The No Knit List

Knitting Blog Challenge Day 22

Have you ever stricken someone off your to-knit-for list because they didn’t appreciate/take care of your last knitted gift to them?

I’ve definitely learned my lesson knitting for lots of people over the years. I have minimized my list dramatically mostly due to the stress of knitting for like ten people. It’s too much for my hands and it’s a lot of time to not be designing new patterns for my shop. The year I made socks for a bunch of my friends a lot of them seemed uncomfortable to be getting socks and a few didn’t even thank me. I’ve had a few people ask me to knit something for them “and they’ll even pay me” but balked when I told them a ballpark range of how much their item would actually cost or they simply never paid me. That’s the fastest way to the no knit list. I’ve limited my list to mostly family at this point. They understand how much labor a hand knit item takes and I know they’ll appreciate it. I actually went to buy my Christmas gift yarn haul this morning so now I’ve got my work cut out for me. I’ve got five items to whip out before the holidays.

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This is always such a conundrum! Every case is unique. For example, I knit a pair of socks for my partner every year for Christmas, and I’ve been frustrated because the last two years’ pairs haven’t been worn. I then remembered that the older socks got worn out and I repaired them. He has kept them with his other hand knit socks he gets for Christmas but also does not wear them, either. I still continue knitting socks for him every year and he continues not wearing them, but I know why. He does not want to destroy my handiwork. This year I’ll give him his socks and say, “it’s OK if you destroy them, I don’t mind.” He’s the weirdest knit-worthy person ever! He appreciates the care taken to make the item so much he doesn’t want to destroy it. I’ll add that he wears all the sweaters I make for him and he doesn’t like a store-bought sweater, so it’s obvious what he’s up to with the socks. He loves the knitwear I make for him so much he’s afraid of ruining it. Me saying, “It’s OK to destroy them” may have no effect whatsoever, because I suspect he wants to keep them nice because I made them for him, so he feels like they’re keepsakes. How could I ever stop knitting socks for him? That’s sweet.

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This is such a sweet story! Also, thank you for always having such insightful comments. Not wanting to ruin a knit item is probably the only reason I would keep knitting for someone who doesn’t wear them. You’ve definitely got a good one. 🙂

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