I’m 25 and I just love to knit. I’d love to give appreciated knitted things as gifts. I’ll be giving some as xmas presents this year and I did last year as well, but I always feel bad or a little lame for it. I wonder…does anyone else share my experience?
Knitted things as gifts in my neck of the woods kind of always get a dismayed “gee…thanks?” And I’m not talking dishcloths or potholders, even useful things like gloves, scarves, hats, etc.
The only thing of mine that’s been received with pleasure was a shawl I recently knit for my nana. It was not even my best work but she’s a quilter, so very appreciative of the effort that goes into something. And was just tickled that I thought to make something for her.
I’m HOPING my mom is at least pleased with the monster afghan and pillow I’m finishing up for her. I know it’s not perfect–but it’s lovely and matching, has taken me tons of time and still cost about $80 for the yarn. And yet, I always sense a touch of disappointment and placating polite “thanks.” And I get teased about my knitting hobby, eyerolls, etc. It’s sort of like a “yes let’s just appease the crazy lady over there.”
I mean…yes, I want my items to be appreciated and loved. But you can’t win everytime. However, at the same time, I don’t want people to fake enthusiasm if they just don’t give a lick about getting handknit scarves, hats, gloves, socks, shawls, etc. Still…it’s so much time and effort. Lesigh…what’s a gal to do? :shrug: