Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Selfish knitter..?

Maybe I am... I had this idea about homemade christmas gifts this year. But so far I have only made three and I don't feel like knitting more... Partly because I want to knit everything else and partly because I don't feel that everyone deserves my knitted items...
The thought behind a homemade gift whether it is knitted or made in another way is good, and I really like the idea. But I think I start too late each year so it becomes more like a duty than a cozy moment with my crafting.
How do you feel about all this?
Do you make your gifts?
Do you start arly or do you knit like crazy the last weeks?

Julekuler & Julehjerter

Knitting: I casted on a Julekule yesterday and before I knew it I had made three. They really are a fast knit and they are so pretty! I also casted on a heart and love it! I plan to knit lots of these so I can decorated with them in December :)

Reading: Heartless has been put aside for The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters (Miss Temple, Doctor Svenson, and Cardinal Chang #1). I am halfway throug the 800 pages and I find it hard to put down at nights.

17 comments:

  1. Having a hand made Christmas can be hard, I started in January and am still behind, although it's my fault because I keep adding to
    the list.
    Your Julekule is so pretty. I am just learning how to knit colorworks, but now I really want to knit a few hearts too...and this is why I may not finish my Christmas list!;)

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  2. This year I haven't done any knitting for gifts - I decided that it always stresses me out and I end up resenting it. I do make some things, this year I've done food related gifts. Also, if some people don't deserve the time and love that goes into knitting, you shouldn't guilt yourself over it!

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  3. I am like you. I only knit gifts for the people who appreciate them. This year all of my Christmas knitting is being mailed to recipients who live far away. This means I am in the middle of the rush to finish right now. I don't like to feel this kind of pressure - you are right, it takes the joy out of knitting - so next year I need a better plan.

    I just knit my first Julekule yesterday. What fun! That one was a gift, but I will be knitting some for our tree as soon as I get these gifts off my needles and into the post. Have you seen Arne and Carlos's Easter book? I just ordered a copy!

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  4. I know what you mean. I only knit items for people I know will love it, too. Some people don't realize the effort that goes into it and it would be better just to grab them something at the store then go through all the work which could be going for someone who will love it.

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  5. Knitted gifts will only go to very very close people and they really have to like it. I knitted a baby blanket for a neice once, and that's the last I saw of it. I wasn't amused.

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  6. I make what I want to make. If I don't feel like it, then I do not do it. I've found as soon as I felt obligated or pressured it took the fun out of knitting. Lovely ornaments you have on the needles!!

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  7. your ornaments are beautiful. what a great way to get into that color switching. i might give that a try. :)
    as for knitting for the holidays, so far this year i am only knitting for my family (as in my husband and kids) because i have found alot of people don't seem to get the work, love, time etc that goes into a hand knitted object. it can take weeks to knit a sweater, and the whole time you are thinking about that person and hoping they like it only to have them sort of brush it off. (ok, so i have had bad experiences. lol)

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  8. It takes time and enjoyment. I feel like I don't enjoy it as much when I gift too many. I'm selfish, too! And now I want to make the "kuler og hjerter". Look like gifts to me! Gotta go!

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  9. So cute. I keep saying I am going to make some ornaments, and then I never get started in time. Maybe I should just do one a month starting in Jan? LOL

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  10. Not selfish at all. Your ornaments look lovely!

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  11. If it were knitting for one or two people who liked small things like wristlets, it'd be one thing ... but knitting for lots of people takes lots of planning and starting around July! Then it's no fun, because you're not knitting anything for yourself, and it becomes a tedious chore! I knit for friends one year and started in August, and I was just exhausted by Christmas.

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  12. I don't knit for just anyone. Some people just don't appreciated handmade, or wouldn't know how to care for a handknit item (or wouldn't take the time/care even if I taught them).

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  13. Personally I only knit for people who I know will appreciate the time and effort that went into them. Sadly most people don't know how long it takes to knit a pair of socks or a beautiful scarf. Also, knitting is supposed to make me happy, and getting stressed out over knitting Christmas gifts is not my idea of happiness or time well spent...
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. Oh boy do I feel you're spot on! For me, I say I won't and then end up doing some last minute ones. It's all last minute b/c I want to cut down on Xmas expenses every year.

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  15. not selfish, very wise. i love how you put it hege, i mostly only knit for others now only when asked. i love your knitted ornaments, i forgot about that ornament book, adding it to my list right now.

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  16. Jeg har også bestemt meg for mange år siden for å kun strikke de julegavene jeg har lyst til å strikke til de jeg vet setter pris på dem. I år vet jeg ikke om det blir noen hjemmestrikkede julegaver overhodet, men jeg skal gi bort noen sjal før og etter jul som jeg har lagt mye arbeid, tid og tanker ned i, håper de blir vel mottatt. Julekuler har jeg ikke hatt noe lyst til å strikke før jeg så dine. Disse var kjempefine, så kanskje jeg må revurdere.

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  17. It is hard knitting under a deadline and procrastination always is a problem for me! Also, not everyone appreciates handmade gifts so I only knit a few presents each year.

    I absolutely love the ornaments you knitted! They are so pretty!

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