Sunday, May 26, 2013
Just say Kno
Who do you knit for? Is it just yourself, your kids/grandkids/significant other, friends or charity knitting?
In the short time of my knitting life, there have been many instances where someone has admired what is on my needles and uttered those scary/unrealistic/unknowing, yet innocent words..."do you think you could make me ___________?" That question is almost always followed by, "I'm sure it wouldn't take very long and would probably cost less than what I could buy it for ready-made." On what planet those assumptions were formed escapes me, but I would like to visit for the experience.
Admittedly, I am a yarn snob. There is a time and a place for certain types/brands of yarn, but not on my time and not where I am. If I am going to go to the time and effort to MAKE something with my own two little hands, then it is going to be quality work with quality materials-certainly nothing that will be the only thing left besides cockroaches in the event of nuclear annihilation.
There have also been circumstances where someone has asked me to make something for them, I do, it turns out perfectly, given, and then it is never to be seen again. Lesson learned...there is a list of banned people to knit for in my head. The same theory goes for any sort of handcrafted gift...especially for those for people that "get it" and are crafters themselves. If I ask for a favorite color or style and am later met with condescending/snarky jabs, then you better believe "the list" gets updated. On the flip side, the lesson has been learned (the hard way), that gifts of this handcrafted nature are often not appreciated or acknowledged. However, these negative experiences are far outweighed by the multitude of positive handcrafted gifting/commissioned knitting & spinning moments. And for that, I am thankful for and appreciative of the attitude of people that can appreciate the art used to create the object.
Let's not even get started on the ongoing debate of why knit socks when you can just go buy them in a big box store! If you have to ask, then you deserve to get to spend time and money there and get what you get.