The above brought up a painful, although off-topic, memory:
I had just finished knitting a sweater vest. I tried it on for DH and he said, "Nice, but it's a little big." So I thought, hey, I'll use the hand-wash cycle on my machine. I found out that the hand-wash cycle does not equal hand-washing when my sweater vest turned into a mass of green shredded and felted wool. $100+ and two months of labor shot to heck, and I had to blow-dry and vacuum my washing machine to get out the remnants.
Back on topic:
The other day, my instructor and I were knitting at Starbucks. A woman comes up to us and starts asking if we could "fix" a hole and ripped seam in her sweater. My instructor told her to use a needle and matching yarn. "Oh no, I want you to do it," woman replied. "Sorry, I have too much to do as is," instructor responded. "I'm just learning," I said. She stood there a minute, then huffed herself off.