Give Something of Yourself – Knitting for Others 101

photo red cape

If you are friend of mine, you can expect to receive something that I have made for your birthday, Christmas, house warming etc etc.  Most of my friends have every thing they need and I can’t afford to buy them the things they  might want, e.g. the BMW convertible, beach front apartment etc.  So I give my time.  They generally get something completely new; I like to try out new patterns when I knit for someone I know and love.  This in itself can cause problems if it doesn’t go quite as well as I hoped and then suddenly I need to start, and finish something different! Ho hum.

Anyway.  If you are knitting gifts for your loved ones this season, here are some pointers to keep in mind.

They might not use it / wear it

This can be hard. You’ve spend hours of several weeks maybe knitting something beautiful, put your heart and soul into it and it’s put away in a cupboard somewhere never to be seen again.  Let it go.  It’s not yours anymore. You made it with love – that love still stands.  They know you love them.  They don’t have to parade round in your jumper etc to prove it. And thin

They probably won’t understand the effort that went into it and probably aren’t that interested.

Unless they knit or craft themselves, they won’t realise the effort that goes into making things.  If it’s important to you that they do then make light of it … make a rough estimate of how many stitches there are and say something like 2,000,000 stitches all made with love (or something) on the card.  Most people will have some appreciation of what you’ve done but it’s more likely to be on the level of, ‘Wow, look at that, I couldn’t do that, wish I could, isn’t it nice’.  Let it go.

It doesn’t have to be perfect

Obviously you want to make the best job of it you can. Chances are you’ll make a few little mistakes along the way and some of the stitches may not be as lovely as others.  Unless the finished piece is full of holes and a bit ‘dish-raggy’ no-one will notice.   They will be too busy being bowled over that you’ve made them something.   If they do notice, they’ll probably have the good manners to keep it to themselves and love you anyway.

Keep it small and useful.

Unless you’re a super fast knitter, it’s worth keeping whatever you’re knitting on the small side rather than say a kingsize chevron blanket in lace.    With the above in mind, it’s the thought that counts. Hats, Cowls etc are always welcome and are guaranteed to fit!

Let it go!

I’ve said this before.  Let it go.  Once you’ve cast off and made it up, it’s done.  It can be hard but let it go with the love you made it with – this is more for me than anyone else as I tend to get quite attached to the things I make and, what shall we say…. possessive. Let it go!



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