My mother is impossible to shop for. Like a lot of people of a certain age, she buys what she wants, and she doesn’t have enough space to bring anything new into her small house. When I was home in October she went on and on about a certain vest. I told her that I’d buy it for her for Christmas, but at about $Cdn 300 it was a bit pricey. Instead, I decided to hold my breath and actually sew something for someone else.