I'm done shopping for Christmas gifts for my nephew. I got him three books (The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, The Mitten by Jan Brett, and Winter in White by Robert Sabuda), a children's Nativity set, and a T-shirt from Threadless. Of course, I also had to knit him something. I decided that every child needs at least one pair of red mittens.
The pattern is from The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd. If I haven't mentioned it before, I lurrrrrve this book and think every knitter should own it. It's an invaluable resource. The yarn is Paton's Merino Classic, which is another great resource. It's a lovely, soft, but hard-wearing basic yarn. I use it all kinds of projects. I used size 6 dpns at a guage of 4 stitches per inch; I made the smallest size, so it was only 22 stitches around each mitten. They took no time at all, and I'm very pleased with the results.
In other Christmas knitting, I'll probably do another pair of socks for my sister. My brother and his girlfriend will most likely get scarves, but I haven't decided exactly what to knit yet. I plan to spend the rest of this evening watching DVDs and knitting--a little slice of heaven. Until next time, keep those needles clicking.