What does this mean, exactly? Well, there are lots of definitions, but in the simplest of terms, it means someone for whom you would actually knit something. But like many things, there are multiple layers of meaning wrapped up in that term. When you think about it, a hand-knitted item is a big investment, and I'm not talking about just the yarn. Knitting something for someone else represents an enormous amount of time and energy. First you select the project and yarn. I have had folks in the shop labor hours over just the right color to enhance the recipient's eyes or hair. Then there is the perfect pattern. Knitters wonder, "What would so and so like best? How will he/she wear it?" Hours and hours are spent thinking about the recipient and planning the project. Then there is the actual time spent knitting the item - depending on the size and complexity, and your knitting speed, it could represent an afternoon, or many weeks of knitting. While you're knitting, you're often thinking about the recipient - you can't help it. Lots of positive energy is directed toward that individual as you put your skills to use. And finally, there is the opportunity cost. There are doubtless dozens of other ways you could have spent that time. Even if you would have spent that time knitting anyway, just think of all the fabulous other things you could have knit for yourself or someone else. So, knit-worthy means someone that you really care about and in whom you are willing to invest that amount of time and energy. Bear in mind that unless your recipient is a knitter too, it's unlikely that he or she will appreciate all of what went into the item. But that's okay. Gift knitting is an opportunity for you to express your feelings for that person whether or not they appreciate the extent of your effort. This definition of knit-worthy is much like parental love. You do for your child because you love him or her. It's about your love, with no expectations of anything in return. I think that's one of the best things about being a knitter.
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