A moment of knitting alchemy. A simple pattern + a specific yarn + a deadline = something really wonderful.
Destroyed Cowl (Ravelry link,) in malabrigo worsted, the indescribably hued Pearl Ten
Ironically, I hit this gold when sister Lulu requested something gray for her Chanukah gift. Gray? really gray? we do not normally do gray. She likes the stylish, I figured the infinity scarf, an endless loop that may be doubled as a cowl and is all the rage, would work
A quick knit: a provisional cast on, knit the skein in stockinette until almost out of yarn, drop a few stitches along each edge, kitchener the the ends together. Hold breath while unraveling dropped stitches. Admire the strip of stockinette transformed into a drapey, lovely piece* that shows off the kettle dyed subtlety.
This could easily be the gift you knit over the weekend. Simple enough to socialize while churning through it, and small enough to take along while traveling.
I left Lulu a voicemail warning her: if we don't get together very soon to exchange gifts, she may never get this one. Seriously.
* model disclaimer: self portrait, so not my metier. Just go with me here and believe in the possibility.
Tomorrow on the getting gifty train: what to buy the photographer in your life.