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A Yarncrafter’s Perfect Gift

December 16th, 2008

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This is a guest post from our intern, Lindsey. Her last blog post was about her great Homespun Ruffled Scarf.

I am an indecisive person and, after making all my decisions for what to make everyone for Christmas, I wondered, what will I knit after the holidays? Sometimes, I feel that I spend more time on Ravelry and the Lion Brand Pattern Finder than I do actually knitting or crocheting. So, for my Christmas gift I’ve asked my family to decide on projects for me.

Each of my family members is picking a pattern, either for me, or them, or both, and giving me the yarn and necessary materials to go with it. I’ve shown them the Lion Brand Pattern Finder, which gives them plenty of options for how to search for patterns. I’ve also let them know what my skill levels are in both knit and crochet, and also that I’m always willing to try new things that push my skills.

For me, it’s perfect: every family member gets to pick a piece that is unique, something they will enjoy, and something they put just enough thought and effort into to feel good about giving me. They get to put thought and effort into it without worrying whether or not I’ll love it, because no matter what I will enjoy making it.

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  • Christine W

    What a great idea! I hope they all take you up on the offer. I would love it if my family would do that for me (and them!)

  • Karen P

    This is a great idea. I think it is especially good for my sons, because I always have a hard time figuring out what to make them.

  • http://bumblebeecreations.blogspot.com Tonka

    That’s a brilliant idea. Maybe I’ll try it next year. Thanks!

  • http://kateycp2k.wordpress.com Kate

    Way cool! I hope you get a lot of nice yarn and patterns! My boss gave me a gift certificate for the online store/catalog and (unless I get it from someone else) there’s an interchangeable needle set calling my name!

  • Renee

    I did something similar for my twin sister this year. I made a “sweater request form” for her birthday present. It was a long, thin form like a sushi order form, but instead I made it with check boxes for style of sweater (pullover, cardigan), neck (turtle, mock, crew, V), and every other option I could think of including pattern and color. She loved it and my mother was instantly jealous! I’ll be making a cabled long sleeved cardigan for my sister, as soon as she decides on a color.

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