My Aunt's "Knitty Birthday"
I made her "Christmas Socks" while I was there also. I wanted to make some bulky wash & wear socks for her to wear in the winter time to keep her feet warm in spite of the drafts that come with old farm houses. I had the first sock nearly done, but needed her to "try it on" to make sure I had the size right. It was too funny......when she saw me knitting the first day, she said, "If those are for me, make them big!". She was so shocked when I had her try them on. She said she was just joking around with me....I didn't have to make her any socks. I told her that I had aways planned to make them for her - I showed her the paper that I kept the pattern and "counts" on.....at the top said "Aunt Rita's Christmas Socks". So.....she finally believed me! (Her feet really give her problems.....even slippers bother her at times, so I REALLY wanted to make her some nice "keep the feet warm" socks.)
The final "knitty gift" was for THIS year's birthday. It was a flower face cloth made in purple Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille - from the pattern in Melanie Falick's book, "Weekend Knitting". I also gave her some hand made soap in the "Plumeria" fragrance that I'd purchased at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. She loved it! (I get the feeling she won't use the face cloth either!) It was fun actually BEING here ON her birthday - we had a big cookout at the farm to celebrate.....plus, I got to see her unwrap everything in person!