I didn't knit very many gifts this year, but enjoyed the things I did make.
My first project was actually a birthday gift for my brother. It's the Dwarven Battle Bonnet. I had found this pattern a few years ago and was just waiting for the perfect reason to make it.
Viking helmet hat)
This Darkside Cowl was a free pattern and I knit it in superwash for my daughter's teacher. I liked all the colors that pop out of this colorway (Rainier, Cascade Superwash 220). If I were to wear it I'd probably use it as a headband/ear warmer, but it did fit snugly around my neck too.
I made two pairs of slippers for gifts this year. A pair of the NOLA slippers for my father in law (which I finished on Christmas Eve, so I didn't get a chance to take a photo before wrapping them!) and these French Press Slippers for my sister-in-law.
I enjoy the squishy feel of the NOLA slippers and the pattern changes enough to keep things interesting.
The French Press Slippers were my Thanksgiving weekend project. I knit most of them in the car going to and from Minnesota. The yarn is colorway Dragon Dance in Patons classic. (Ravelry: Dragon Dance)