One of my favorite things about marriage is creating a new conglomeration of traditions. He brings some, I bring some — it’s fun. My favorite tradition that Drew brought to our little family has to do with Christmas gift tags. Instead of writing “To Drew From Liz” on a little sticker with a smiley Santa, you make the “To/From” into clues. A few Christmases ago, I took this clue writing to the extreme and placed a present under the tree with the tag, “To Dr. Teeth From Fozzie.” Drew puzzled this one out for a long time. A LONG time. He had all kinds of good guesses — by the shape, you could tell it was a book, but what book? Something about the Muppets, obviously. Turns out, in my quest to write an indecipherable clue, I had written the worst “clue” ever. (It was actually a biography of Hunter S. Thompson, called “Gonzo.” Esoteric at best, I know.)
So, this PAST Christmas, it was Patrick’s turn to join the tradition. Nevermind that he was only 7 months old…he still “wrote” some wonderful clues on my gift tags. One of my presents said this on the tag: “To Big Feet From Little Feet.” I was pretty sure it was a knitting project, and I wracked my brain thinking of every possible sock pattern Drew might have found online.
When I finally opened the present, I laughed. It was this Gecko Feet Scarf, that I had been hinting at for months, ever since my birthday. There’s a wonderful yarn website called Morehouse Merino, and they get more creative by the minute. This scarf was based on a nano photograph of a gecko’s padded feet — hence the clue!
To make it, I had to keep changing between size 17 needles, the approximate diameter of a chair leg, and size 6, the diameter of a green stalk of basil. It was a pain, and I am glad it has turned out so beautifully, or I would have been a little peeved. It’s made with Morehouse’s lace yarn, one in a variegated blend, and the other in a pastel yellow. I can’t believe how much it looks like the nano picture. Pretty cool.
I have two Morehouse scarves left to go from my Christmas 2010 stash. I’m almost finished with the second one, and boy is it cool. Don’t worry — I won’t spoil it for you. Although my loyal readers have already seen me working on it, so who am I kidding? Here’s your Christmas gift tag clue: “To Unagi From Wasabi.” Any guesses?
Morehouse Merino has a new line of scarves and shawls that they just introduced. Instead of nano photographs, these pieces are based on satellite photographs of large, distinct land features, like the Bahamas Tide or the Susitna Glacier in Alaska. I’ll be checking my Christmas gift tag clues very closely this year!