Knitting-Free Handknit Holidays
October 28, 2013
[Is this thing on? I can’t find the cupholder. Where is the Jack White button?]
I love to knit. You know that. I know that. Most of the people reading this love to knit. But there is an aspect of knitting we don’t talk about much, which is The Specific Stuff We Don’t Like to Knit In Spite of Our Love of Knitting Generally. I think we don’t talk about it because we would quickly get into arguments about why a knitter wouldn’t love knitting the thing that is the favorite thing to knit of some other knitter. For example, I will confess only to the most broad-minded of sock knitters that I don’t have much enthusiasm for knitting socks.
And then there’s hats. Hats are cyclical with me. I knit a lot of them, or a lot of one of them, and then I don’t knit a single hat again for years. Not even a wee baby bonnet. They lose their flavor, like chewing gum on the bedpost overnight.
So what to do when your child, a knitter’s child, has no hat? My first step is to queue a bunch of hats on Ravelry, with all the will in the world to knit one. Perfect snack knitting, it will just take me an evening or two. But I find myself easily deterred by questions of fit and style, and which yarn, and then I pick up my other knitting and forget about it. During this process, the child’s ears get cold, and her head grows. I won’t BUY her a hat. She needs a handknit hat. She is a knitter’s child.
You see the problem.
I have found the solution to the problem.
The solution is Ricefield Collective. Read all about it. It’s a wonderful project, the kind of project knitters dream about. Well, some knitters are making it happen. But back to me and my hat issue? I bought a hat from Ricefield Collective.
It’s a great design. It was knitted beautifully, of wool that I’d knit with happily. The packaging is nice and includes a picture of the knitter who made it. It’s reasonably priced for the quality of the yarn and design, and for the time and skill of the knitter. And now my kid has a hat.
For me, this is a solution to the holiday knitting frenzy. I feel good about the knits, the source and the people, and my holiday giftees get a handknit, from me if not by me. Do they really care that I didn’t knit it myself? Maybe a little. But a Today Hat has a clear advantage over a Someday (Maybe, When I’m in the Mood) Hat.