Remember that Seinfeld episode when Elaine finds out that her beloved sponge won’t be produced anymore? She goes crazy buying as many as she can find. Then, she carefully considers who is “sponge-worthy”. Which, by the way, she decides most are not “sponge-worthy”.
Well, I wonder, who is “knit-worthy”? I have recently had several discussions with different crafting friends about this very topic. We all have our chosen craft-knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, etc. We all love, love, love our craft. We put a great deal of time, thought, energy, and money into the amazing projects that we produce. So the question is . . .
Who is worthy of the precious gift of your handiwork?
I dream of doing a hand-crafted holiday and gifting everyone in my life something that I created with my own hands. Yea, then I wake up and realize there is no way in H-E-double hockey sticks that is going to happen. So, who to knit and crochet for?
I’ve been giving it some thought. Here is what I have come up with . . .
1) The person I am giving the gift to must value the gift as much as I do (or maybe even more than I do). Some people really appreciate hand made gifts. And then some people would rather have a gift card to their favorite store.
2) I want the person to actually use the gift. Enjoy it. Please, don’t just tuck it away because it is something special. Use it! That’s why I made it. Plus, I can always make more!!
3) Some projects are easy to give. I expect that they’ll be used, washed, and dried without a care. (Like washcloths and dishcloths. Wear them out! Kitchen cotton is super cheap! I can churn those babies out in no time!) Then there are the projects that are super sweet. They won’t be used for long and won’t really need to be washed. (Like baby hats. Again, they’re easy to make. Requires very little yarn. Plus, they are super well received.)
So, what am I not so willing to give?
1) Anything that requires special care. You know, like anything that will need to be blocked or could be accidentally felted when washed.
2) Anything that needs to fit exactly. I’m simply not going to all that trouble to give someone something that they won’t be able to enjoy.
3) Anything that might be deemed “itchy”. (Am I the only wool-lover that hears the word “itchy” describing a beautiful wool garment and reacts like they just heard nails on a chalkboard? Makes me shudder!)
4) Anything that would be heart breaking to hear that it had been lost, ruined, etc.
Is this something you are thinking about? What makes someone “knit-worthy” in your eyes?