Today's post is about the fates of the items we make. Where do they go? How do they last?
I often wonder about things I have given to people. I think most of us would agree we really want our presents to be found useful and our hard work appreciated. Would most non-knitters realize how much more work a scarf is than say, a hat? Don't even get me started on socks.
One of the very first things I ever made for someone else was a crocheted hat for my boyfriend (now husband) about 5 1/2 years ago. I had taught myself to crochet and G really wanted a hat with earflaps. I remember I even went to an LYS and bought some Phildar Pegase+ for it (which at the time I thought was VERY fancy yarn - ha, little did I know...).
I don't remember where I got the pattern but I worked so hard at the hat and despite it looking a bit like a bowl with ears, G loved it.
|a hat only a bowl (or a smitten man) could love|
|G and his hat with our 6 week old Monkey in April 2008|
|G, Monkey & the hat in December 2010|
At the end of the day, I guess I really want the gifts I make for people will be loved and used. I don't want them put away in a cupboard to "save" or "protect" them.
I hope my loved ones will be able to look at the items I have made and be reminded of fun times and happy memories.
Besides, if they wear out, it gives me a good excuse to make some more : )
I think this year G is getting a new hat.