When my beautiful granddaughter was born, I knit her a lace dress. I had never knit lace before and I was so excited when it turned out well. I even knit it in the colour I was TOLD to knit it in when my DD found out I was knitting it. Well I anxiously finished this dress, put on the buttons, strung the ribbon through the waist holes, washed it and sealed it into a baggie. This was to be a Christmas gift (my first for Gramma's precious). The BIG day came and my DD opened the dress package. She seemed receptive but said it was too big and she would take a picture of the baby in it when it fit her. A year later when I was at their house one day, I found the dress, still in it's baggie, the ribbon not even wrinkled. I knew she had never put this on the baby. Soooo I swiped the dress and put it into my tote bag, swiped the baby and took her to Wallie World, where I dressed her in her little dress and had her picture taken in it. I kept some of the pictures the package provided, but gave the rest to my daughter for Mother's Day. She never even hung the pictures up. Do you think she is trying to tell me something?
This same woman (my DD) asked me to knit my granddaughter a "fweater" for her several weeks ago, one that matched the one I made my grandson the same year the baby got her lace dress, which I did. I then made a ribs and ruffles scarf to go with said "fweater". I knit a palindrome scarf for my grandson. I got told the scarfs were too short, but that the baby's was "usable", where the grandson's was not. I think it's time I started thinking about NOT knitting for that family.
My DS had his first child in July. I knit and knit. I made a blanket, a sweater, a hat, and booties. It was a beautiful set. I never even got a phone call thanking me or acknowledging that they received the package. I'll send gift cards from now on.
Both of these adult children of mine grew up knowing about knitting and crafts. They know the time it takes to make these things. They understand because they grew up watching it. The items I've been making don't have mistakes in them, they don't look bad, they fit, they are the colours I am TOLD to knit for the children. What am I doing wrong?
I will NOT be discouraged. I will keep on knitting! I enjoy it and if those people don't want my gifts, someone else surely will!
I think this topic touched off a sore spot. Sorry to vent!