Last week I spent some time promoting the idea of knitting as self-care, and I stand by that: you deserve to knit for yourself! But I also know that many of my beloved Fibre Muses are Givers, and that means you feel inspired by knitting for others - Givers, this one’s for you.
There’s something magical that happens when you take two sticks and some string, and turn it into a gift for someone else. The project you make doesn’t have to be large or complicated in order to make a big impact on the recipient! Even simple gifts, made with love, are a way to spread joy in the world.
And right now, I think we can all agree, the world can use a little more joy, right?
Here are some ideas to inspire the Giver in all of us, to create simple gifts that make a difference for someone we love:
A basic hat or pair of mittens is a simple project that does something very important: it keeps your loved ones warm through the cold winter months! I love to knit hats and mittens for my family and friends because I know that when they wear those items, they will feel the warmth of my love for them as they feel the warmth of the wool keeping winter’s winds at bay.
A quick gift to make is a mug cozy - pair it with a holiday-themed mug and a package of tea or cocoa for a special gift that spreads a little sweetness in someone’s life. You know what they say: warm hands, warm heart!
A Knitted Hug
Anything that goes around the neck - a scarf, shawl, cowl or cape - feels like putting on a knitted hug every time you wear it. If there’s someone in your life you wish you could hug more often, why not give them a knitted neck-warmer to show you care?
As we get closer to the holiday season and the world around us starts to go crazy with marketing messages, I hope that you’ll remember the joy of creating simple gifts by hand, and spread some of that joy around.
Don’t forget to tag your projects on social media with #spreadingaroha and #fibremuse so I can share in your joy!
Want to take it a step further?
November 20-24 I’m hosting a FREE 5-day MKAL and photo challenge to inspire the Givers in all of us. Together, we’ll share photos and dig deep into the Giver Fibre Muse archetype, all while knitting a quick and fun project for a knit-worthy recipient. I hope to see you in the challenge community, Givers! Click here to sign up.