But I've been diligently knitting away, and although I'm not going to spoil the surprise for the aforementioned sis- and bro-in-law, Cole doesn't read my blog (he is SO not a computer guy!), so it is safe to show progress on his gifties.
Those are the socks I'm making him, above. Last xmas, when we were engaged, I made him a pair of thick, comfy boot socks and put 'em under the tree - HUGE success. Thought it would be a nice tradition, so these are the '08 installment of Hubby Xmas socks. They are Noro Kureyon, #4 needles, knit 2-at-once. Ravelry project page is here. I'm using scraps collected over the past few years, leftovers from all the beanies I've made and donated to our disc golf club for raffle prizes. What do you think of the colors? I'm going with the idea that rust/brown is very manly, although I think he'd be tickled pink by anything but, well, pink.
He's also getting a pair of ear warmers for his bicycle helmet. We don't drive, so he spends a lot of time on his bike, and it has been pretty cold again this winter. In October, I took an indigo dyeing workshop at our fiber fair, and dyed up some Blue Faced Leicester (BFL) wool; later, I spun it up in my first go at navajo or chain plying. Although the gauge of the resulting handspun is heavier than the pattern calls for, I've made a few mods and it seems to be working fine. Their Ravelry page is here.
Wishing you enough time to finish YOUR holiday crafting!