I recently bought the book Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting. It is a great book.
The part that really got my attention was when she was talking about a product knitter vs a process knitter. I had never thought about this before.
Over the years, I have done all kinds of needle work, sewing, crochet, rug hooking, weaving, etc... I have enjoyed all of it, but wondered how I could spend hours and hours, weeks, months even and then when I was done. Taaa Daaa, toss the item aside after admiring it.
This always worried me a little bit, until I read her book. Then I realized, "I am a process knitter (or fill in craft of your choice)".
This is why I give it away, sell at craft fairs, and Etsy. After I'm done most of it doesn't interest me much.
Of course there are a few pieces that I do keep and wear, but they are the basic, timeless pieces. Traditional quilt patterns, Cardigans, scarves, etc...
I think the one thing I keep for myself and knit for myself are socks, (I have given one pair away to my mother-in-law) and of course baby socks/booties don't count.
I love hand knitted socks, I have a whole basket of them. They make me feel happy and my feet cozy.
They make me smile....
My latest socks, from the book 2-at-a-Time Socks: Revealed Inside. . . The Secret of Knitting Two at Once on One Circular Needle Works for any Sock Pattern!