Now that Christmas is past and everyone has received their goodies, I can share the finished items I made for gifts this year.

Project: Miss Cosmic Wonder
Pattern: Miss Winkle by Martina Behm
Yarn: MadTosh Merino Light in Cosmic Wonder
This was a gift for my sister, who is an artist at heart. I thought she would like the graffiti-like coloring of the MadTosh light (I know I love these splatter-dyed yarns). She lives in Austin, TX, so things don’t get too very cold for her. I though a squishy garter stitch scarf would be good for her – something she could get use out of when it’s cooler. And the loopy border makes the scarf interesting and funky, so it would make a nice accessory to wear to the office, as well.
Project: Song of the Sea scarf
Pattern: Song of the Sea by Louise Zass-Bangham
Yarn: Arucania Botany Lace in 2119
I had been saving this yarn for this specific scarf for awhile now, and it’s light enough that it works in warmer climates all year ’round, which is perfect for my grandma, who recently moved in with my parents in San Diego. She loved the infinity scarf I bought her last Christmas so much it was an easy decision to make one for her this year in a nice, bright turquoise. A simple something to keep out those cooler sea breezes while walking along the beach.
Project: Hitofude cardigan
Pattern: Hitofude cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu
Yarn: Ice Yarns Arctic Merino
Figuring out knits for people in warm climates is hard – all the go-to items (hats, mittens, scarves) are definitely out (unless they go skiing a lot, which my family does not). So, for my mom, I decided to make the beautiful Hitofude cardigan because it is perfectly light and drapey. It was a bigger project than I originally wanted to tackle, but it actually knit up quite quickly (though at times, the skirt of the sweater felt like it was going on forever!). I was a little worried about the length of the sweater, so I followed this modified chart for the skirt, and I think it came out great! I definitely want one of these for myself, now. Maybe I’ll work one up this spring…
Now that the holidays are over I can get back to all my selfish knitting… until next year. 

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