Thursday, 29 January 2015

Creating For Those You Love......

 

 
 
 
It's a wonderful thing, creating something for someone you love. To pour love and care into what you're making. To think about them, about their special qualities and quirky ways, as you stitch, or knit, as you hook or bake.
 
As I wrapped up this blanket for my daughter, I thought about how special it felt to make this for her. My love went into each stitch. She's seen it, throughout its stages.....it's a difficult thing to hide. But you know something, that's ok. This isn't something easily purchased from a shop, this one took my time, lots of my time. Maybe, just maybe, by seeing how much time this took, she will appreciate and value it more. If not now, with her teen brain.....but in the future.
 
There was a big, big smile on her face as she unwrapped it. She's snuggled under it right now, like a lot of teens she spends a lot of time in her bedroom, this will help to keep her warm and cosy.
 
 
Yes, there's something incredibly special, and satisfying, creating something for someone you love.
 
 
Back tomorrow with my last Positive January post,
 
 
Amanda :) xxx
 
 

 

 

 

 

52 comments:

  1. It turned out beautifully! I have a blanket like this made for me by my grandmother I received it for a graduation gift and I remember not being as grateful as I could/should have been. Everyone else gave me money what did I want with a blanket? 30 years later the money and whatever was bought with it is long gone. But on cold winter days, my blanket is wrapped around my shoulders..every stitch holding her love and keeping me warm. She will appreciate it and love it more and more the older she gets. That's why we create isn't it? So a piece of us will always be with them.

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    1. Thank you Robbie, it's lovely that you still have it! :) xxx

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  2. It's beautiful Amanda. The brown works so well with the other colours - it makes it seem even warmer somehow. I crocheted a blanket for my eldest when she went to uni and felt comforted that each time she wanted a bit of a snuggle part of me would be with her - now you don't get that with something bought from a shop! Keep warm x Jane

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    1. That's lovely that she had a bit of you at a time when she needed it most :) xxx

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  3. Lovely colour combination! I started giving handmade gifts for the first time last year and find it so much more satisfying, the recipients seem to like it too!

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    1. It is very satisfying.....here's to many more! :) xxx

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  4. how lovely. this has turned out beautifully. I love that my kids appreciate my handmades for them. I have a teen daughter who currently thinks it's daggy :( and she's the one I want to wrap in the love and goodness the most! (because she's a teen!)

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    1. It's a fine balance isn't it, your teen will be just starting to develop their own sense of style, not always cool to share that with mum! ;) xxx

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  5. I couldn't agree with you more. Matt loves the blanket I made for his bed, and has declared it will be gong to university with him when the time comes. The do appreciate it even if they can't find the words immediately. x

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  6. That is so lovely, the colours are great together. I'm sure she will appreciate it more and more as the years go by. I found it so special when I made one for my daughter. I need to get started soon on the one for my son!

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    1. Thank you Sharon.....I wasn't sure initially about the colours but they've worked well, good luck with the blanket making! :) xxx

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  7. It looks beautiful and cosy and so much more special because you made it xx

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  8. And that's the thing ... when we make something for someone, it does slow us down so that we are thinking of that person, and imagining them using the gift and in return they will think of us each time they wear/use/snuggle in our handmade gifts. Win-Win :) The blanket is gorgeous, and I can imagine how soft it is. Wendy x

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  9. Amanda it's such a lovely blanket, which I am sure your daughter will cherish as she grows, I love the feeling of making something for people you love. I made lots of gifts this xmas and it was such joy to see their happinessx

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    1. It really is a joy to give them isn't it Michelle! :) xxx

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  10. What a marvellously personal gift, one she will treasure I am sure X

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  11. I love the colours Amanda, very soft and earthy.
    Bet your daughter will cherish it for a long time.
    Jillxo

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  12. I agree 100% with that sentiment!

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  13. My mom used to sew for me and I remember how special I felt whenever I wore one of her little dresses. It was like she was there with me.

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    1. Lovely memories there for you Connie :) xxx

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  14. Oh what a fab little blanket, and with this cold spell im sure it will be appreciated and very used x

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    1. Absolutely timed right.....it's freezing here! ;) xxx

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  15. love the thickness of that blanket full of love!!!!
    xxxxx Ale

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  16. I agree so much with your sentiments-there is nothing quite as special as a handmade gift. I'm sure she will treasure your lovely blanket always.
    Best wishes
    Alison xx

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    1. Thanks For popping by Allison, I do hope so! :) xxx

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  17. Lovely Amanda... handmade gifts are real treasures... Cx

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  18. Oh what a lovely blankie; we are a family of blankie snugglers but have to make do with blankies created by other talented folk as I have yet to grasp the knack! Also, love the name of the wool; All Seasons Chunky! Sound like how I feel sometimes :)

    http://asaucystitch.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I'm feeling All Seasons Chunky too! It's not easy crochet, took me ages....and I still can't follow a pattern very well! ;) xxx

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  19. she doesn't know it yet, but you just gave her an heirloom!! It's lovely!!!

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    1. Thank you Steph, I'd not thought of it like that :) xxx

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  20. I love your blanket and the post in general, including your readers' comments. How wonderful it is to be able to remember a loved one through an item they've made for you. It is wonderful to create for others even if they don't realise the effort and love that one puts into those things.... I am crocheting hot water bottle covers for my girls and they love them... and it brings me happiness that these hotties and mum's love is keeping them warm at night.... Have a lovely weekend! Pati x

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    1. Thank you so much for you're comment Pati, bet yours girls just love their hotties! :) xxx

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  21. It really is a wonderful feeling to make things for the ones you love. I think your blanket turned out beautifully and I know your daughter will cherish it.

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  22. I'm sure your daughter will cherish her blanket for many years to come. My mum and Granny made a crochet bedspread for my 18th and it's one of my most treasured posessions - a "rescue if the house is on fire" piece!

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    1. I love this Jo......yep definitely a rescue piece! :) xxx

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  23. Aw, I love it and so will she. She will treasure it always.
    xx Beca

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  24. It's beautiful Amanda and a very special gift. I have a crochet blanket my mum made for me and I absolutely love it x

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  25. Great post ! and lovely heirloom ! that's the same for us each time you're doing something for someone we love ... Your blanket is really beautiful and so cozy ... she'll probably love it ! I wish you a lovely and a creative week end !

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    1. Thank you so much Geraldine, I think she might already love it! :) xxx

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  26. A wonderful positive and happy moment, and a beautiful blanket too!! xx

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    1. Thanks Amy, it's certainly keeping her warm! :) xxx

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