You never really know if someone truly likes your gift, or just appreciates that you took the time and effort to make them something by hand. Does it even matter? After all, you got pleasure of making something, scratching that crafting itch, which is one of the reasons you started the gift in the first place. Right? (I say ‘started’ because there is that feeling when deadlines are looming and you’ve got twice as many rows/rounds/stitches etc to finish than is absolutely comfortable in the timescale, ie crafting panic.)
Besides, if they care about you as much as you care about them (why else would you have made them something by hand?), you’ll never actually know that they don’t like it. They’ll be too nice about it.
But it does matter that they like it. Sure, sure, the thought does count, but only if its an fitting thought about an suitable gift for the appropriate person. We wouldn’t bother if we knew the recipient of that lovingly crafted gift wouldn’t truly appreciate it. If you’re anything like me, you choose projects carefully, scouring the pattern books for that perfect idea and even subtly running the idea past the person to see if they actually like it as much as you imagined they would. Choosing the project sometimes takes longer than working it up.
Which is why, I was so utterly gleeful when my little boy started playing with the very first thing I made especially for him. Me being pregnant at the time, I wasn’t able to gauge when I started if he was going to like the bear or not! This was my first attempt at creating a knitted toy pattern and I really wanted him to love it!
It took 5 ½ months for my baby to be interested in it, which was a little heartbreaking, but I had 5 ½ months of new parenthood to distract me, on Wednesday morning when he was teething and feeling a little bit blue, Rainbow Ted was the only thing that could coax a smile out of him!
I even had time to take these…