I finished the mittens for the older of my two nephews. He wanted blue mittens for Christmas. These are from a pattern in Knitting Pretty, one of the two books from which I mostly taught myself to knit (I also had a little help from my friends), knitted on double-pointed needles in the round all the way up. I made them from Jaeger Matchmaker merino Aran wool in mariner, a lovely springy soft wool that felt great to work with, that I bought at Hunt Country Yarns in Middleburg, Virginia, on a girls' weekend getaway last year. Or was it already two years ago? Yikes.
Anyway, more left to make: the incredible custom-fit raglan sweater in Tahki cotton classic yarn in chartreuse for my younger nephew (about 20-25 percent complete), Broad street mittens in Jawoll wool sock yarn in sort of a chestnut color (unstarted) for my brother's wife, and a basic scarf for my brother in Galway wool yarn in charcoal (about 40 percent complete). I've already finished a blue scarf for my mother (I have no memory of where the pattern is or what yarn it was) and this Coronet hat (my first cable ever!) in Plymouth Encore yarn in red. I can't believe that's really all I've knitted this season, but I guess it is. I'm really going to try to knit something for myself this year, and I owe Lisa a sweater, since she very generously regifted back to me the sweater I made her last year; I'd made her a sweater that was ridiculously warm for someone who lives in a climate that never gets very cold. Here's to knitting more during the new year.