I think homemade gifts are sometimes the best ones. The fact that people put their time and skills into making someone for you? That is special.
I was lucky enough to know an amazing woman, via the wonderful wide, wide, world of web, for a year. I met her in some bad circumstances (a cancer chat), and found her to be one of the most positive people I'd ever met. She never diminished my feelings even though I was lucky enough to be diagnosed early and she was Stage IV. She had battled cancer for years, but from what I saw this past year and what everyone who ever met her in the chat or in person said, she was always an upbeat, positive, loving woman. She always had a laugh. Always.
The chat does a secret santa and last December was my first time participating. I was extremely happy to see I got Mazy's name in the exchange. I knew right away I wanted to make something for her. I also knew that I didn't have enough time to knit a blanket (apparently that takes me multiple years...), but I could at least knit a scarf. I loved knitting the Chunky Alpaca Scarf below for her. When it came time to open the gifts, she said the scarf was in her favorite color (I had no idea) and she loved it. I told her to please think of us all giving her a hug whenever she wore it.
Mazy passed away last night after a long battle. She will be so missed.