When I was young, maybe 11, and learning how to knit, I
decided to make my dad a scarf for Christmas. His favorite color was
green, so I bought a skein of Kelly green yard and started to make the
best scarf ever.
I wanted it to be plenty warm so I made it extra wide.
Unfortunately, that meant that the skein ran out fairly soon, so that
it was even too short to tie around a neck.
I couldn't find more Kelly green yarn that matched exactly, so, it
being Christmas, I bought a skein of red, and knitted the rest on both
The scarf is full of mistakes, dropped stitches etc.-- not pretty --
something you would definitely donate to Goodwill.
Having become a much better knitter, I once asked my Elizabeth Mom if
maybe my Dad needed a scarf for Christmas.
She laughed and exclaimed, "Your Dad give up his Christmas
scarf!!" She told me that over the years -- my dad, with his black
suit and black overcoat, or whatever the dull DC attire requirements are
-- every year would break out his Christmas scarf, and relate to anyone
who would listen to the story of the scarf.
Every time I think of it, I smile. I hope you will too.