Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Yarn Along


Happy Wednesday! I've been away from the laptop for the past several days, just taking a bit of a breather while I attend to some real-life things. I miss this space acutely when I don't visit often enough. I was really glad when Yarn Along day rolled around. I like the way a weekly prompt focuses my time and attention. I joined in last May, hoping Yarn Along would keep my long summer break feeling more organized and purposeful, and here I am six months later, still finding the same important reasons to stay involved. It makes me happy.

This week, I'm working on Hensfoot and a few other small gift projects behind the scenes. Sadly, I have learned that someone no longer wants my handmade gifts. This truly breaks my heart. I know most of you would feel the same way. But maybe it's also a blessing, since I was falling behind on my gift projects for the holidays anyway, and this will take some of the pressure off. If there's one thing I've learned, it's that making, and giving, should be joyous.

I'm reading a wonderful book that I won in a recent giveaway. Modern Vintage Gifts is the latest book by our talented blogging friend, Helen Philipps. She gave away two copies of her new book on her blog, and I was one of the lucky winners! It's a beautiful book, full of lovely project ideas, and I can't wait to give them a try. Thank you, Helen!

Thank you for joining in with my Winter Project Link Party! The November party is live until just before midnight on Friday; if you haven't already joined in, you still have plenty of time to do so. It's fine to link up with a post you've already written about your projects, it doesn't have to be a dedicated post just for the party. All I ask is that you include a link back to the party post so that others can join in too. It just helps spread the word. I've been happy to hear that some of you are getting new traffic from the party, that's exactly what I had hoped would happen. I hope you're finding motivation and inspiration too. 

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along

29 comments:

  1. That stinks about the rejected knitted gifts. But at least you know, and you can knit for someone who truly appreciates it. I think my mom appreciates my knits the most since she's a failed knitter, and knows how much work goes into everything I make. Enjoy your holiday knitting/gift giving!

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  2. Hi Jennifer, thanks you for your visit by me. You did make me happy. I like "yarn along" too. I have to send my crocheting to Ginny.
    Have a lovely day, Jitka

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  3. Who couldn't love a home made gift?! Never mind, all the more time to concentrate on those who will appreciate them. Your Hensfoot is looking fab. xx

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  4. I know lots of people who wouldn't appreciate a homemade gift, I gave a lovely face cloth and soap set to a friend last year, she said thanks I think, what's it for exactly? now I will only give to those I know will appreciate it. That book looks great Jennifer I bet there are lots of lovely projects I may just put it on my Christmas list. :) xx

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  5. A shame about the person not wanting a handmade gift. Linda's friend sounds unappreciative too, what is wrong with the world?! When I was a little my mother's cousin made me a little felt needlecase. I use to this day, and I love it so much. I really must show her at Christmas that I still have it. A couple of holes are wearing in the cover where I stick the needle that I'm using. I have a fantastic peg apron that Christina made as well. The handmade things are the best as far as I'm concerned. CJ xx

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  6. I'm sorry that someone has been unappreciative of your kindness Jennifer, but at least you will have more time to concentrate on those who will treasure your gifts. I love your hensfoot blanket, it's going to be wonderful when it's finished. Enjoy the rest of the week. Jane xx

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  7. Your hensfoot blanket is lovely, as are all your makes...how sad that someone is unappreciative of the time and love you put into your beautiful knitted and crocheted creations. A handmade gift is so special.....I have a friend who makes me shawls and other knits for my birthday and Christmas presents and I love that she made them specially, they mean so much.
    I am so glad that your book arrived safely, and thank you so much for your sweet words and the links too, dear Jennifer.
    Wishing you plenty of happy crafty November days.
    Helen xox

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear your gifts are no longer wanted by somebody, it's great you still have others to make for. There have been a few times when I am not sure if someone is pleased with what I have made them. This year she put in a request, perhaps she wanted to be sure I would make something she liked :-) At least she didn't say no thanks altogether to my handmade gifts! I don't think handmade gifts are truly appreciated unless the recipient is a crafter themselves. Others can't always see all the hard work and time that has gone into making it. I am enjoying the party, thanks for hosting it xx

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  9. I'm sorry someone didn't appreciate your handmade gifts, and that makes me sad. Don't they know how amazing you are, how creative and generous!? It's always tricky, knowing when to give handmade or not. I really like the look of that book, thanks for the recommendation. Xx

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  10. I remember distinctly when I made pinafore dresses and blouses for 2 nieces' Christmas gifts when they were about 4 and 6 years old. The older girl unwrapped hers and said "Och, not more homemade stuff!". I was horrified! No child thinks things like that - it must have come from the parents so that was it for me. No more "homemade stuff" for them! And, although it upset me greatly at the time, it was actually easier in the long run. No more worrying about what size they were or what colour they liked etc. etc. I'm sorry you were upset but I hope it will be better for you in the long run too. As you say, making things for people should make us happy too!

