Well, I know the best way to show someone how much you appreciate them is to crochet something for them.
Jimmy is originally from Ireland, and has a darling accent. I wanted to make something appropriate to honor his country of origin and his loving memories of it.
I found this free pattern by Carola Wijma (you can download it if you are a member of Ravelry), so I made up 40 "Celtic Knot" squares in traditional Irish colors: green, gold, orange, and black, with a border in an off-white that reminds me of those gorgeous knit Irish sweaters.
The squares are each made up of separate pieces that are then woven together. It looks a lot more complicated than it is, and it worked up pretty quickly--my favorite kind of pattern!