Fantastic Eyelet Afghan
It was a few months ago that I realized that before I plan to knit a bunch of Christmas gifts, I need to focus on making sure that my own family has handknit gifts this season. I'm knitting the afghan for my youngest son who always enjoys a good blanket. He loves to get cozy with a pile of them and since I wasn't a knitter when my kids were small, I'm making up for it now. The pattern I bought has instructions for two afghans - this one -- which I think is considered a razor shell lace -- and a Feather and Fan pattern. I lost about a week of knitting due to a wicked cold, but I should be finished with the blanket in a few days. The photo was taken two weeks ago and I've made a lot of progress since then. The hardest part has been avoiding casting on for other projects while I finish it.
I already sent Erica a few beanies and one of them was knit according to her specifications -- she wanted an earflap hat with pom poms, knit with charcoal-colored wool. My plans are to knit my middle son a hat and mittens. And from now on -- I'll make sure that the kids get new handknits every holiday.