I only did a little bit of knitting for Christmas this year. One gift I finished very early-- I think it was completed in November? It was a second Frission, because I loved the first one so much and it was fun to knit. My brother's girlfriend went with me to a knitting store once, and spent all of her time admiring the green yarn, so the color choice was obvious. I used MadelineTosh Pashmina in Jade.
She loved it, and made sure that I knew she got a lot of compliments on it at work.
I also made some mittens for my mother-in-law. I've made her socks for the past few years, but this year she requested mittens. And what a perfect request it was! She didn't have any preferences for color, other than that it should go with her olive green coat, and didn't have a pattern request either. So I got to pick all of it!
I ended up choosing four colors, purple, yellow, brown, and grey, which seem to go nicely with olive green, and it also worked out that they contrast nicely with each other in different combinations. The pattern I chose was Scrap Yarn Beasties, because I thought all of the different animals would be fun to knit.
I ended up modifying the pattern a great deal. I added two braids to the cuff because I love braids. I changed the thumb to stick out on the side instead of come off the palm. I changed the top of the mitten to be no so pointy, and I had to adjust the stitch count in various places. I knit the first mitten three times because I just wasn't making it large enough, but eventually I got it just right.
The yarn is Miss Babs 2-Ply Toes, in Oyster, Naples, Dark Roast, and Violaceous.
Even though I changed the thumb, I did make sure to still keep the barking dog on it. So cute!
My mother-in-law really liked them, sadly, because I think they also go well with my orange coat.
Wouldn't you agree?