What gifts are you making this year and how can we help?
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It’s already into November,
...and each year I promise, swear & adjure that I will not wait until the last minute for holiday gifts. It’s not just the making, but the what for who! Who has been added to the list, who has been removed from the list and who gets a second chance? What do they like, what don’t they like, and will they use what I make? The latter being a primary reason for removal from the Knit-worthy or Crochet-worthy list!
Knit-worthy or Crochet-worthy? It simply means that the recipient will appreciate that fact that they have received something that you made especially for them; that they will use the item and/or display it where you (and others) will see it. Yes, anyone can be added to the list, but staying on the list – there’s a trick to that!
Think about it this way…
A scarf or cowl, hat or mittens all take a certain amount of time to make – from the decision to do it, selecting the pattern and yarn, to the actual work. Let’s say I am making a hat for a relative – a hat that show off their team pride using a technique I just learned. I created a pattern for the hat, using the new technique, and made the 1st hat as a test. Adjusted the pattern and made 1 for each of the members of the target family (except 1 who I was told didn’t wear hats – he got a scarf). So, the time to create the patterns and knit each of the 4 hats totaled about 28 hours or about 7 hours per hat. The yarn was $60 or $15 a hat. The cost based on minimum wage plus the yarn was $85 ($70 + $15). I thought they were all worth the time and effort. My thanks was a “Thanks” on FaceBook Messenger with no evidence that they knew what they were thanking me for (no pictures). As their 3rd infraction, they have been removed from the list. While someone who received a cute Christmas Mouse named “Holly” (who cost less than $10 in yarn and about 10 hours to make) has texted pictures of Holly traveling with her and I even spent time with Holly on a recent hiking trip. Yep, Knit-worthy renewal!
If you receive something handmade this Holiday season, thank them profusely for taking the time to think of you and make something for you – They think you’re worth it!