It's also pretty interesting to note the reactions to handmade gifts. To some people it is extra special since you put so much of yourself into the item... in fact, probably too much (I always seem to find I've knitted a strand or two of my hair into things). Other people seem disappointed while at the same time acutely aware that it should be considered extra special since you made it. For all those crafters out there who are giving lovingly handmade items, I hope that whoever receives them is as grateful as my boyfriend is.
When we first started dating, I told Daniel about my knitting obsession. Now, I can't remember if I offered to knit him something, or if he asked for it; but I do recall being shocked at how the thing that mattered most to him was that I made it for him. Now, that might seem like a no brainer, but honestly, I thought whatever "it" would be and the functionality would be more important. Or the color! Or how soft it was. Anyway, not wanting to put anymore pressure on him or myself by making him something complicated and time consuming, we decided on a simple scarf. Again I was taken aback, someone who actually wore scarves? Coming from a lifetime in Southern California this was an extremely exotic notion (outside of West Hollywood). When I went came to visit him last March, we made a trip to the local Michael's to pick out some yarn. He chose some soft charcoal colored yarn in a bulky color. A few days later as I waited... and waited... and WAITED for my plane to leave (and take me back home to Southern California), I started work on his scarf.
Having limited access to my knitting supplies, I worked out a simple pattern that I could remember and do despite having forgotten my row counter. The result ended up being what I call the Fiver Scarf. What I really love about it is how much Daniel seems to appreciate it. Since the cold weather started, every time he goes to put on his pea coat, he knots the Fiver scarf around his neck. Once when I exclaimed over how wonderful he was to wear it, he simply said to me "I like it... besides, my girlfriend made it for me". This man bears it like a badge of honor instead of a hiding it like he would with an unsightly blemish. If you want to make one of your own click here.