The Knitting Kit I Gave My Teenage Nephew...

When my 13-year old nephew Timothy opened his Christmas present, this is what he saw.

Knitting needles, a ball of yarn, and "Knitting for Dummies," all on a bed of pink tulle. Just what every 13-year old boy wants! But things are not always as they appear. The gift is actually hiding cash.

I started by folding dollar bills into small rectangles. Then I started wrapping yarn around them. When one bill was covered, I added another bill, trying to maintain a round shape as I wound.

After about 10 minutes of winding and shaping, I ended up with a perfect sphere containing $20 in cash.  

And the knitting book? It's actually a card with a pocket holding more cash. I simply scored and folded a piece of black cardstock, added a pocket on the inside, and adhered a printed image of a book cover to the front.

I had a blast putting this gift together and even more fun watching him open it. His reaction was just like I'd hoped.  

It must have taken him at least five minutes to unwind the yarn and get his cash, with a huge grin the whole time. Success!


  1. Hilarious! Love it! You are so creative!

  2. How fun. It would be cool if he would learn to knit too.

    1. After pulling out the cash, he actually gave everything back to me- the knitting needles, unrolled yarn, 'Knitting for Dummies' and mound of pink tulle. So I'd say it's unlikely he's interested in learning to knit.

  3. Hee hee hee! What a super fun idea. You are so creative, Cindy.

  4. What a great idea!! I should sooooooooo pull this one on Adam!!!!

  5. That is truly hilarious! Great idea Cindy!

  6. Oh my.... this is all kinds of awesome!!! What a clever idea!!! LOL


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