For Eddie, I made a scarf using Manos del Uruguay and this pattern. So, the yarn. I LOVE THIS YARN! I picked it up on a whim during my LYS's holiday yarn sale and it is nothing short of glorious. It was amazing to work with; it's ridiculously soft, and the mission of the company is inspiring. I have about half a skein left and I really want to do something special with it.
I haven't knitted many man items, so I wasn't sure if Eddie would like this. Plus they live in Georgia so it doesn't get horribly cold and this scarf is pretty warm. Then I received a text from him the other day that said: "I am wearing my wonder scarf today. It's 30 degrees, but I am warm as toast!" So I think he's enjoying it.
Now for Mom. I love my mother dearly, but if every there was a difficult woman to please, it is she. I've been wanting to make her something for a very long time, but every time I float an idea by her she doesn't seem to care for it. Then during her wedding weekend we just happened by (read: I forced the entire family to visit) a yarn shop and found this great skein of locally dyed yarn from The Copper Corgi.
This cowl definitely challenged me. I had to restart three times because I kept miscounting and am not familiar enough with lace to figure out where I made the mistake. By the end, though, I could read that pattern like the back of my hand and had no problem finding my errors. This was also my first experience with an i-cord cast on and bind off. While tedious, I do like the clean edges they bring to the final product. Mom says she likes it too, but it's always hard to tell with moms...
P.S. Thanks to Julia and Erin for modeling for me!