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  11. How sad that someone said they didnt want your handknits ! Oh I rarely use the word shame but shame on them

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  12. I don't know how I would react if someone told me they didn't want handmade but I know it would make me sad, really sad. I am so sorry that someone has told you that recently.

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  13. Neither one of my children wants handmade gifts. Sigh. I figure someday they'll wise up!

    That is a beautiful book. If only I could sew!

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  14. What a nice thing to win, and perfect for you!
    Sorry about someone not appreciating your handmade gifts. I think they are special because of the time and love that is put into them. I would be sad too, because I think it's such a personal gift.

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  15. Sorry about your handmade's rejection. Oh well, Their loss. I can understand that handmade gifts are so very personal that it weirds some folks out, they can get very specific. But that just means you'll have more time to do as you wish! Your hensfoot looks wonderful and I covet it!

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  16. The person rejecting your hand made gift made me mad when I read this post. Never mind Jen there loss xxx

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  17. Jennifer I am so sorry to hear that someone does not wish to receive your beautiful hand made gifts. Like you I would be pretty devastated, as I work so hard particularly on home made foodie gifts at christmas. Still perhaps they are to be more pitied than scorned if they cannot appreciate the thought, time, effort (and money, home made gifts are not necessarily economical) that goes in to your brautiful crafts X

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  18. I'm so sorry about the rejected gifts! I may be harsh but if someone informed me they didn't want handmade gifts i'd assume they have all they need and stop giving them any gifts at all! Sadly some people just cant appreciate the thought and effort that goes into handmade

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  19. Congratulations on winning that lovely book. The pictures on the cover are enough to tempt anyone. So sorry to hear that someone doesn't wish to receive one of your beautiful gifts - it does sound a bit weird, but sometimes non-crafters don't realise the time, care and love which goes into making a special gift.

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  20. Handmade gift is such time and such a thing you think about to give it to the right person!! that sounds so bad for you someone doesn't want your gift.
    But be confident that what you do with your hands is beautiful and made with great taste.
    About the winter project! lucky we are that is a winter project! but this week I crochet a little bit ...
    with the fact I live the other side of the planet, it is hard to be on time with you post sometimes, but be sure I continue to follow it and to follow the winter project party.
    Have a great day and enjoy doing handmade things forever :)
    Miss
    Miss

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  21. How could someone not want a homemade gift from you? How very ungrateful. I love homemade gifts, I think of the time and effort that the person who made it has put in to it, and all for me, it makes it so special. Try not to take it to heart and just concentrate on the lovely people who do appreciate your gifts.

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  22. I agree. I think a handmade gift shows so much love and thought. I had a look at Helen's website and she does create some beautiful toys and decorations and quilts, lucky you winning a copy of her book. Your glimpse of blanket looks scrummy, I just love the muted vintage colours you're using.

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  23. Hey Jennifer,
    I'm so sorry that your thoughtful gifts are not appreciated. I wear the socks that Christina (A Colourful Life) knitted, and I won, every evening! They get better and softer each time. I love to receive anything homemade; cakes, bread, jam, crocheted brooches. I really enjoy giving away things that I have made as gifts. I always give people homemade goodies for Xmas. I get so much pleasure out of it. I don't know how I'd feel if someone rejected it. Very upset probably. So a big hug to you from me, and a big fat raspberry to that ungrateful person.
    Leanne xx

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  24. I admit I got steamed when someone told you they didn't want your handmade gifts.. ROAR.. might be the last gift they got from me. I admit I'm worried that the blanket I'm making for the newly married niece won't be appreciated.. I've posted it's progress on FB and my blog and not once has she responded at all. :-( I just ordered Helen's book on Amazon.. you are so lucky to win one from her.. did she sign it for you? I'm off to volunteer at the falls.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  25. I can't believe someone let you know they no longer wanted handmade gifts. Those should be the most treasured gifts of all! I'm sorry this happened to you, Jennifer. You are so creative and make such lovely things. Hugs to you...

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  26. Oh it is so sad when someone does not appreciate what we put into our projects but yes move on and just do for those who do love what you do ☺☺ Your blanket really looks lovely xoxo

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  27. When I discover that my homemade gifts are not wanted, like you I find some relief in not investing in making them gifts in the future. I am glad you won and enjoyed Helen's new book. I bought a copy and read it from cover to cover! What to try to make first I am still mulling over :) xx

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  28. Such a shame that your handmade gift is not appreciated, it wouldn't do for us all to be the same and crafting is not for everyone. Your book looks amazing.

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  29. Not everyone truly appreciates the time and effort and love that goes into handmade so if they want to be so shallow, let them,it's entirely their loss and it just means you have more time to spend on someone else who will love your beautiful gift.Love the new book. Thanks also for stopping by mine, Jennifer and leaving your love comment. It's ALWAYS great to hear from you, way over yonder! x

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