While I love the idea of surprise gifts, I have to admit that sometimes it's near impossible. So last night, I officially caved and asked if I could scrap the secret and just make him a scarf. His response? "Sure. I'm not really big on surprises anyway."
Two Christmases ago, I made him a really funky scarf from a soy-wool solid. This WAS a secret, but it was a little easier to keep, since we weren't married at the time! I spent several nights out for coffee with friends trying to crank it out in time for December 25. (I think I may have even crocheted at the movies, but I made the deadline!) High end yarn like that looks good, but apparently it's a bit itchy. The scarf was black to match his grey winter dress coat.
|Here's the scarf from 2009, ridiculously wrapped in tinsel, with a copy of A Tale of Two Cities wedged inside. Those blue foil stars ended up everywhere around his apartment for months afterwards!|
|Yep, this is as far as I got in secret.|
|A multicolour ball of Homespun that should match any jacket.|
Two more secrets to round out this post. One is about the gift for the afore-mentioned wedding. It's about 30 stitches and a few woven-in ends away from completion. Of course, it's a surprise, but here's a close-up sneak peak:
The other gift is finally ready for its full reveal. My Northern Friends had baby #2 yesterday and were waiting to open the gift I mailed up to them. Here's the blanket and beanie set I made for the little guy. (Red Heart soft is a great yarn for baby projects in less-than-traditional colours.)
|Star stitches up close.|
|The blanket and beanie combo.|
|Crab stitch edging|