I finally turned in my homework, which always sends me into a reeling sense of productivity and accomplishment. So I went to find my plastic stash bin, and looked over all the projects-to-be that I've accumulated.
Do some knitters find they knit mostly for others?
With the exception of socks, which has become a personal goal for me to learn the process, almost all my yarn is yarn I adore, but have earmarked for a loved one or family or charity. (Yes, I realize this makes no sense as my family lives in Texas, and does not need or probably want wooly scarves, mittens, sweaters or wristwarmers, and they aren't really shawl people, either). That just means I get to be more creative.
I think finding and planning the item for the person is almost as much fun as giving it. There's a personal touch that is so appealing to me. Instead of giving a gift certificate for a facial for Mother's Day (which made a perfectly fine gift for long distance, and one that was appreciated), the idea of making a loved one something with my own hands, and spending time and effort and love into creating something... it just touches me. Part of it is because I am a bit homesick and this allows me to feel close to that person as I create the item. And part of this is because my life could so easily be consumed with work and school, that it is a bit of a release to pour myself into these projects.
There are items I definitely have bookmarked for myself and it seems to be ever growing, but I'm finding that being able to create items for others is a benefit I had not expected to enjoy so much.