Luckily this year I didn't drive myself too insane with holiday knitting (although the shawl I'm still working on has been threatened with defenestration multiple times already). So here are my little knitted gifts that happened:
Knitty's Boogie Time using Knitpicks Sock Landscape in New England Foliage (same yarn that I'm making the Sock Memories Shawl that's driving me batty)
I made Boogie Time as a birthday gift for my friend Rachael, whose favorite sweater is the colors of the yarn I bought for Mom mom's Shawl. I had a hard time finding a good watch (and I still wish it was a little more understated) but I found this at Target on clearance for $6.46, plus only using a small amount of yarn I already had, it makes for a very inexpensive gift. I have small wrists (as does Rachael) and found that I had to make a children's size instead of the women's small (which seemed positively gigantic). The resulting watch is super comfortable and I think pretty cute, although if I were making it for myself I'd go with a solid color and hopefully a black plastic watch (which I sadly couldn't find).
Hello Yarn's free pattern, Irish Hiking Scarf using Knitpick's Andean Silk in Slate
I ended up having to order more yarn halfway through this project, as all the cabling really eats up a ton of yarn without adding that much to length. Now I have a bunch left over as well (in case anyone wants to swap, it's a lovely yarn!). My first real project with cabling (besides swatches to learn how to cable). I think the pattern is really easy to "read" (as in the knitting, not the actual pattern) and memorize, and it's got just enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. I think the result is beautiful yet still totally masculine, and it fits the recipient's style very well, so I think he'll like it (I think I'll see him this weekend to give it to him). These pictures are the scarf in its unblocked state, I'm thinking about blocking it tonight to see if I can add to the length. Here's a more detailed shot: