I really do want your answers and if you think about it and change your mind, please come back and answer again.
There are no right or wrong answers and I specifically want to hear from non-knitters, as well as knitters.
Before I ask my questions, I want to share my thoughts when I was quilting. When I was going to make a gift for someone . . a quilt, of course, in my early quilting years, I would try to find out as much as I could about the recipient and their decor/preferences. What size bed? Favorite colors? Would they prefer a lap quilt, a bed quilt? Would they want a flatter, warmer batting such as Warm & Natural or a lighter, fluffier batting like Hobbs Heirloom.
Later I decided that my preference was to give them something I loved. Something that would forever remind them of me and my appreciation for their friendship or what they had done that resulted in a quilt for a gift.
People change their decor so if their bedroom was gray and I made a gray quilt, then 10 years from now, when their bedroom is brown, will they toss the gray quilt or stick it in a closet and never see it. If I knew someone didn’t like orange, I’d not use orange but other than that, I didn’t worry a whole lot about what the recipient might want when I was making a quilt.
With knitted gifts, I find it a bit different because most anything I make for someone is to be worn, not folded and left on the back of a chair, or used as a covering when you’re taking a nap at home.
I have a couple of projects I want to make for people I hardly know but they’ve done nice things for me and I have spent way too much time today trying to think about what to make.
What should I make? Hat, Cowl, Fingerless Mitts? I could make a shawl but some people might not want to wear a shawl? I figure most anyone has a time when they could wear a hat, a cowl or fingerless mitts. Actually a cowl is the thing that probably would be easiest because it doesn’t need to fit at all but I think I can guess as to hat/mitt size.
What color should I make? I figure a solid color is the easiest to wear. Solid purple would be easier to wear than purple, green and pink.But should I make it neutral – tan, gray, black? I’m thinking it should be a pretty color but maybe not something as wild as the Mac & Cheese or Lime Green.
If you could ask a knitting friend to make you anything you’ve ever seen . . probably NOT a sweater . . what would you ask for and what color would it be?
That’s not a trick question because neither recipient reads the blog.
Is there a knitted item I’ve made – again, no sweater please – that you’ve seen that I made in the past that you thought . . WOW, I’d LOVE to have one of those?
That question is just kinda to give me an idea of what other people like – really probably has nothing to do with the current dilemma about what to knit for these two ladies.
Thank you for your help. Now I can get back to finishing the shawl I should have spent more time working on today.