Knitting for Others

Whenever I am knitting something, people will ask me who I am knitting the socks, shawl, scarf, mitts, etc. for.  Usually I say “no one in particular” but in reality I am knitting for myself.  I don’t need 33 shawls for myself and they don’t really get worn much because as much as I love knitting them, I don’t really feel like they are often my style.  It is all about therapy.  I find the rhythm of knitting so relaxing after a stressful day of work.  It is a great way for me to shut out the world.

I am also overly critical of most things I make and don’t consider them good enough for the real world.  And it isn’t always easy to know who will appreciate a hand knit item.  I have given baby knits to co-workers having babies and never heard anything more about them.  I have started a sweater for another baby coming in August.  The really crazy thing is that I have spent a fair amount of time trying to find the right pattern for the yarn I have and then starting 2 other sweaters before settling on this one.  And I have no idea if it will be any better received than the last ones. 

Matt  has asked me to make hats for his friends over the last year because they have admired the one I made for him.  That is when I have enjoyed knitting for others.  Here he is with a couple of them in their hats.


My mother in law and sister in law are also very appreciative of the things I have made for them.  I wove this shawl for the MiL for this past Christmas. 

Using these yarns:


I was fairly pleased with it since it was only the second thing I have ever woven on my table loom.  Too bad I didn’t press it better before I took these pictures!  But then I have never been good at ironing.  I believe it is time to pull out the loom again!

Cheers, ya’ll!


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