Gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Some are purchased, some handmade, and some intangible. The best gift I ever received was given to me by my mother during my childhood years—a desire for knowledge. She also gave me a crochet hook and a set of knitting needles.
I was hopeless with the knitting needles, but instantly in love with the crochet hook. I wanted to learn everything about crochet and try every technique. One of my first projects was a sampler afghan on which I played with puff stitches, shells, lace, and more.
My mother searched all over for books and magazines with new crochet techniques for me to try. They were harder to find then, but I used these new resources and my expanding crochet knowledge to create gifts for friends and family. A not-quite-perfect filet crochet dresser scarf is still proudly displayed in my parent's bedroom.