Being knit worthy is a thing. It is the cause of the Boyfriend Sweater mythology
Not everyone is and before we make an investment of time and money (some pretty serious money depending on the yarn and some pretty serious time depending on the skill and the pattern) the first assessment we need to make is to know whether the person we are making something for is worth making something for.
I don’t knit socks is because when uses as intended, they quickly wear out. A good hike or a rigorous night on the dance floor and those socks are done.
This is the time of year knitters (crocheters, seamstresses, quilters) love getting out their tools and their fabric and fiber catalogs and get to working on those holiday gifts. Come January, you will find group pages filled with the lament of the makers. They will state how their work went unappreciated.
And there will just as many posts about relatives who appear ten days before Christmas with a photo of some elaborate thing and ask if you could make it for them in a couple of days for the party they are going to. They don’t have a pattern but you can just whip it up, right?
It’s OK to be selective
Knitting or crafting for someone is not a small thing. We craft because we love it. For some of us, like me, knitting is a spiritual gift. It is the process of knitting that brings me joy and peace and the finished object can be a part of that. It’s fine to be selective and give only to those people who will appreciate the time, effort and cost.
My husband, Mr. Honey, appreciates the effort but he hardly wears sweaters so if I made him one, it would find it’s way into his dresser. However, I get a request for a new scarf every few years. I just give him access to what’s on hand, he picks one out and we’re both happy with the results.
Don’t stress the thing that’s supposed to relieve stress. Knit for those who will appreciate it – everyone else can get a get a gift card.