I already showed the colorful scarf for my gift exchange here, together with the beginning of my neutral scarf for a coworker. But here's the finished product!
Well, almost finished... I still needed to weave in the ends in that photo. But it came out great and he loved it. I boxed it up all nice with a bow and wrapping, and made it pretty... and then the next Monday found out that he couldn't wear it. I was mortified, thinking he might be allergic to wool, but no. He couldn't wear it because his wife liked it so much, she stole it! Now that's a compliment!
Meanwhile, as soon as I got done with the scarf, I started in (with the same wool) on a cowl for a friend of ours. Every year, we go to this couple's holiday party, and every year we exchange gifts. This year, for the wife at least, I decided to go handmade. The husband got bourbon.
This was a new one for me, and it used ribbing, cables, seed stitch, and a honeycomb pattern. I didn't realize it before I started, but it was listed as an intermediate pattern, so I was pretty proud of myself for nailing it, even if it was really time consuming.
I had to try it on for good measure.
Yup, cozy warm!
Oh, and I went handmade with Eric too, but not something I made. Something from an Israeli artist at the Handmade Artists Shop.
Honeybee cufflinks! He loves 'em.