And, apparently loved it.
I received a hand drawn thank you note a week or so ago, and it tickled my icy heart. I hung it on my wall, because it's kind of awesome when a 7 year old (admittedly prompted) writes a thank you note. I'm sure many crafters have often experienced the disappointment when a handmade gift is given with nary an acknowledgement, or if there was one, a lackluster one.
I had also made my aunt (Michelle's mother) a tote- the Medallion Travel Bag. I had made one for myself one in the second half of 2010, and my aunt admired it, but said it was too big for her.
So at the beginning of this year, I decided to make one for her, holding the yarn single instead of double like the pattern calls for. The result? Perfect.
I had felted mine in my washing machine, which is a front loaders. Front loaders are not exactly recommended for felting, but I didn't know anyone with a top loader who was local and willing to let me monopolize it for awhile on an experiment. The result was unexpectedly uninspiring- it was wrinkly, like crocodile scales.
With this one, I felted it in the dryer. I soaked it, then put it in the dryer with a couple towels. After 10-15 minutes, I pulled it out and inspected my work, repeating until I was satisfied with the results.
My aunt was also satisfied with the results. She declared it perfect several times, and gave me several hugs. Her face lit up when I held it up, finished.
So I currently have some warm fuzzies over giving my handknits away. I need to hold onto this feeling for a little bit. Some certain people in my life have made me necessarily selfish over my knits- (I was essentially told that handknits don't count as presents) but seeing faces light up sure can change one's perspective.