This year, my lovely gran has been showing appreciation for the makes I’ve gifted her over the years by sending me WhatsApp messages and pictures talking about them. In the past she quite regularly sent me photos of the items in use as well. It’s absolutely blooming lovely!
In this blog post, I made reference to the fact that once you hand items you’ve made over to their intended user you can sometimes never see them again. It can be quite demotivating not knowing if they’re being appreciated, or if you should have just gone for a shop-bought thing instead. Ever since writing that post I’ve been really paying attention to what I see others doing with the bits I make them, and I can say with confidence that the apparent lack of appreciation that I perceived last November is without a doubt a figment of my imagination.
I know that I’m going to keep crafting for others regardless of how errant thoughts try to make me feel about it. I think part of the reason is that glowing feeling I get when I go home and my mum is wearing the Zion hat I made for her, or I get a photo and the baby I crocheted a blanket for is warmly swaddled. For all of those things I’ve made that I don’t see again, those that I do more than make up for it. I even think sitting around moping about it makes seeing the objects all the sweeter.
Let me explain before you think I’m crazy – I’ve built up in my head this expectation that these things aren’t appreciated because they’re always out of sight; so when I do see them they’re like glowing jewels that seem all the brighter for the dark background my expectations gave them. I know for a fact that many of the things I don’t see are appreciated more than I give them credit for because people tell me about this appreciation, and for this I’ll always be grateful. If it stops, will I stop making? Almost certainly not.
I’m interested to know who you make for, and if you know why you do it that way. Do you feel that things you’ve made for others have attracted the amount of recognition you feel they deserve? Does it inform your decisions?
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The best reaction I ever got for something I knitted for someone else was to a knitted Dalek made for a colleague of my Mum’s, a huge Dr Who fan. It is a nice feeling to give something that you know people will love!
I am currently knitting a fingering weight jumper for my boyfriend. Sleeveless though…is it possible to love someone enough to knit fingering weight man-sized sleeves?! I am sure he will appreciate this!
I knit a lot of things for my friends. Mainly hats, sometimes socks and cowls. They love the items because I try to use their favorite colors. I did not have a great luck with my husband, though. I made him a cowl and a hat and they were stolen, and then I worked for days (weeks?) to make a fabulous Lopapeysa sweater, Hela is the name of the pattern, using the original Icelandic wool. It turned out that the sweater is quite itchy and that my lovely husband would rather love it “lined”. I think he will have to wait. Last Christmas was a great success! I made a cowl for my Mom and she loved it and then some hats for friends and family. They actually liked it and I could work soon at another cowl as requested by one of my dearest friend. But I’m waiting for Ravellenics to start…. just to add a little bit of fun.
I rarely knit with others in mind, because I’m mostly a process knitter and I’m selfish enough to choose the project/yarn combinations that I feel like working on at a given time. But I do end up giving plenty of projects away after the fact, and for the most part I don’t worry about how they’re treated beyond making sure that I don’t give something hand-wash-only to someone who I know won’t pay attention to that. I guess I figure I’ve already had my fun once the project is done.