I don't usually knit Christmas presents - I know from past experience that it's just creating an extra source of stress in getting them finished in time. And I have not been much of a sock knitter, either, though for Christmas 2011 I did knit 3 pairs (of which 2 and a half were finished in time). But this year, I needed a small portable project and decided to try sock knitting again, and to knit a pair for my daughter for Christmas - knitting one pair of socks seemed perfectly manageable. I bought a skein of lovely Lichen and Lace sock yarn from my friend Sarah Alderson, and her sock pattern, The Chain. (Sarah designed the thrummed slippers pattern that featured in my previous post.)
The socks were finished well before Christmas. They have turned out very well, and the yarn is beautifully soft.
But meanwhile, my daughter said that what she really needed was a replacement for a scarf that she had lost i.e. she wanted me to knit a plum-coloured infinity scarf, as soon as possible. So I decided that the scarf would have to be for Christmas, too.
It took a while to find some wool of the right colour - King Cole Merino Blend 4-ply in Damson. By this time it was well into December, and we decided that the scarf had to be about 46 in. (117 cm.) in circumference, and quite deep. I did get it done - I finished it at 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve (knitted, ends sewn in, and pressed). Cutting it a bit fine, I know, but on Christmas Day it was all wrapped up, under the Christmas tree.
It's designed to loop around the neck twice. I don't have a photo of my daughter wearing it, but here it is on our newel post.
I knitted it in the round, with a chevron pattern of eyelets and decreases in the middle and garter stitch borders top and bottom. Basically, a very wide, short tube.
It turned out that she hadn't lost the original scarf after all, but as it's cotton jersey, a hand-knitted wool scarf is much nicer, and much warmer for the winter. She's very pleased with both the socks and the scarf. And I'm going to knit more socks - this time for me. And maybe a Moebius scarf too.