This winter I was adamant that I was not going to knit gifts for Christmas; I did not want the self-imposed pressure, especially after all the baby knits of the year.
However, I did cave every so slightly...
For the other knitter in my family, I spun up some roving from LHogan; this was a recent installment from Laura's delicious fibre club. I did not take process photos and did not take note of the finished length, but the recipient made the appropriate happy noises and yarn-squishing gestures.
And then, with about 2 weeks to go before Christmas, I decided to knit one single gift... or rather a pair, for my dear Nana. I couldn't bear to think of her having cold hands!
Pattern; Borough by Veronica O'Neil
Yarn; Mirasol Kutama from This is Knit
Buttons; from Studio 54, Blackrock.
Based on the recommended yarn (Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted) I assumed, in my last minute Christmas gift rush that an aran weight yarn would suit & sent the other half into my 'third home' (he works practically next door) to pick up some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran - a safe bet when knitting for others. The fabric was far too loose for the pattern. Cue an in-person visit to peruse yarn tags & recommended tension information; I settled on the Mirasol Kutama because it just seemed right.
Modifications; I knit the top of thumb in reverse stocking stitch (the garter stitch thumb would have been too thick). I also made the wrist length shorter; I only knit 3 inches of garter stitch for both yarn saving purposes & for ease of wearing with a full sleeved winter coat. I also added partial lining at the wrist in leftover malabrigo lace, as the yarn could be slightly prickly to very sensitive skin.