The Value of Handmade and Homemade


Recently we all spent a few days at my In-Law’s place, and it got me thinking about hand-and-home-made things. Their house and garden are filled with homegrown vegetables and fruit, they have chickens running about the place, there are plenty of handknitted items lying about (my sister-in-law is a wonderful knitter and Molly’s wardrobe is not the only one to have benefitted a number of times).

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IMG_9409It was also nice to have extra hands available to help with Molly. I got enough time to myself to finish off my latest knitting pattern. Although I needed more time than I should have, due to a stupid mistake with my cast on numbers. I thought I had done my sums right but I ended up with one rib too few and wonky decreases! There should be a shrinking rib in between the two straight ones…but there wasn’t.


However, I have fixed the issue and the pattern is finished. More on that soon! So, next time I pick up my needles and cast on from someone else’s pattern I will keep in mind the time and effort that went in to ironing out the technical kinks and I will (hopefully) appreciate the finished item more too, even if they do sometimes end up less than perfect on the first attempt. Handmade and home-made often equals a lot of time, thought and effort and that is something that goes unrecognised too often.


About Charlotte Marjoribanks Designs

I live in New Zealand with my daughter and husband. I take photos, I knit, I design knitting patterns, and I try and live thoughtfully (whatever that means on any given day).
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