Let’s talk about knitting gifts for others.
Gift knitting can be a tricky subject among knitters. There are a number of considerations one makes before knitting a gift for a friend or family member, the primary one being this:
Are they Knitworthy?
Knitworthy (also written as Knit-worthy) is a term that all knitters understand, even if they don’t know the term for it. It encompasses three main factors.
How to Tell if You are Knitworthy:
- You understand the cost of good yarn
- You recognize the amount of time and effort it takes to make a knitted item
- You understand or are willing to learn (and remember) how to properly care for your knitted item
Being Knitworthy is an auspicious honor. It implies that you are a respected and trusted friend or family member.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve certainly knit for non-knitworthy people.
These slippers, for example, were knit for extended family, none of whom I would typically consider the most Knitworthy. I spent a month knitting all fourteen of these slippers.
But even in this case, I had a very good reason for knitting these slippers. My grandmother did something similar for the entire family when she was alive. I knew that my aunts and uncles would understand and appreciate the significance of that even if they didn’t understand the amount of care they should give the slippers.
For the most part, though, I have only 5 people that I always consider Knitworthy.
Of those 5, I’d have to say that Taylor, my best friend, is easily the hardest to knit for. The girl owns her own yarn business, for goodness sake! (Etsy.com/shop/catsockfibersllc, if anyone is interested.) She’s just as much, if not more of a knitter than I am, so it’s always tough to pick a project that she would like that she isn’t already planning to knit herself.
I think that I’m also a very “generous” knitter.” I use the word “generous” loosely, simply as the opposite to a “selfish knitter.”
A selfish knitter is someone who knits primarily for themselves. I find this term misleading, because it has such a negative connotation, but it is the common lingo for this type of knitter.
The most obvious indicator of my “generous knitter” status is in my priorities this year. I have planned out (charted, even) a hand-made gift for every single gift-giving holiday this year.
I have plans to finish all of my knitted items before I start on anything for myself.
That being said, I’m hoping to get them all done by June, so that I can have at least half a year to devote entirely to my own knits.
So maybe I do have a bit of selfish knitter in me after all.
How do all of you feel about gift knitting? Are you a selfish or a generous knitter? Let me know in the comments!