I feel like I worked on this Circumnavigate cowl forever. I started it well in advance of the date I needed to finish it by because it’s not knitting that can be done with interruption. For weeks I aimed to knit one round each evening after my kids were in bed. I finished it up just in time to celebrate one of my best friends reaching advanced maternal age. I’ll be celebrating the same birthday myself in a few weeks. Woohoo!
It’s kind of tricky to knit for friends. The element of surprise is nice with gifts, but in this case I sort of had my friend choose what I would knit without outright telling her that was what she was doing. I showed her the Circumnavigate pattern knit up by the lovely Lori one day, asking, “Don’t you think that’s pretty?” She agreed that it was. Then on another day (not the same one that I showed her the pattern because I am soooo tricky!) I sent her a link to some yarn and asked what she thought of the color. She emailed back a list of yarns in colors that she liked as well (it’s possible that she was on to me at this point,) and one of them happened to be just what I would need to knit that cowl so I ordered it and started knitting. All of this plotting and planning went on in March of this year, if not a bit earlier, and my friend’s birthday was in late November. Mom’s are forgetful, so if you ask questions early, it will all be forgotten long before you finish knitting.
So there you have it, my expert tips on how to knit something for a friend knowing that she will like it, but keeping the element of surprise as well.
My friend will probably read this and say, “Yeah right, I was totally on to you.” I can pretend otherwise.