Hanukkah is the earliest I can ever remember it being! Happily I finished right on time, literally, the day before.
My oldest got the Lucy Hat. When I sent her a picture of the hat and asked her if she would like it, she was very noncommittal. I believe she said "if you want to". It's a good thing I really wanted to make it and thought it would look good on her. She loved it so much, she kept it on the whole night. I knit it with Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash Solids (Worsted: 100% superwash merino, 218 yards).
As an aside, I love the hat so much, that I made one for the store and put in a "flash" class for Saturday, December 7 & 14. I'm also going to make myself one. It's really adorable.
Her BF got a pair of socks. He put them on immediately, over the socks he was wearing! I love that! I knit a basic worsted weight sock, 2 @ time, toe up. The yarn is Berroco Comfort Solids Worsted (Worsted: 50% Nylon, 50% Acrylic, 210 yards).
Thing #1 got her long awaited Black Lace Sweater ... in pieces. With good reason though; I had questions about sleeve length and buttons. She was constantly lamenting about the sweater I had promised her. I had lulled her into a false state of disappointment. Makes the gift giving that much sweeter.
Last year she got the blocked swatch. This is the sweater she swears I promised her even though I know I would NEVER promise a black lace sweater to anyone.
Thing #2 got the Cinder Scarf a beautiful, bulky, reversible cable scarf. I knit it with stash (yeah!) Berroco Vintage Chunky (Bulky: 50% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 10% Nylon (Polyamide), 130 yards). She loved it. I would definitely knit this again for myself or as a gift.
Joe was positively exuberant over his socks. Maybe a little over the top. He's still stinging from the the 2 year period where one year he got yarn and the next year he got socks.
However, in all fairness to me, when I first started knitting socks - he didn't want a pair. It was only later when everyone around him was getting socks that he warmed to the idea. Now he loves them. The yarn is Bergere Magic (Worsted: 50% Wool, 50% Acrylic, 87 yards).
Since Hanukkah fell over Thanksgiving we did a Secret Santa (or Secret Maccabees as it's now being called) for the whole family. I got my cousin David who is a big New Jersey Devils fan.
The hat is my Simple & Easy Hat for the Whole Family.
I did try doing Intarsia for the logo, it just wasn't coming out nicely.
I ended up buying a patch online and sewing it on. For the horns, I used a pattern I found on Ravelry. I added a penny to the bottom of each horn to give it stability and stuffed it with yarn as I didn't have any stuffing in the house. He loved it. I did have a picture of him wearing it, but it was blurry. The yarn is Rowan Pure Wool Aran (Aran: 100% Superwash Wool, 186 yards).
And now the pressure is off, I can finish Thing #1's sweater out in the open. You see I had all the knitting projects in one bag. If the person who's gift I was knitting walked into the room, I quickly stuffed it in the bag and drew out another. There were a few tangles and dropped stitches along the way, but it all got done.
Big sigh of relief here.