I'm starting my gift knitting early. OK, very early. However, I have an idea that I think will work wonderfully. On ravelry there is an advent calendar scarf pattern for knitting. Actually there are about 10 from different designers, but I'm doing the German site's series of 5. I'm using Paton's Lace in natural, plum ice, turquoise with repeats of the plum and turquoise. I'm not adding beads. I will be doing a thin version. The finished dimensions as written are 50 cm (20 inches. I did the conversion.) by 200 cm (78 inches). Since these will be fairly quick to knit in the thin versions and are broken down into 24 small bites, I hope to get them done by the end of January, February at the latest.
I also received high compliments on some granny square slippers I made for my sister's boyfriend. Those will be repeated and expanded for the recipients. A few adjustments to hook size and I will have dialed in a perfect size I hope. I used this pattern with doubled Red Heart Super Saver yarn and an I hook. I will go down a hook size. These should wash and wear like iron, but still be soft and comfy on the foot.
The scarves posted on ravelry in the finished projects tab are breathtakingly beautiful. I might adopt a similar idea for either an afghan along or a lace class series. There are many lace patterns out there that really have a lot to teach and look fabulous.
I have also decided that lace cardigans for my granddaughters will happen next year. I will make them over-sized for more wear-ability. The lace will not be the very holey kind, more of eyelet outlines of some of their favorite animals. I will post pictures of all progress once we get some sun. I need to do this outside. My lighting inside is poor for pictures but great for general seeing.
For now, I must get my laundry done after finally kicking the flu. Holidays and illness are not fun when combined. Add every Godzilla movie made and killer klowns from outer space and I had to get better for self preservation. Yarn shopping in my stash will be fun. I know I have something that will work.