I have a bit of catching up to do. There are hand knits that were finished in ’09 that you haven’t seen yet and they need to be blogged. Let’s start with the Merletto Mitts. I finished them on 12/23, just in time to give them to my dear friend Jo-Ann.
Now, Jo-Ann is someone I have only recently discovered as a friend. We met through Kiwanis and she and I bonded almost instantly. She is fun and sweet and clever and generous to a fault. She is a devoted mom and hard-working Kiwanian. She wants to learn to knit and I have promised to teach her. She admired my Genmaicha Mitts one day and asked how long it would be before she could knit herself something like that. I decided right then and there that I would knit her a pair of mitts for Christmas.
That’s right. I overcame my aversion to Christmas kitting for this woman. Those of you who have been around here for a while know just what a big deal that really is. These mitts, though, are a perfect gift knitting project. The pattern is well written and they are a quick and fun knit. I used some reclaimed sock yarn, and it worked perfectly.
As I mentioned when I first blogged about these mitts, Jo-Ann didn’t have any idea I was making them for her and the surprise element made the gifting all the better, I think.
Plus, she left a comment on that original post about how handmade gifts are the absolute best and they really let the recipient know that they are loved. I have to admit that when I read that comment I thought maybe she suspected these were for her and she might have been doing a bit of sucking up. But seeing her face when she opened the package let me know that she truly was surprised. And thrilled.
And as for that thing she wrote in her comment about how ” a gift that was lovingly made by hand just proves that the person gifting loves you to pieces,” well, she couldn’t have been more accurate about that.