My boyfriend's mother is awesome. One late, drunken night, shortly after I just started knitting, I was telling her that I was having trouble with purling. She wanted so desperately to help me with it (my own mother crochets but knows nothing about knitting - besides, she's not nearly as cool) that, lacking any knitting supplies whatsoever, she grabbed a pair of chopsticks and some of my boyfriend's crochet thread and cast on.
Somehow through the Jagermeister haze, she succeeded in teaching me to purl and every time I see her, she asks me about my knitting. She was so amazed when I started knitting in the round on DPNs and she loves my tube scarf. She oooed and aaahed over the coasters I made for my boyfriend.
As integral and supportive she has been to my new hobby, it is astonishing to me that I haven't made anything for her yet. The last time I saw her, she said that she had never used a hand-knit dishrag. I told her that once she uses one, she'll never go back to those cheap woven ones. I have several sitting around that I finished but haven't given away or used yet (they last forever) but I wanted to make one specially for her.
Given the popularity of the basketweave pattern, I decided to make a 4x4 basketweave dishcloth to present to her. I am pleased with the results - not a mistake to be seen (unless you're sharp enough to find the two twisted stitches that I decided were so unnoticable that it wasn't worth going back to correct). I hope she likes it as much as I do.
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