I am not quite sure where the time has gone since my last post. Probably to knitting, and kids Christmas programs, and Church activities, and spending time with friends.
That being said, I did knit several (seven) Christmas gifts this year. This is actually the first year I have felt I my finished product was good enough to give to another person. Not exactly true, I got back to knitting and crocheting by helping DD #1 a few years ago, but that was just a garter stitch scarf.
I am a fortunate person, I knit for 5 fairly spoiled kids/teens, not related to me, four hats, one scarf. Not only where the knitted items not scoffed at, they were all donned and exclaimed over by the giftees. Several of the parental units know that I knit, but were astounded at the finished items. In fact, one of those parental units told me (back when I only considered my scarves worth giving) not to bother knitting for her or her parents, handknits would not be worn. Her 8 year old daughter, who will not normally wear anything on her head, would not take off the hat.
I will post the pictures I have of some of the items (not all were photographed) to go with the post. Actually, one of my other pleased as punch reactions, is, none of those hats came from a pattern, I just made them up as I went along.