A good friend of mine celebrated a birthday last week. And to 'mark' (oh punny me!) the occasion, I made my book-loving friend this bookmark. Now that all is said and done, instead of focusing on the fact that I ran out of time to block it into a nice consistent rectangular shape, and I hadn't practiced my embroidery skills in a dozen+ years before laying needle and thread to this project - thus resulting in a very abstract looking design (those are flowers, by the way...it's okay if you couldn't tell), I will focus on the fact that my friend seemed thoroughlypleased by this little token gift.
I wouldn't trust just any friend to receive a folksy, imperfect, well-intentioned little knit project, but this friend has to be one of the most supportive, positive, and caring people I know. Whatever is going on in my life, she is always there, encouraging my endeavors - big or small, sharing joy in whatever I'm smiling about, lending an ear for a vent or two (or twenty), and doing it all over regular (and treasured) lunch dates.
So, as much as I wish I had practiced my embroidery skills first, there just isn't always the time or opportunity, and I knew that my friend would prefer to receive this gift - imperfections and all - than to know I was either too embarrassed by its lack of perfection to even give it to her, or to not even try in the first place in the absence of oodles of time to practice.
It was made using this pattern from 'More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts' and it was such a great little pattern I will definitely make more.
I may even try embroidery again sometime soon, since my first attempt was so well received...