I was kind of late to the game for being organized for Christmas this year. So, I started a hat for my grandmother at the last minute. As you do.
It was gorgeous, light blue Malabrigo. Like butter. Fun to knit. Would work great with her other recent handknits.
Then I realized it was hand-wash only. Not nursing home friendly.
But my cousin has blue eyes and this would look great on her. And she lives where it snows. So, once I finished this hat, I took a second look at my yarn options and went for Plymouth Worsted and Cascade Pacific and came up with this. If I were to do it over, I would have done it differently (helix from the start).
My even more last minute crafting is new stockings. I realized that no one went to the attic to get the stocking box this year. So, I bought new ones. There was not much selection at the big box store at that point. And then I zipped over to the craft store for dark red perle cotton and sewing needles. My ambition was to add snowflakes or flowers or something great, but then I started doing their initials and remembered what my actual skill level is. And I went with slightly wonky, but mostly legible initials.