I rarely make the same project twice. Unless of course it's a pair of socks or something like requires that you knit two. I subscribe to the "so many projects, so little time" school of thought.
I also rarely knit Christmas presents. This is a Christmas present and the second Orchid Thief that I've made in as many months.
So, what's going on?
Because I had some trouble with the transition from chart three to chart four, I had some sort of visceral need to conquer it. It is now conquered and I feel better. Silly? Of course. But that doesn't change the fact that I needed to dominate a knitting pattern. Maybe I should be embarrassed by the victory dance, but I'm not.
As far as the Christmas thing goes, it was a gift for my sister. The one that lives near my mom and does way more than her fair share of the heavy lifting when it comes to mom's care. She deserved more than a gift card for her new Kindle. I wanted to give her something that came from my heart and hands. She's a knitter too, so she gets it.