You regular readers (hugs to you all) know that Leda was finished a week or so ago, maybe a bit longer, I've lost track now, and that she was intended as a Christmas gift for a very dear friend. I couldn't stand seeing Leda all folded up in the zipper bag waiting to be gifted to said friend. MB is very involved in our church and home educator's group, and teaches piano to a lot of kids. With the cantata, recitals, and Christmas Eve service coming up, I knew she would have ample opportunities to wear and enjoy Leda during the holiday season. So last night was as long as I could take it. I put Leda in a gift box and told my friend I had something for her and was dropping by. Come to find out she thought I had something for the kitchen for her as she is an avid cook. When I came in with the small box she seemed a bit perplexed. I really wish I had a video of her opening the box. She took the lid off the box, folded back the tissue paper, and quickly closed the box again. The only sound she made was a huge gasp, with a wide-eyed look in my direction. I just smiled, enjoying the moment. Quickly she took the lid off the box again, and with each small unfolding of Leda, the only sound she could make was a gasp. Then when Leda was fully revealed, all she could say was, "Oh, Oh, OH!" as she tossed Leda around her shoulders and sashayed around the room. To say I was beaming would be an understatement. That was the perfect reaction to a handknit Christmas gift. Wish I could bottle it. Totally made the work worth it. When she finally regained the power of speech her thanks and compliments were effusive. But, the speechlessness spoke more than her words ever could. This gal is rarely at a loss for words, but I got her last night. Just had to share :o) I'll leave you with a reprise of Leda. Have a great weekend everyone!