A Post-Christmas Evaluation


I’ve been catching up with my friends as we all recover from the holidays and make the effort to get back to our regularly scheduled lives already in progress. You know what all the crafters want to talk about, right? Yep. We are all reporting in on how those lovely made, hand-crafted gifts were received.
Some of you gift recipients did well.
Some of you did not.

Who was worthy of the handmade gift?

Those of you (who will never read this blog) who:

  • gushed, or
  • cried a little, or
  • were seen wearing/using the hand-made item a few days later, or
  • showed off what had been made especially for you to every holiday visitor that came to the door

will all be getting more stuff next Christmas. Congratulations.


Those of you (who will REALLY never read this blog) who:

  • said thank-you one time and then never looked at your gift again, or
  • patiently explained how it was not in your favorite color, or
  • opened your gift and then said how it was just like something you saw at Walmart

ain’t ever getting another thing out of that crafter. Ever.


Not everyone is worthy of hand-made stuff. It’s a sad and painful fact of crafting. I like to think that its not because they are gormless hunks (I’ve been reading Georgette Heyer novels, can you tell?). Its because they fail to recognize what is was that you actually gave them: your time. That hat (or set of washcloths or pair of socks) is hours and hours of time that you gave specifically to them.

The people who understand this, gush. The ones who don’t, overlook. At least crafting gives us a way to weed out those who are unworthy of our time. Don’t be too hard on them. Just buy them something from Walmart next year and be done with it.


Gormless = lacking intelligence.

In Cousin Kate Mr. Nidd’s grandson, Will, is a gormless hunk. Poor thing.

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LOL! I love Georgette Heyer!
But then, I love Christmas presents too.


Then I hope you get lots and lots next year. And Heyer is the best.


I really enjoy her work but I do not believe anyone could knit or embroider by a branch of candles. The few times I’ve tried, during a power outage, has me convinced.
I do, however, believe that knitters back then made socks with the foresight that they would shrink.
Do you think that brothers and sons at school considered the time, effort, and skill that went into their socks?
No. I don’t either.


I’m positive that people of any time in history who did not have to knit the socks that went on their feet, didn’t appreciate them enough. Socks are a lot of work! But so very worth it.

I’ve never knitted by candlelight. I bet its easier to just close your eyes and knit by feel than to try and see anything in wavery light.