To encourage people, I often bake for them. However, what to do to encourage a friend who is dieting? Crochet her a donut! (Of course, I hope it doesn't send her running to the donut shop as my husband predicted it might!)
Pattern: Donut Pincushion
Pattern available here: http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=32761
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Wool
I've never made anything like this before. It was a quick (less than two hours) and fun project.