There are many people who ADORE receiving hand-knit or crochet items; but thereI'm lucky that most of the people I knit for are appreciative of my handknits. I've never gotten the "oh, look. handmade crap." response that it seems a lot of other people face. Then again, I don't knit for people who I know won't appreciate the knit item - either because they don't wear knit stuff (Dad - and then I just knit something he will appreciate, like baby hats or the coffeepot cozy), or because they aren't that close and/or have a bad attitude about any gift. As I've mentioned before, I'm just as likely to get irritated by a bad response to a purchased gift as to a handmade gift!
are just as many who have no appreciation whatever of how much love, work, and
time goes into a hand-made item. Share a story of a hand-made gift you gave to
someone and how it worked out - good, bad, or ugly!
This means that most of my bad gift moments have been MY fault, not the fault of the receiver. The most notorious one is that I'm apparently incapable of knitting things to fit my friend S. First I made her a hat that is so big she wears it OVER another hat when she's truly cold (mainly for sleeping, the hat I made is "safety orange" so doesn't exactly match most of her wardrobe. That's another story). I possibly should have checked gauge on that one. Then I made a pair of socks that she wears as slippers. She claims to love them, but I have my doubts. I sense that she loves me, and loves to wear the slippers because they reminder her of me. ;) Luckily, for Xmas this year I made her a Hannah hat that fits... except that it's too short to cover her earlobes. I'm trying to get her to ship it back to me so I can attach earflaps. That hat matches the sock/slippers and the flowered hair elastic, and I've got a tiny amount left to turn into something random for her for a pick-me-up in the spring.
Good moments? My MIL loves the scarf I made for her this year - even though it's all curled up and refuses to block. My Dad teared up (several times) over the 21 hats we gave him for the 20 Hats Project (I made 14 of them!). J, B, and R all love their Jayne hats, and M adores her mittens on a string. On the whole, it was a good season for Xmas gifts - they all seem to have gone over well - and they all actually fit for once!