As a newer knitter and returning crochet artist I relish in the idea of making something new slightly more challenging than the last project to grow in my skills. I’m sure many of you feel the same way when working on something new. Often times you will get one of two responses from people (friends, family and the like). “Why do you do that boring/stupid/worthless/unnecessary/useless/time-consuming thing?” Or, “Can you make me that?” The first one is nothing but insulting to all crafters who work hard at what they do and beam with pride with a finished project even if it came out less than stellar.
You have a feeling of accomplishment that; Yes I did make that! Or it was hard but, fun and I learned a lot in the process. The second such question asked causes mixed reactions/emotions. You’re glad someone wants one of your handmade items and thus perhaps will quickly cast onto the knitting needles/chain up a few stitches with the hook ready to delve into the latest project with gusto because you have an already made recipient of your item. Or you wonder to yourself, “Who do they think I am? What do they think I’m made of? I don’t know whether to be honored and proud they think I’m capable of such magnificent work or insulted they think I can whip up anything at the drop of a dime.
I’m having one such moment. My middle to the youngest niece is asking me to make her an overwhelming amount of projects. We picked out a few months ago a kimono I never got to as of yet. She wants a shrug now instead (I think). She wants a hat and now tonight while I was browsing Ravelry she decided she wants a bear.
Now a couple of pros and cons:
#1 Pro – the things she’s asking me to make I’ve not really done much of (especially the bear which I have never done) so I can learn new skills and techniques.
#2 Con – the things she’s asking me to make I’ve not really done before so it’s overwhelming
#3 Pro – I want to make her happy
#4 Pro – I want to always have projects to make
#5 Pro – I want to always have people to make things for
#6 Con – I think she’s going to kill me with these requested items
#7 Con – I don’t want her to lack appreciating for the amount of time it takes to make these items.
Knowing me: I’ll attempt to make them for her OR wait until once again she changes her mind about wanting it (the fickleness of a six-year-old).
How do you feel about making things for people who ask?