Some time ago, I knitted a scarf for my mum. It was knitted with love, but honestly, the materials weren’t great, and there was no skill or pattern to speak of. Still, I would see her wearing it from time to time, and feel such joy that she was wearing something I made, me! But then I’d feel a flush of embarrassment because really, she deserved much better.
By now I have gotten a lot more skilful, so I made her a much improved scarf, with a pattern by Kristen Hanley Cardozo. Mum made me so many lovely jumpers when I was a kid, and even a fancy shawl for my communion, but I didn’t appreciate them at the time half as much as she deserved! This is my way to say thanks.