The problem with offering a hand-knitted garment as a Christmas present is that you do have to finish it in time for Christmas. I found myself one sleeve short of the full sweater on Christmas Eve. I had been on target to finish until about a week before, when all the other preparations took over. It didn't matter and, in fact, it was nice still to have a familiar knitting project to sink into while watching Poirot on the telly at the end of Christmas day! In the end, I finished it yesterday.
'Drops' Pullover in Alaska and Silke-Tweed (free pattern).
I used the recommended yarn which is very good value. I have yet to manage to take pictures of the recipient wearing it but it does look very good and fits nicely. This is a rugged, heavy sweater on which the cables are shown to great effect. Little flecks of green and red come through from the Silke-Tweed which enlivens the overall colour.
I also finished the pair of Lola's Knitted Slippers (another free pattern) that I started a while ago, using the unusual Beaverslide Dry Goods McTaggart Tweed which had been a present from my Swedish pal. They are supremely comfortable with a high 'squidge' factor and are perfect for wearing lounging around (that's probably why my teenage daughters have appropriated them!).