I've knitted a scarf as a birthday gift for a very old friend.
A friend of forty-eight years standing to be precise. He's celebrating a significant birthday tonight with a party at a grand venue [which has raised all sorts of uncertainties. I don't frequent grand venues. The dress code on the invitation is 'smart'. Which of my clothes is most appropriate? A dress, I suspect. Maybe even a frock? Heels? - of which I have one pair. Dither, dither...]
Suddenly the scarf seems an odd and eccentric gift. Not everybody shares my enthusiasm for scarves, and it somehow seems a bit out of place to take such an informal gift to a rather formal occasion.
Still, at this stage of our lives there's not a lot we need, and gifts (except for those to knitters) do become tricky. I'm just hoping that even if the scarf doesn't prove to be useful it will signify that I still care sufficiently about out friendship to have spent time making a personalised gift. Even if it is seen as a bit eccentric.
It's not that the scarf itself is eccentric. The pattern, Pavement, is a classic reversible cabled scarf by Jared Flood (Brooklyn Tweed). The yarn is Shelter, also by Brooklyn Tweed and is a tweedy worsted weight yarn in a rich, slightly rusty burgundy colour (impossible for me to photograph accurately - it's not nearly as pink-toned as these photographs make it appear). A pattern with cables every fourth row is a bit of a pain to knit, but the outcome is very neat, regular and pleasing.
But I'm still worried that a handknitted scarf is a rather eccentric significant birthday gift.