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Lately, I’ve been working on a surprising number of projects for other people. Usually I have a strict policy of only knitting for specific people.

The few. The proud. The knitworthy.

But what makes a person “knitworthy?”

First and foremost, the recipient must be appreciative of the item given. Not just the finished object, but of the time and effort it represents. Knitworthy people don’t blanche at the idea of paying $25 for a handknit hat, because they know that the intricate cable pattern took over 8 hours to produce.

They are thrilled to receive a handmade gict, and will treasure it accordingly. The knitted object will have found a home where it will be useful, worn for years to come, rather than relegated to the back of the closet or added to the charity bin when the new spring fashions come out.

Finally, a knitworthy person is someone who has the willingness to care for a handmade item, to ensure that it will stand the test of time–proper washing and storing, etc. This is one of the reasons I don’t usually knit for kids.

Over the course of the past year, however, I’ve gotten some requests from people who previously did not show any interest or appreciation for my crafting. In an attempt to build bridges, I’m working on a few small projects for these individuals–a cowl, a simple hat. Where these objects are a year from now will determine if the recipients are on my naughty or nice lists next Christmas.