REGIFTING YARN

Another pair of quickie socks. Unfortunately technical difficulties preclude my posting pix, but this is another pair knit from Lion Magic Stripes. Again the same as before – o.k. sport weight sock yarn; very inexpensive; ho-hum striping pattern (although to be fair, the repeat for Stonewashed Blue is about 6.5 inches long as opposed to the 1 inch repeat for Lumberjack Black). Ripped through the whole pair in one afternoon while playing with the kids on their new PS2 unit.

So ends my foray into Lion’s sock yarn line, as both skeins (received as a gift) have now been knit up and presented to happy recipients. Which brings me to a question. Is receiving a yarn gift, knitting it up and then giving the resulting item as a present considered "regifting?"

I note that some regard the idea of regifting as being somehow suspect.I can agree that receiving something truly awful and then foisting it off on someone else just to get the thing out of the house isn’t the most generous gesture in the world. But there have also been lots of occasions on which I’ve?received something perfectly nice that wasn’t either to my taste, or wasn’t useful to me. At the same time I knew that those items would be both deeply appreciated and used by others. Regifting in those circumstances seems less egregious.

But getting a yarn gift… Does it imply that the donor wants you to make something for yourself?? I’ve used yarn gifts to make presents for the person who gave me the yarn (but only for people who clearly would not expect such a thing). I’ve used yarn gifts to make things for third parties, or for charitable donation. Do those uses devalue the original gift?? Or is yarn once given entirely free of obligations or nuance, and eligible for any use the receiving knitter might desire?

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