In the run up to Christmas there are many people who choose to make a few of the gifts they will give.
My latest handmade gift was a scarf I knitted a family friend's birthday. The Chinook Scarf.
A very good scarf to make for a gift I think, especially for a beginner knitter like me. It's relatively quick to knit up, and looks a little more refined with it's shawl-esque look and lace edging.
It's a very good pattern for a beginner wishing to learn a couple of new skills. It's has increasing and decreasing, the i-cord along one edge and the lace along the other. It's an excellent pattern for that first step into lace knitting, with just the edging being lace, it's gives a taster without being overly daunting.
Pattern : Chinook Scarf (Ravelry, free)
Needles : 4.5mm
Yarn : Wendy Sorrento DK 50g (45% cotton 55% acrylic)
Colourway : 2416 Clover
Cost : 2 skeins @ £1.69 each (on sale) = £3.38
This was my first attempt at blocking too. I had no real idea of what I was doing but it seemed to work out and opened up the lace edging well. The narrow end sections still curled but not sure why. Think it may have simply been the stocking stitching. I don't think better blocking would have improved it. Maybe I'm wrong.
Whenever I make a gift I have a wobble of confidence. Is it good enough? Will they like it? Does it look like I made it? I mean the last one in the sense of badly made, like a child made it. If a child has made it though, it's all good, it's a sure fire winner with the rellies. If I've made it, I want it to look professional, almost shop bought. It still needs to have the essence of handmade, so they can see I put a crap load of hours and effort into it, but on the other hand it needs to look good enough that it could have been bought.
Plus, I always have to suppress an urge to explain the gift. Explain to the giftee my whole thought process behind said gift. Plus exactly how long it actually took to make it. Because running parallel with the doubt is also the pride of having actually made something, and in my case having actually completed it. I want to put a label on said item laying out the exact number of man hours that has gone into making it, including finding the right pattern, understanding said pattern, choosing the right colours, fabric, yarn etc. The frogging or seam ripping, the frustration and sometimes literally the blood, sweat and tears that can often go along with some projects. I want them to appreciate it, love it, but most of all I simply want them to use it. That's the highest compliment I can get.
At the end of the day, a gift is a gift, and whether it's bought or made your not always going to get it right I guess. But if they, at least, don't appreciate the time and effort gone into it, then make sure they get bubble bath next time.
Peace Out X