I made this cute little hat for my mother-in-law, who I have been promising a hat to for quite some time. I went with the idea of making something that I really wanted so that I knew for sure that it was a good gift.
The problem with this gifting philosophy is that while you’re busily knitting away, you develop a sort of sadness that you will not be keeping the beautiful thing you are creating. I would share my frustration at knit night as I plugged along–how beautiful the hat was and that I couldn’t keep it and would have to suffer my way through the pattern yet again when I embarked upon knitting it for myself. (I’m generally not the kind of person who starts a project for someone else and then decides to keep it for myself…I would feel guilty each time I wore “someone else’s” project!)
So my knitting buddy made me one:
|(And I totally stole the picture that she took of it for her Ravelry project page. Hee hee!)|
I almost cried when she casually flopped it onto the table and remarked that she had noticed that I seemed to really like the pattern and she figured that I’d appreciate it if she made one for me because Heaven knew when I’d be able to get to making one for myself.
I was speechless. (And that’s hard to do to me.) I still get a little choked up when I put this hat on each morning as I head out into the bitter winter wind. Especially since I’ve worked through the pattern myself and know how time-consuming and challenging it is…what a wonderful gift.
|Bluebird did me the favor of modeling her grandma’s hat for the blog.
Her verdict: “It’s so warm and toasty, Grandma will love it!”
Seeing how my mother-in-law isn’t obsessed with knitting like myself, I don’t think she’ll get all emotional about her hat every time she wears it…because I’m pretty sure it’s kind of weird that I do that and we just don’t need any more weirdness like that in this world. But hopefully it brings a smile to her face. She has really pretty brown eyes and I think the blue will complement them ever so nicely.
It’s just such a beautiful hat, it even has a picot edging! Oh, just lovely. If I didn’t go cross-eyed while reading the pattern, I’d make a whole lot more. Love it Grandma, love it…it’s destined to be a one-time-only creation.
(I wrote this post before I gave the hat to my mother-in-law and it turns out that I think she was pretty pleased with it. And it fit quite nicely. I’m kind of hit-and-miss with making things that actually fit other people. Success!)