Gift giving around the holidays can be kind of a sticky wicket for someone who knits. Some may expect you to knit a sweater for everyone you know every year, and others literally dread if you’re going to burden them with some handknit nonsense they’ll never wear. I did crochet practically everyone a hat or ear warmer one year, and I’m pretty sure I’m the only one using mine. Having knit-worthy recipients is quite a special treat.
In the last year I’ve implemented, when I can, gifting the intention of a handknit item. For three recipients so far, I’ve told them I’d like to knit them a pair of socks and that they could choose the pattern and yarn so that they will have totally personalized one-of-a-kind socks.
This was a lot of fun to bombard the recipient with choices (sorry guys) and see where their own creativity takes them. I’ll definitely continue to do this method of gift-giving in the future if I’m feeling up to it. If you’re panicking over not having time to knit an item for someone who you know would appreciate it, I highly recommend gifting the intention of a knitted item!
Another avenue I’m exploring for gift-giving now is pattern design. I’ve finally gifted the shawl below to its recipient (hi Denise!), so I can talk about it now :). I’ve got a shawl design in the works, but before it was completely solidified, I had a lot of ideas to work out. I was using several shades of purple-ish leftover yarn to try my shawl ideas out, but I knew I didn’t want this lavender yarn to be the color of my official pattern sample, so I just kept going when I came across an idea that I liked better than what I had already knit. In general I’m a “keep knitting, it’s fine” rather than a “frog it and fix it” kinda lass.
The official design for this shawl is well underway, and I can’t wait to show it to you all. Let’s just say, Game of Thrones fans are going to love it super hard.
I have several other ideas to work out in pattern writing. Whether it takes 1 iteration or several, I think instead of struggling to find the perfect pattern to make for a recipient, I’ll knit my pattern samples with my friendsies in mind. I will say, though, if I knock it out of the park on the first try, and it’s perfect for me, I’m keeping it. No shame in my game.