I hope you all had wonderful holidays. I did, and I'm glad I can finally show you some of the holiday crafting I was busy working on.
I made these wristwarmers for my Secret Santa at work. She's an excellent knitter and spinner so I knew she would appreciate them. The pattern is the Snowy Wristlets (Rav link) from the Crochet Today special issue Must Have Gifts (originally printed in their November/December 2008 issue). I just used cream colored yarn from the stash and the recommended hook. It was an interesting pattern that is still simple enough for a beginning crocheter.
I'm not sure if I've said it here before or not, but Crochet Today is an excellent magazine. Very clear instructions and great patterns that are mostly made up in yarns that are available at the big-box craft stores. I've found so many great stash-busting patterns in their pages, too.
I actually finished this stocking for myself last Christmas, but by the time I remembered to blog about it I had packed it away for the year. It is Christmas in Tallin by Nancy Bush (Ravelry link) from her book Knitting on the Road. I used some Dalegarn Tiur from the stash. I'm very pleased with how it came out, since my colorwork usually looks a little bunchy. I worked this on two circular needles instead of on double pointed needles, and for me that helps a lot.
I was very impressed with the braid, also--it turned out to be one of those things that looks quite tricky but is really easy.
More presents coming soon, and I may be inflicting some wedding crafting on you also ;)