Oh I love the holidays. Knitting for friends and their families gives me a chance to rediscover old patterns and fall in love with new ones.
The Sev[en] Circle is just one of those super fun knits that creates something so simple and unique… I don’t know why I haven’t knit 100 of these! Use any type of cotton blend yarn, variegated or solid, and you’ve got yourself an awesome accessory for any time of the year.
The Honey Cowl is lovely. The key here is to use pretty, soft yarn. They suggest using MadelineTosh, obviously, but I found a great skein of Invernal on clearance at my local yarn shop (or LYS for you fellow knitnerds), so I used that instead. I used a slightly larger needle than the yarn asked for so that the cowl would move easily and be light to wear. I really think the cowl turned out beautifully!
Matt, I hope your mom and sister love their Christmas gifts!