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  •  You are so right (3+ / 0-)
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    entrelac, Avila, fuzzyguy

    and it used to be the charming imperfection of hand-made gifts and hand-crafted decorations that brought a smile to our faces. Now the gifts are crap you don't want or need, and you would rather have your family donate to non-profits.

    The best gift that you can give yourself or those you love is a holiday free from crushing angst. Go sledding. Rent a cabin in the woods where there's no cell phone coverage. Bring some cookies to the local nursing home. Walk the dogs at the animal shelter so the volunteers can enjoy the holiday with their families.  

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:44:51 AM PST

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    •  I totally agree with you (3+ / 0-)
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      cassandracarolina, Avila, sow hat

      Go make some happy memories and accept what you cannot change when it comes to family (if you choose to associate with them).

      and it used to be the charming imperfection of hand-made gifts and hand-crafted decorations that brought a smile to our faces.
      A nasty little side effect of our consumer culture is that post-holiday threads on knitting/crafting forums always include a number of upset people whose hand crafted gifts were rejected.  There is this weird mentality out there that if it didn't come from a store you don't really care about that person. Never mind that the average pair of socks has more stitches than an entire sweater and take an average of 25-70 hours to knit.

      Nope, you don't love them and you're cheap because they could go to Wal-mart and get a whole package of socks for $3.00.

      Nuts to that.

      •  It is crazy too. (2+ / 0-)
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        entrelac, cassandracarolina

        I always hold out hope for the people who make that rude argument that knitted socks are a "cheap gift" since you can buy a giant polybag full of them at the Wally-World for $3. Once you go hand knit for socks, you never wanna go back. :) I think a large part of it is that a great many American super consumers have lost sight of what a difference it makes having high quality goods, albeit very few of them, vs having lots and lots of cheap crap that doesn't last. I fear at least some people can never be broken from the "more is better" mindset. :( Those people aren't worth the effort.

        p.s. I <3 the yarn harlot. Stephanie Peal McPhee is amazing!

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