I was reading a month or two ago on Ravelry about someone who put a lot of time and love into crocheting a baby blanket for a close friends only to have the gift dismissed and cast aside when she gave it to her friend on the baby’s arrival. Of course there was lots of sympathy on Ravelry as we all put so much into the gifts we make. I have never experienced that sort of reaction but I would be very upset if I did.
Some commenters were saying that maybe the recipient didn’t know the blanket was hand made for her, or maybe she was worried about caring for a handmade item, particularly given how messy babies can be! Both completely possible scenarios.
One of the commenters gave a link to an item she had bought on Etsy from Knit, in the form of little tags to put on crafted / gifted items with details of the composition and laundry instructions. It is a tin of little gift tags that say ‘A hand-crocheted gift’ – there’s no mistaking that is there!!!
They are so cute and such a brilliant and simple idea, very well executed. When I gift a handmade item I usually give the recipient a band from the ball of yarn, but that’s not very pretty.
I bought one tin of these and had intended to give some of them to my crocheting friend whose birthday approaches (yes chick, you know who you are!) but I am not sure I can part with any of them! Maybe I’ll need to buy some more for her. Knit is currently away from Etsy having a baby herself but due back very soon, so have a look!