro cool.
The sweater goes! Never again will I subject myself to its acrylic nastiness. Everyone join in and pitch one bad piece of clothing. Life is indeed to short to put up with this crap!
And yes, Ingrid, it was totally my Dutch/Scotch cheap genes that kept whispering, “It’s a perfectly good sweater, you can’t dispose of it for no reason!”
Ran out of time at lunch to shop, but once I get home this sweater will be the first item in a big bag of items destined for the sally ann.
And Robyn – I *love* that idea. Love it!! There’s about 20 pieces of clothing I need to do this with. Um, does it work for bad relationships, too? šŸ˜‰
Most important of all, happy birthday Jojo!!! I didn’t forget, I’m just a terrible friend. I know this doesn’t absolve me from a card or gift or cake, but can it buy me a little more time???

19 nancy August 25, 2006 at 6:30 pm

I’m in. I’ll gladly discard at least one item of clothing that sucks, yet still hangs inmy closet.
And Miss Dani – LMFAO @ your third boob comment….that’s what I look like every frickin’ day. But at least now I can name it my third boob. Thank you.

20 nancy August 25, 2006 at 6:30 pm

I’m in. I’ll gladly discard at least one item of clothing that sucks, yet still hangs inmy closet.
And Miss Dani – LMFAO @ your third boob comment….that’s what I look like every frickin’ day. But at least now I can name it my third boob. Thank you.

21 nancy August 25, 2006 at 6:32 pm

OH.
MY.
GAWD.
WHY oh WHY does Batman know about that link, blog?? FLOORED….yet it is totally fucking hilarious!

22 nancy August 25, 2006 at 6:32 pm

OH.
MY.
GAWD.
WHY oh WHY does Batman know about that link, blog?? FLOORED….yet it is totally fucking hilarious!

23 DaniGirl August 26, 2006 at 12:48 am

*snort*
Finally got to watch the Gem Sweater video. Okay, so my sweater wasn’t THAT bad. Gotta agree with Nancy on this one – where DO you come up withs something like that???

24 DaniGirl August 26, 2006 at 12:48 am

*snort*
Finally got to watch the Gem Sweater video. Okay, so my sweater wasn’t THAT bad. Gotta agree with Nancy on this one – where DO you come up withs something like that???

25 kris August 26, 2006 at 4:27 am

Love the photo idea. Yeah, I’m cheap, too. But really–Just get rid of it. You’ll feel so much better. I had a big purge and it was great. Unfortunately, I now have to carefully rotate the 10 remaining items in my wardrobe. Oh well.

26 kris August 26, 2006 at 4:27 am

Love the photo idea. Yeah, I’m cheap, too. But really–Just get rid of it. You’ll feel so much better. I had a big purge and it was great. Unfortunately, I now have to carefully rotate the 10 remaining items in my wardrobe. Oh well.

27 Batman August 26, 2006 at 4:51 am

Snort?! Too funny.
Where do I come up with this stuff you ask? The amount of useless knowledge I have acquired over the years would suffocate lesser men. Let’s just say that I have far too much time on my hands. Be thankful I seldom use it for evil purposes. Mwahahaha…
Marla, I love the Stitchy McYarnpants site. It made me laugh. Not the milk coming out of the nose kind of laugh but a laugh nonetheless. Snort!

28 Batman August 26, 2006 at 4:51 am

Snort?! Too funny.
Where do I come up with this stuff you ask? The amount of useless knowledge I have acquired over the years would suffocate lesser men. Let’s just say that I have far too much time on my hands. Be thankful I seldom use it for evil purposes. Mwahahaha…
Marla, I love the Stitchy McYarnpants site. It made me laugh. Not the milk coming out of the nose kind of laugh but a laugh nonetheless. Snort!

29 Jen August 26, 2006 at 3:09 pm

You must get that sweater out of your life ASAP. The world is full of awesome sweaters and as marla said, life’s too short… We’ll hit the College Park Winners when you are in town for The Motherlode and find you something perfecto. Donate that bad boy pronto — somewhere in the world there’s a sweaterless three-boobed person counting on you…

30 Jen August 26, 2006 at 3:09 pm

You must get that sweater out of your life ASAP. The world is full of awesome sweaters and as marla said, life’s too short… We’ll hit the College Park Winners when you are in town for The Motherlode and find you something perfecto. Donate that bad boy pronto — somewhere in the world there’s a sweaterless three-boobed person counting on you…

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