I finalized all the knitting and beading gifts a few days before Christmas Eve!
Pattern: Falling Water Lace Scarf, published by Bonnie Sennott.
Yarn: Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere yarn. I have 13 grams left over.
Needles: Circular Crystal Palace US4s.
Alterations: None really. I knit it exactly as written except for the change in needle size. I knit on it until it was 80" long pre-blocking. That was about all I could take.
Finished Dimensions: 86" long x 4.5" wide.
Impressions: The yarn was a pleasure to knit with... it just doesn't get any better than cashmere! The pattern is straight-forward, and would probably make a good beginner lace project.
Pattern: "Tiny Bamboo" stitch pattern from Vogue's Stitchionary Volume 1, with slip-stitch edges and added fringe.
Yarn: Elann's Peruvian Sierra Aran, in Chestnut. Used a total of 4 skeins.
Needles: Addi Turbos, US8s.
Alterations: None as I made up the pattern.
Finished Dimensions: 79" long with fringe, 72" long without fringe x 5.25" wide.
Impressions: I really liked the stitch pattern, it was easy to execute without being boring. The yarn was not as soft as I thought it would be with the 20% alpaca content, however I would consider it for outerwear projects and other scarves.
I also whipped up some elastic-corded beaded bracelets. These are fun to make, not to mention pretty quick to put together.
All in all I would say everyone loved their hand-knit and beaded gifts! I started in May, finished a few days before Christmas Eve, and ended up with nine handmade gifts to give. Now to decided what to make as gifts for next year :)