As I have mentioned before, my maternal grandmother is the original crochet person in my family. I grew up with crocheted ripple afghans she had made and gifted us, and she started teaching me when I was about eight. She stills talks about the lovely crocheted lace doilies made by the other women in her family and her friends.
When I became aware that her eightieth birthday was approaching last fall, I decided to make her a lace shawl as a birthday gift. I selected the lovely Elizabeth Shawl pattern by Dee O'Keefe and Malabrigo Silkpaca in Polar Moon to match the description my mother gave me of "grey with some blue in it." I cast on with my new Hiya Hiya interchangeables and knitted away, in evenings, over holidays, and on the train.
I think that was a good response.