As my daughter pulls out the proverbial stops, as it were, for Christmas, and though I’m a person who belongs to no religion and celebrates no religiously-themed holidays, I simply cannot disappoint my daughter and grandchildren by appearing on their doorstep in December as Mormor (Grandmother) Scrooge.
I refuse to join the hoards of crazed shoppers who mob shops as soon as Thanksgiving is over, but I will stay in the quiet of my own home, pick up my needles and dig through my yarn stash. Thankfully, there’s only a few people I knit for at Christmas: three related to me by blood and two by marriage. And I start that knitting in the summer, which is why, in October, I have only one more holiday item to knit!
After seeing this book, however, I realized I’ve become THE grandmother who gives her grandchildren a hand knit sweater and “something educational” – a book, globe, microscope, art sets and the like. Oh dear. (I hope I’m not one step away from putting a package of tube socks in their Christmas stockings.)
Now my grandson is a gentle soul and wears anything I knit him because it’s from ME (reminding me of me – a child in sunny Marin County, California, who wore all the ski sweaters lovingly knit by her grandmother back in Sørlandet). My granddaughter, however, is the kind of child who lets you know what she REALLY thinks of your gifts.
Case in point: I recently sent the grandchildren some puzzles, and they Skyped me the day they received it. Grandson O thanked me enthusiastically and told me he loved puzzles. My Granddaughter F thanked me but leaned into the camera and whispered “but I don’t really like puzzles.” 🙂
This explains why everything and anything I knit for Granddaughter F is some bright (blinding) shade of pink. As that’s her favorite color, it allows her to find something she can honestly say she likes about her hand knit gift, even if it’s only the color!
Are your children and grandchildren brutally honest about the hand knit items you give them?!