I just found out my Step-Sister will be around for Christmas.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing. She and I aren't close, but we get along reasonably well. I didn't expect her, since she'd just moved down to the States for a new job. But apparently, things are going well enough for her that she can fly back on Christmas Eve.
Ok, awesome. . . but everyone else in my immediate family has knitted christmas gifts. And I don't necessarily mind knitting for her.
Well, the Purple Purl's Sale worked out in my favour this year -- I got a skein of Sweet Georgia Superwash Chunky, and a set of monstrous 12.75 mm needles (I usually use 4mm or smaller!).
I've already balled it up, and unfortunately the light isn't the best, but here:
It's actually far more of a tan colour, the light makes it look more blue.
(I got other stuff at the sale, too, but I don't have good pictures since I'm currently taking pictures with my tablet. )
I also found a (free) 1-skein cowl pattern, which is the Marian Cowl. It actually calls for super-bulky, but I thought that might be too stiff, and besides which, I was working with what I could a) easily get my hands on and b) was superwash.
Also, it's supposed to be worked in the round, but the only bigger needles I could find were straight needles, but I've decided I can just seam it afterwards. Yes, I hate seaming, but I can put up with it in this case.
So, my step-sister is getting a cowl, a cowl that is actually kniting up really, really fast. I'm already 1.5 inches along with just some work on it tonight.
Man, for instant gratification, bulky yarn and big needles can't be beat!