If you really want to ask me what I want for Christmas, this is what I want - some precious time for knitting something for myself! i think the holidays are already getting to me. sigh. I always plan on trying to start making gifts earlier. I started in Nov, but started most of the projects halfway and put them aside. I guess the key is finishing them early...
I love knit designer Kim Hargreaves site. She's designed patterns for years for Rowan and has gone off on her own now. I love her fashion sense and these knit pattern kits are great because you get everything you need yarn, pattern, notions in a nice box. (I ordered the Joy sweater kit this past summer. I'm *almost* done with it. Just need to finish off another sleeve and the front section.) And sure its a bit pricer since she's based in England, but its nice to indulge once in a while. The sweater above, called Cherish, is a cute cropped cardigan that uses big (size 17) needles. Definitely a nice quick project.
I also love this crochet beret, Gem. I'm going to France for two weeks for the holidays (Paris and the Southwest area near Bordeaux) so I can picture myself wearing this all around the city and French countryside. Maybe its a quick enough project for me to whip up on the plane ride over?
That is what its all about I realized. Fast, cute projects. I need some major instant gratification for myself, after all the gifts I am making for everyone else. If I can even finish them on time!