Among its many perfections:
- It is exactly his second finished object and it's beautiful.
- It is entirely his own design, including the decorative bits.
- He neatly solved all the engineering problems I'd been struggling with in my own attempts to design an earwarmer. Plus, it's reversible.
- The present included a complete written pattern, with chart (created in AutoCad, which, it turns out, is not a particularly easy tool for making charts).
- He made it entirely in secret without ever asking advice or help from me (or at least not doing it in such a way that I noticed).
- He gave it to me, along with the remains of the skein, just as I was about to run out of yarn for my Monmouth Cap, and figured I was going to have to go buy more.
At first I thought he ought to try to get it published somewhere, but then we found a very similar object in Elizabeth Zimmerman's Opinionated Knitter. If it had to turn out to be an unvention, who better to have unvented it from? (Is that grammar?)
Details: Lamb's Pride Bulky (85% wool, 15% mohair) in M77 Blue Magic, about half of a 125-yard skein, on size 10 needles