Dowries are decidedly creepy, yes? They turn marriage into something more akin to a business transaction. I've always been a fan of the trousseau, though; that set of embroidered linens a girl began working on at a very young age, waiting for the day the special objects would be used on the bed she was to share with her husband.
One of my oldest friends was married over the weekend. He's a traditional guy who married a gorgeous traditional girl in a lovely traditional ceremony. I never know what to get my friends who go that route. The folks who get married underwater, or have a crazy hat theme, or wear wings as they walk down they aisle: those folks I can readily conceive of gifts for. Those more traditional folks, well, I worry about whatever blanket I make not matching their decor, or my strange gift being more perplexing than meaningful. And you want folks to like your contribution to their new life together, you know?
My solution to this conundrum was, in this case, these:
Hand embroidered his and her pillowcases with lovebirds and some foliage.
She's got a rose, he's got a leaf.
I'm hoping they're gender neutral enough. I figured that a white set of pillowcases would match just about any other set of sheets, as long as the embroidery colors weren't too over the top.
On another note, I'm still looking for feedback regarding why you love small things. I'm about to send the article off, but any last minute thoughts would be welcome.
Also, I am still looking for a test knitter for the Beatrice Hat. <3