The shawl that I knit for a girl at work -- she loves it and so does everyone in her family.
Well, I saw her yesterday for the first time since Christmas and she came up to me and said. "Did you use a machine to knit that?" and I responded, of course, "No."
...and her comeback was "...are you lying?" and I insisted "No."
I explained to her that I don't own a knitting machine and I think she got the point when I nearly spat out "...and CERTAINLY not a round one..." meaning, of course, that circular knitting is my favorite type and will knit the day long round and round on a good set of circulars.
Apparently, her mother was giving it the once-over and won't believe that this could have been done by hand (speaking of the even-ness of the tension and the frilly cast-off.
I'm going to have to meet this woman sometime and bring my knitting and show her what I do.
If I'm going to be accused of being a liar, it might as well be something like this where it's a compliment to my work.