Post # 1
For her birthday, I knitted my niece a bonnet (my second knitting project ever) which took a long time. It took 3 stores to find the right kind of yarn, a two hour lesson, plus a few hours of knitting after that. I am hoping they like it. They are the kind of people who complain about everything (not to FH and me, but to others), and while initially, I was really excited about the idea, I am concerned they won’t like it. I told someone who knows them about it, and they thought that my brother and SIL will complain to the rest of the family that it was cheap. Would you appreciate a hand-knitted baby bonnet for your one-year-old?
Post # 3
Unfortunately, lots of people don’t recognize that handmade gifts are made with love and that there is often a lot of time and money put into them. There are a lot of people who view it as “cheap”, because they assume that the gifter didn’t have enough money to buy a gift and instead made something to get out of buying something.
Often, this is not the case, but when someone isn’t crafty themselves, they don’t realize that often handmade gifts are worth a lot more than the store bought version.
As someone who does realize how much time it takes, I would appreciate it, but I can say that for every person like me out there, there is at least one or two who isn’t.
My only other concern is that a bonnet is something that not many parents have their children wear anymore. So if they are the type of people who will think it’s cheap, they may also wonder why you gave them something they’ll never use.
I don’t want to discourage you, because I personally think it’s a very sweet idea that I would love if it were me, but I felt like I should be realistic with you.
Post # 4
I would not worry about if it’s expensive enough, especially if it’s handmade. If they talk crap about it, then (sorry) screw them.
They should love it.
If I got a handmade anything for a gift, I would be ecstatic.
Congratulations on making a gift!!!
Post # 5
Handmade gifts are my absolute favorite to give and receive! I think the time and effort that goes into them far surpasses any store bought gift. My only concerns are those voiced by tinylittlebird, a bonnet is a little old fashioned and most one year olds and hats dont mix. Regardles of type, many little ones don’t like things on their heads and will usually pull them off. However, if you’ve seen your niece in hats before she may be one of the few babies who like them and will likely get a lot of use out of your thoughtful gift 🙂
Post # 6
I think it sounds like a really sweet gift and I am one who definitely appreciates the time and effort that go into something hand-made.
That said – I second the PPs who said a bonnet is a bit old-fashioned. Personally, it isn’t something I would use. Although if these parents often put hats and such on their child, they may be different than me.
Post # 7
Do you mean bonnet or beanie or something else? Our baby wears the beanie that her auntie knit for her all the time. We love handmade gifts and are so happy that the sweater that someone lovingly knitted for her finally fits her… but when you say bonnet, I’m picturing Laura Ingalls in the late 1800’s… which I’m assuming is not what you mean 🙂
Post # 8
I knit. However, I have a real issue with gifting my knitting projects to people who don’t appreciate the time and thought that go into it. Personally, I’d save it for your own child. I plan on knitting something my Future Sister-In-Law new baby but I’m going into it that she will barely use it (wrap dress for the new baby). She’s complained about her mother’s knitting gifts before so I want to make something but I realize that she may not appreciate it.
P.S. You should join Ravelry.com if you haven’t already! PM me if you want my username and we can be friends and check out each other’s projects, favorites, etc. 🙂
Post # 9
I think hand made gifts are the best kind of gifts!!