I don't do much Holiday gift knitting. Instead I try to make hand knits for my friends and family on their Birthday's. This way I don't get overwhelmed so close to Christmas. My niece's birthday is in the middle of the Summer so she had to wait a few months for her hand knit hat. I am so happy she loves it. Her mom claims she doesn't take it off :)
I used Schachenmayr Yarn "Boston Mix". I followed the pattern that came with the yarn. I can't find the name of the pattern anywhere. I had a little yarn left over and started knitting an ear warmer. I love how this yarn knits up in stockinette. I of course ran out of yarn and I need to go back to Chelsea Yarns and buy some more so I can finish it up.
I am still listening to "Drums of Autumn" from the Outlander series. I am still loving it!