April FO’s (and a winner!)

When I sit down to write this post I always think I didn’t finish anything this month but then I look through my pictures and find I actually did.  But first, we have a winner!!! There were six entries for the dpn cozy and so I entered 1-6 on Google and it came back with #4 which was whip1up!!!  Congrats!!!  I will get your prize out in the mail soon!

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As for the FO’s, one is a gift so I will discuss after it’s been given.  And then we have all the Easter bunnies!  I knit 4 in total and when I took them to knit night two of my friends ended up knitting a bunch of them as well.  Between the 3 of us we gave them to kids ranging in age from 1 – 9 years old, both boys and girls, and all loved them!  So I would definitely recommend for anyone.

One cute story before I move on.  One of mine was for my friends’ six year old.  He very much loved it and came up to later in the day and said “you are very talented to make this”  I just yes, I didn’t want to burst his bubble 🙂

The other thing I finished was an octopus.  I’m not sure if you have seen the stories in the news about the crocheted octopus being used in NICUs for preemie babies (see this Today show story).  I had seen the story and was interested.  Later that day I went to an appointment and my nurse asked me if I knew about it.  She wanted one to give to one of the other nurses in her department.  I did some research and there are groups on Facebook that give the directions that must be followed to officially donate an octopus. This one will be given to a preemie for use at home so it was my test knit to see how it works.  My gauge is a bit off so I might need to find thinner cotton if I make them to donate but I love how this one turned out.  I used Cotton Supreme from Universal Yarn and it is definitely my favorite cotton ever!!  It’s so soft and was so easy to work with.  If preemies are a cause you would consider knitting for check out this project.

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That’s is for April.  I’m frantically trying to finish a shawl for an event in May, something I’m referring to as Project Crazy so I hope to have one FO next month, but maybe more!

Happy knitting to all!

Great Knitting Debates: Gift Knitting Edition

Back in the saddle this week – totally planned on doing a post last week but the week got away from me.  Good news is that I did get in a fun, knitting-related adventure which I will touch on later.  But, first, let’s talk about gift knitting because ’tis the season!

I feel that there are several issues which will cause quite a debate if brought up on the company of knitters.  One of those is definitely gift knitting so I thought I would share my thoughts on the subject this week.  I’m a huge fan of gift knitting.  I knit gifts every Christmas, and some years they become MLK Day gifts or Presidents’ Day gifts but that’s okay.  I also do not take into account the person’s “knitworthiness”  This is a term I’ve heard and seen thrown around with more frequency of late.  And, I feel it makes us knitters sound very snobby about our knitting.  No, I’m sorry, you’re not worthy of my knitting time.  Maybe I’m just lucky and I feel that everyone in my life is knitworthy.  But, I don’t think that’s it.  I feel everyone deserves a hand knit gift.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not knitting everyone I know a pair of socks, or even a scarf but there are plenty of little knit items I’ve made as Christmas presents over the years.  Years ago I read a book (can’t recall the title) and it was about using feng shui to clean your clutter.  It had a lot of good things to say but the one that really stuck with me was that once you give a gift it’s the receiver’s and you have to (in Elsa’s words) let it go.  In this case the author was talking to gift receivers and saying that even if it was a gift, if you are not using it, it does not fit or whatever the issue you are free to let it go.  Just because it’s a gift is not reason to hold on to the item.  I think of that when I’m giving a gift as well.  Maybe the person won’t know how long it took me to knit the item and maybe they won’t like it but that’s not really the point.  Maybe it ends up at their Goodwill store – well, hopefully someone will buy who does really want it.

I don’t normally knit for the same person year to year.  And, sometimes, I like to surprise people with a hand knit gift.  I’m not knitting it for their reaction but for my enjoyment of knitting and of gift giving.  And, let’s face it – how many socks/shawls/scarves do we as knitters actually need?  I’m going to knit all the time so I might as well share the joy of a handmade items with others in my life.

Sorry for the poor picture quality but these were all taken pre-blog and before I started working on my photography skills.  These are all gifts I’ve made in past as gifts for Christmas.  I would say that of the 4 I have no idea what happened to 3 of them.  I can tell you that the angel in the bottom corner was eaten by mice in my friend’s attic.  I will also say that my friend was so upset about it that I knit her another one.  Status of the replacement angel is unknown.  None of these (well, maybe the angel) took much time and I have no idea if the person who received them really liked them or not.  I was not even present when the wine or the stockings were opened.

So, where do you stand on gift knitting?  I hope if you are gift knitting that it is all going well 🙂  More on last weekend’s knitting adventure next week but now I have some knitting to get to!