I went to Joanne’s Saturday in search of fabric for a my Katies’ Halloween costume. She has decided that she wants to be a hotdog. As I filled my cart with pink vinyl, sparkling relish beads, and mustard yellow 3D fabric paint, Halloween filled my mind, but the cheery plaid tins and glittery blue stars reminded me that Hanukah is just 45 days away, and Christmas just 60. My stomach lurched a little. We are at the top of the annual holiday roller coaster, and knitters the world over are planning and casting on projects for gift-knitting. In the shop I offer a silent prayer that everything goes as it should in the complicated web that links knitter, project, recipient, and time. Like so many things in life, gift knitting is complicated. An investment of our most valuable of our assets, personal time and energy – knitting for another is filled with emotion and expectation. It is, for us, a tangible expression of our deep affection for the recipient.
A hand-knit gift is wonderful and eminently doable. Choose something relatively quick and easy, like a hat, or mittens, or a chunky scarf and you can absolutely create a slew of hand-knit gifts you’ll be proud to give. I’ll be putting out lots of ideas for gifts you can realistically whip up in an afternoon or over a weekend.
While it would be wonderful to shower everyone we care about with our hand-knit affection, that list usually far exceeds available time, especially during the holiday season. Sometimes it just comes down to this: You need a beautiful and special gift for someone you love. Something unique – something the recipient doesn’t already have – a hand-knit gift is the perfect choice, of course, but remember, there’s no law that says it has to be hand knit by you!
You can purchase a perfectly lovely hand-knit gift at Crazy for Ewe.
We get asked all the time about our samples, which are not for sale. Until they are. And they are next month. First Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 8th, Crazy for Ewe handknit samples will be available for sale to the general public. You, as special newsletter subscribers, have first dibs and can start shopping Thursday November 5th
Everything is clean and fresh, and we’ll wrap your purchase up in white tissue, ready for giving. You can offer a beautiful, perfectly knit garment to your loved one – whether they know who did the actual knitting is entirely your call.