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Old 11-06-2005, 05:31 PM   #1
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For Whom Do You Knit??
Ok, so i know that the holidays are just around the corner and most are frantically making things to give as gifts, but it made me wonder what was the impetus to knit for most members?

For example: I started knitting about 1.5 years ago (marginally) and only seriously knitting about 10 moths ago. Since then i've made three baby blankets, 3 baby hats, a baby sweater, booties, a shawl for my sister, discloths for my mom and sister, about 7 scarves for family and friends, etc...

It dawned on me that i haven't really made anything for myself - not that i mind. I knit because i like it and i the finished products, but i guess i'd classify myself as a "gift knitter". I'm constantly finding things i'd like to make for others. I have about 25 projects i'm planning for my lovely sister and have 2 books on baby stuff and have NO children (nor plans for any) of my own, but i have friends who are rapidly procreating! However, I don't have a strong need to make things for me (i have a few sweater ideas, but i have so many other projects i'd like to finish first).

So my question to the forum is: For whom do you knit? Are the projects you complete for yourself or gifts for others generally?

Just curious,
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Old 11-06-2005, 05:35 PM   #2
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So far, just me. Then again, I only started knitting a few weeks ago and I have yet to finish my first project. :D It will be for me though. All the ideas I have in my head are for my son, husband, and other family members. They will all be overloaded with my knitting projects once I get a good hang of this!!
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Old 11-06-2005, 05:49 PM   #3
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OMG, Ive been knitting for EVERYONE! Each of our friends is getting a handknit birthday gift, and each of our family members for Christmas. And, I am knitting for Howie, because he's cold all the time. :(
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Old 11-06-2005, 06:00 PM   #4
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mostly for charity, then most for my family...

and if I do do something for me, I usually give it away.

though I was just thinking that I do need a new hat this winter! :D

edit: gah, that makes me sound like a do-gooder annoying-type person..I do have a scarf I wear a lot that I knitted...and I did just buy a ton of Elsebeth Lavold's angora for a sweater for me, and you'll be sure I'm not gonna give THAT away!
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Old 11-06-2005, 07:49 PM   #5
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I knit mostly for others...which is why I'm keeping my latest scarf (Heart from knitty.) haha.

I knit a lot for DD because baby projects are usually fast (unless it's the $%^&* seed stitch sweater that I've been working on forever), and they're a good way for me to try new things.

I'm knitting up a bunch of scarves to give tot he women I work with for the holidays.

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Old 11-06-2005, 08:11 PM   #6
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I mostly knit for anyone but myself. I have made several baby blankets and scarves and dish cloths. If I like someone I will knit for them but only for people that will appreciate it.



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Old 11-06-2005, 08:21 PM   #7
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My 36th FO was the first I knit for myself. I love knitting kids things because it's a great way to learn new things without a huge time/yarn commitment...a few have ended up staying home (for my girls) but I've given most of them away. That's one of the reasons I started my blog -- so I could have a record of what I've done (pictures, pattern modifications, etc).
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Old 11-06-2005, 08:42 PM   #8
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I knit mostly for myself because I'm still trying new things...and most of m friends are boys and don't appreciate knitting. My dad keeps asking me when I'll make him something and I keep saying, "When you decide to start wearing scarves, hats, or mittens." :P
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Old 11-06-2005, 11:09 PM   #9
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I knit mostly for myself--especially large things, like sweaters. Hard to figure out sizing for other people, and I don't want to put so much work into something only to have them not like it! But my family will be getting knitted Christmas presents this year!
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Old 11-06-2005, 11:41 PM   #10
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I knit for myself mostly. Although, this Christmas I will be giving several family members and a few friends knitted gifts. :D
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