Saying No -
I am rubbish at saying No to someone, but I have been practicing. Rather than saying No to requests from strangers to knit things, I tend to go with 'I can teach you to knit'. The other night I told someone I know slightly that I am going to SS09 and when she got over her astonishment she said 'Wow, you must really love knitting socks', and started to ask me to knit something. I ran my line past her and she said, 'No, no, I know how to knit, this is different.' I smiled one of those funny gastrointestinal-discomfort-looking smiles and said No again. She said, 'But this is for a dear woman I teach Pilates to and I just know she'd love a pair'. And I told her I couldn't and class started and she didn't talk to me again.
The part of me that fears conflict had fled across the room and was hiding under some sports equipment. The part that gets bored silly knitting stuff for people I don't know and love was bloody relieved.