Being a knitter, particularly a knitter who knits mostly socks, I tend to immediately think of gifting a pair to anyone who has:
1) done me a big favor
2) been a reliable friend
3) is kind and loving
5) accepts my eccentricities
6) jumps and says 'woo-hoo!' when I mention making them socks.
The above socks are being made for Nicole who has met all 6 criterion and more. She is the kind of friend one is lucky to have. So of course I am making her socks. And of course I wasted two days fretting over the perfect pattern. I thought of doing something intricate and challenging because she deserves the time I would invest in such work. But she wouldn't get those socks until next winter. The reason why I value our friendship is that it is neither intricate or challenging. It is simple and comforting. Simple stockinette fit the bill which is my favorite kind anyway. I've had a strange sad week and the in-around-off rythm has been a huge comfort. See, a true friend can help even when she isn't at hand. Finished pair coming soon.