A gift for Frank

p5150502frankgift.jpgOne of Jan’s coworkers is a guy named Frank. He’s always very friendly whenever Sylvia and I stop by the office to meet Jan for lunch, and never takes it personally when Sylvia gets a case of the toddler “shies” and refuses to talk to or look at him.

He’s a hardcore Mac user and an amateur photographer, so when he learned about my own interest in photography, he started sending digital photography books home with Jan. For me to keep. What a nice guy.

I wanted to repay his kindness, so with Sylvia’s help (she chose the projects: “Frank needs mittens and a hat!”) I did some knitting for him. After verifying that he can wear wool and loves blue, I used Patons SWS in Natural Indigo, with some stripes in Natural Wood. (I should mention that I am forever in debt to Lynnette, my upstream SP9 partner, for introducing me to this fabulous yarn.)

The mittens and the hat are both straight out of Ann Budd’s Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns. I knit the largest size in each pattern (making Jan try them on from time to time), and I think that worked out pretty well.

Sylvia and I went to Jan’s office last Friday, and she eagerly presented the box to Frank. I’d wrapped it in some white packing paper saved from IKEA, and she’d decorated the box with ink stamps, stickers, and crayon markings—including an S for Sylvia and an F for Frank. He seemed pretty pleased, so I think this is one knitted gift that will definitely be worn!

5 Responses to “A gift for Frank”

  1. Chrison 23 May 2008 at 7:55 pm

    What a sweet gift!

  2. Katie Jon 25 May 2008 at 9:32 am

    Surely Frank will love the hat and mitts, but the packaging will really make him smile!

  3. bethon 26 May 2008 at 11:01 pm

    I’m sure Frank will love the gift, they turned out great.

  4. ariannaon 27 May 2008 at 10:39 am

    beautiful work. i think you’re right, that these will certainly be worn (especially after you took the trouble to figure out what he can wear and his favorite color!!). :)

  5. MACon 28 May 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Who wouldn’t wear something you knit? Maggie and I fight over who gets to wear which one of the scarves you’ve knit for us. (I do admit to hiding my alpaca mobius scarf, though. That’s MINE!)