As every crafter knows, when you make someone a gift you run the risk of them not liking it. I'm a selfish crafter for this very reason.
For the past two years, I've made my sister her birthday presents, a Noro Striped Scarf and an Amanda Hat. The first year was special, since she was celebrating her 21st birthday in England and I wanted her to have something that would make her feel fashionable. Last year, I hoped against hope and she liked the hat, so I was two for two. I realized the other day that I have to start a sweater by Tuesday and I'd like to finish my Boneyard Shawl and then I have the giveaway and my poor husband really deserves for me to at least look at his Binary Scarf again, so I texted her and asked if she wanted me to make her something this year or if she wanted money.
I knew she'd take the money. I mean, she's a recent college grad and (big secret here) the economy kind of stinks. So when she texted me back and said "Can you make me this hat in sage green cotton?" and sent me a picture, I was a little floored. Sure, she's using me as her knitting slave to get something she wants, but I'm going to do it.
Not just because she's my sister.
Because I'm finally getting a little validation.