With Valentines in the air I felt it appropriate to share my feelings on knitting and love. As you may have noticed, over the years, I rarely knit for me and I love to knit gifts! Knitted gifts are completely impractical in many ways, they are usually more expensive than purchasing a present and they ALWAYS take more time. But I can’t resist. It makes me so happy to wrap the people I love in something I have hand knit!
appreciative recipients of hand knits
Two of my favourite people to knit for are Emmy and my Mum. My mum is often the recipient of hand knit gifts and I think this may be a response to all the things she made for me when I was little. I know she will appreciate the things I make for her, and I see her wearing her knits all the time.
Emmy appreciates a knitted gift on all levels. As an avid knitter, she knows exactly how much work goes into a project, loves all things yarn, and the best part? She is almost always chilly and therefore almost always clad from head to toe in knits!
I have expounded before on how much I enjoy knitting for babies on the way. As I create a blanket, hat, or a sweater I dream about the people these wee ones will become. There is something about knitting, stitch by stitch, that allows for that kind of contemplation. I have knit two hats for friends during their labours. Knitting is a great way to keep nerves in check and pass the time as well while waiting for a baby to arrive! I managed to finish both hats before the babies arrived! I’m a fast knitter and first babies come a little slower.
hand knits for the babes
I also knit a lot for my kids. I had no idea I would enjoy knitting for them this much! I love being able to take Hunter, Jones, and Bodhi outside in the cold clad in hand knits. They have hats and cowls, sweaters and mittens, so they will be warm no matter what else the day brings. I wash their knits by hand and lay them flat to dry and know that wherever they go they have a little piece of mummy with them.
So, what do you knit for love? Do you set aside a box of gift knits to choose from or do you knit with someone specific in mind?
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