August 1, 2007

Etiquette Question

So, I have a question for you all and I think it involves etiquette. Some time ago I received a great box of goodies from my dear friend Jessica. Jessica is a knitter, she has 2 fabulous dogs and lives (for the time being - thanks Army) in Kansas. Anyway - back to my question. One of the things in this box was 2 hanks of Koigu KPPPM in a fabulous red colorway. I love this yarn. However, for me, part of the joy (actually - all of it) is in the knitting. I really don't mind knitting something almost to completion and then ripping it back because there is an error or it's too big or two small - whatever. Doesn't bother me. I love the feel of the yarn moving through my fingers. The way the needles feel in my hands. The rhythmic sound the needles make as I'm knitting. Working out a pattern. Whatever - I enjoy the process. Don't get me wrong, I love wearing a fabulous handknit. I'm still not completely sold on handknit socks, but I'm trying it again. Anyway - here's the question - finally. Would it be bad manners to make socks for Jessica out of the great Koigu that she sent? What do you all think?

9 comments :

  1. I've seen others pose a similar question and it would appear there are mixed opinions but I think most people share mine. I would consider it very special to receive something that someone made for me from "raw materials" I gave them. Heck, just receiving a hand crafted item is special but she must already like the yarn so it will be doubly special!

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  2. I'm with Bonnie on this one. Kind of the ultimate "I was thinking of you when I made this" gift.

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  3. I don't think that it's bad manners. In fact, I participated in a 'swap' this year with someone who knits. I sent her some pretty pink yarn in with her package and a few weeks back she sent me a little something she made for me out of it. I thought it was very sweet!

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  4. I agree with the others - she obviously liked the yarn enough to buy it, and if she wears handknit socks, she'll love them too. I'm also a process knitter, giving away many of my projects. When the project is done, I'm done with it ;-) Except for socks - those I keep for myself!

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  5. Oh I think that is a great idea and I think she will love them
    My sister sent me some yarn for Christmas last year and I made her a pair of socks out it and sent them to her for her Birthday. She loved it!
    I too am a process knitter and it drives my familt crazy when I will inravel something I have been working on, or completely take apart something I finished.
    But I enjoy the yarn and learning different patterns and things.

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  6. i see no problem with knitting socks for jessica. as the other said....she liked the yarn enough to buy it.

    ...but if it really bothers you, i would always take a pair handknit socks. (just teasing) one day, i need to learn how to knit my own socks.

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  7. Not bad manners at all... I've seen other knitting friends do the same... one gifts some fiber or yarn to the other and then months or maybe a year later, viola... here's something for you from the fiber or yarn. Kinda cool actually.

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  8. What a lovely gift for your friend!

    If you are unsure, it would be wonderful for the Red Scarf Project!!

    http://www.orphan.org/index.php?id=40

    :)

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  9. Gaylen Marie, I want you to go get checked out at the nearest hopsital, I think you may have had a stroke, darlin'... oh, my eyes, I can't believe she made me read that question... (insert a breathless "I'm comin' Elizabeth" here. The Red Fox thing just popped into my head. it's late here...) *wink* Cami

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