I remember the horror I felt when knitting podcasters would mention gifting away their handknits; I honestly thought they were crazy or on a level of kindness unachievable by most of mankind. You spent that much time knitting that gorgeous piece only to have it slip through your fingers? Albeit, I am first and foremost a selfish knitter and have zero qualms about it. If I like a yarn, then that will turn into something for me. However sometimes the impossible happens…
Take this cowl. It’s the infamous 3 colour cashmere cowl by Joji Locatelli, and the third one I’ve knit yet failed to keep! It was the perfect recipe: a gorgeous speckled sparkly yarn that would hold my attention, vibrant colours that made me look forward to the various stages, and neutrals to balance it all out. I took my time knitting it, wove in the ends every now and then, and was super excited to have it finished.
And that was it.
The excitement was over. I loved how beautiful the cowl was, and kept admiring it…but I had no desire to wear it. It wasn’t something I wanted to toss on. It was something I felt that fit someone else in my family more. So I wrapped it in tissue paper (the fancy paper kind, not the Kleenex version), and gifted it. The response was wonderful; I received a quick heartwarming text appreciating the knitted cowl (especially since I usually gift knits for the wee ones in my family versus the adults) which made it all worth it.
So I get it now. Sometimes that piece just doesn’t speak to you…and it’s meant to be in someone’s life instead. Which is cool…frustrating at times (like the fact that I have less than 10 pairs of knitted socks despite always having socks on the needles)…but I am lucky enough to have knitworthy people in my life too.
Of course, the next thing I cast on will be for me ;).One Comment