Why I'm not crocheting any more presents for anyone ever again... maybe
Katie Lee writes...
Ever since I started crocheting, making gifts for people has been the thing that has really brought me pleasure. Every Christmas I make big plans to crochet everyone on my Christmas list a gift. Invariably, I run out of time before the big day arrives, but it's the thought that counts.
Of course, I always beat myself up about my failure to produce goodies for all, but I don't think anyone on my gift list is ever too cut up about it. Most of the presents I've made people (often at their request, might I add) seem to languish unused and unloved in some cupboard somewhere, acting as nothing more than a glorified moth restaurant. My sister's tea cosy sits unused and unloved in her spare bedroom (taunting me every time I visit), My boyfriend's grandma has hidden the cosy I made her in her kitchen drawer and uses a different one, and I've never seen any evidence of the little bag I made my niece being put to use (in fact, I've never seen it since that fateful day it was unwrapped with much false glee.) As for my friend Lia and her various gifts: well, the least said about those the better.
Screw 'em, that's what I say. If they can't appreciate the genius of my ugly creations, then I'm just going to keep all that crafty crochet goodness to myself. Ungrateful wretches. Apart from the hat I made my niece, the two hats I've made for my new baby niece-in-law (which she has no choice but to wear), and the skull and cross bone placemat I made for my skull-loving friend, apart from all those gifts, I'm not making gifts any more... OK, that's probably a lie - making things for other people is more fun, even if they do just quietly secrete them into a bottom drawer for the moths to enjoy. The buggers.
Katie Lee is editorial director of Shiny Media, and writes her own personal craft blog, wittily entitled Good Hooking. She's also writing a green wedding column for Bridalwave. She sure does get about.
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