Gifts That Lead to Gifts

Have you ever wanted to give a gift to someone who

  1. Has everything they would want
  2. Knows how to make most anything they would want?
  3. Is your future mother-in-law?

hot padThink of having to cook for Julia Child. I know all about how gut-wrenching such a proposition might be so you can imagine my delight when our new future daughter-in-law (the lovely Ms Marian) made me a knitted gift. What may look like a simple hot pad holder is something I use every single day and think of her every single time.

Used so many times that I took it for granted and was careless and burned it a bit.

Fast forward to a wonderful summer of wedding preparations. Two of my dearest friends, Minneapolis Minnie and Zion Zelda held a fantastic tea at our house for the bride to be and close family and friends. It was just unbelievable with 10 kinds of tea and beautiful finger sandwiches, fruits and desserts. All the guests loved the invitation that read “hats and gloves optional”.

In thinking about how kind Marian has been to me and our whole family I got a brain storm– do hot pads for each of the guests. I did many different patterns and colors.

I have never really made a lot of these but I soon learned why so many knitters enjoy making them– they don’t take long so you are never bored and you end up with something usable by any one.

One of Marian’s friends was very, very pregnant with her first child and I was looking for a non hot pad project so I did this for her with some Mission Falls Cotton Picture of pink baby sweater

I know I can’t make a hot pad for all of the wonderful Signature family but there is something that will make the DPN folks happy: starting July 24, 2013 each purchase of DPNs will be shipped in one of our storage tubes at no charge.

We will be at Stitches Midwest August 9-11, 2013 so please stop by and see us!