Knitters often refer to non-knitters as “muggles”. The first time I heard this I had never heard the term. My knitter friend defined “muggle” for me and continued to lament about my not having read the Harry Potter novels. It’s unheard of for someone as well read as I am to not have read these books, right? Imagine me trying to explain that I’m just not interested – it didn’t go over well. This was years ago and yet I still haven’t read the books. I have, however, figured out the disdain between knitters and non-knitters.
Non-knitters do not realize the full effort that goes into a knitting project. Knitters do not just grab a random skein of yarn and start knitting. A lot of thought goes into matching a project with the perfect yarn and vice versa. Sometimes knitters keep a “special” yarn in their stash for a very long time before they find the perfect project to use it for.
Projects aren’t knit in minutes. It takes hours to knit a simple hat. Asking for a matching, handmade hat, mittens, and scarf isn’t a small request. The amount of time invested is not to be discredited. Most non-knitters do not realize this and are not appreciative of their handmade request if they are lucky enough to receive it.
The “I can make that cheaper myself” myth is just that – a myth. It is NOT cheaper to knit a sweater yourself unless you’re using the cheapest, scratchiest yarn you can find. Nobody wants to wear that and I can guarantee that a knitter does not want to spend their time knitting it. Chapped hands, anyone? A good skein of yarn is not cheap. Further, it generally takes 1200-1600 yards of medium-weight yarn to make an average-sized sweater. That’s anywhere from eight to twelve skeins! The dollar amount would astound you.
My message to non-knitters: If a knitter actually knits something for you, please remember that they have chosen the yarn and pattern just for you. Your knitter friend has spent a lot of time not only knitting the project, but thinking of you while they knit it. There is love in every single stitch of that snuggly handknit. That is far more important than any amount of money they might have spent on the yarn.