So without further delay, here are my updates:
Christmas Gifts (received - not given this year):
My family is starting to get used to my addiction to knitting. They should be thankful, I am sure that it makes their Christmas and Birthday shopping easier! From Tony's mom I received The Yarn Girls Guide to Simple Knits, my dad gave me a Knitting Pattern-a-Day Calendar: 2006, and a scarf book. The calendar is already on my desk at work! I was not too inspired by the scarf book, so I will be returning it and getting something else knitting related.
The baby sweater is coming along! I have finished the back of it, and half the front, but I think I am procrastinating it. I am scared that I am going to make a mistake and have to redo it. But I will never learn unless I keep trying, so I will probably work on it more tonight.
Maria's (reese) Birthday Scarf and Hat:
For Maria's Birthday last year, I made her a fun fur scarf, which was way too short, and way too narrow, but my best friend still wears it proudly. This year, I have made her a scarf way longer, and way prettier. I think she will love it!
Pattern: Warm Fuzzies
Source: Stitch 'n Bitch Nation page 39
Yarn: Caron's Simply Soft in "Orchid"
Modifications: Maria really liked the seed stitch at the bottom of Michi's Sophisticated Scarf so I added 6 rows of it at the beginning and end of the scarf. I think it gives it a nice personal touch.
Because she has been so gracious, and my best friend ever, (and because I have left over yarn) I have decided to make her a quick hat to match. Below is a picture of the pattern from The Yarn Girls Guide to Simple Knits.
I cannot wait for her to receive it!