When I knit a hat for my Dad last year from Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Taupe Mist it only fit Guinness the dog, so I tried again for Christmas...it sorta fit, but quite snugly -- gee, a gauge swatch really is a good idea! Off to buy more yarn and a new pattern, here's to hoping 3rd time's a charm.
I made my sister Emily a lace applique tank very similar to mine.
And used the Heather Prime Alpaca I got back in October from ImagiKnit in San Francisco
o make her a fluffy pink Diamond Knit Cowl from a beautiful pattern by Susan St. Martin.
And THIS actually fit (much easier)! I whole-heartedly recommend Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off, a really nice finishing touch.
The tank and cowl got wrapped up in little, pink packages with Martha Stewart craft punch Icelandic snowflakes.
I liked that her gift to me was wrapped so the penguin was peeking out around the little gold bow.
Feeling a little chilly myself I started a cowl for me with 2 huge balls of heavy grey wool my Aunt Jean sent me as part of a big box of craft supplies donated to my blog!
It seemed the perfect yarn for the chunky seed stitch pattern of the GAP-tastic cowl by Jen Geigley. I got about 1/3 through before running out of yarn (mental note: this and the hat fiasco proving I must work on more accurate yarn-age estimates...) but no worries, it's quite wide.
I can drape it twice around my neck and hopefully stave off these cold, cold days we've been having in NYC.
Happy New Year crafting!