My husband and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary last month. It was a pretty quiet affair--I went to work, played with my daughter when I came home, and we all ate frozen pizza for dinner. My husband wrote me a nice note because I like notes. I made him a mix CD because he likes music, even though he usually doesn't like my music. He likes to see what I throw together. We'd already agreed to keep things simple and inexpensive, and that's what our day was. That night I updated my Facebook status to say something about our anniversary and there, in the happy wishes, was a comment from a knitter friend that only said "Wool anniversary, baby."
I joked that I'd make a hat for my husband, and then buy a ton of yarn for myself. But then I decided I'd actually make him a hat. I looked through a lot of patterns, and got all flustered about yarn choices.
But then I just made the Ribbed Hat from Expand Your Knitting Skills with some yarn I had after I unraveled a failed baby sweater. I've made this pattern a few times already, but I was feeling it. It's a simple pattern for a guy who won't be sporting a slouchy beanie any time soon. The yarn is Berroco Vintage, so it's soft and washable but still nice. I already knew what my gauge would be. It took me less than a day to make. I think the color suits him.
I'm sure there's a metaphor in here somewhere. Something about life and marriage. Something about doing the best you can with what you have? Or finding good things at unexpected times in unexpected ways? That seems apt, right? I don't know. What I do know is that I have been married for exactly 7 years and 1 month to a man who never says anything about the size of my stash. He probably deserves more than two hats because yes, I've only made two hats for him ever. But he's happy with it, just like I'd hoped he would be. This is a great pattern for just about anybody.
Or for someone special.