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.