i've been able to knock off a few gifts - knock them off the list that is. as in, i've changed my mind as to how many hand knit gifts there are going to be this year. i came to the realization that knitting under stress and pressure is knot enjoyable, and if it's knot enjoyable then it's knot worth knitting.
however, i have been able to complete an earflap hat family and they are ready to be sent:
these earflap hats are going to my sister, brother in law and niece in ohio. of course, i kept all the colors in the same family since the hats are all going to the same family. HA~! i am full of them tonite, aren't i?
i've made progress on the striped malabrigo sweater - i am about a third of the way down but i have stopped production as i am not sure i am liking my craftsmanship. because it's knit in the round and has horizontal stripes at regular intervals, i am carrying the yarn and my technique for carrying yarn while knitting in the round is yet to be desired. i can CLEARLY notice where my carrying is happening and it bothers me. plus, i can sadly say that i didn't choose a very wise place to carry. on the bright side, thanks to the advice of jason, i have resolved the issue of the little jogs where the color change happens.
no photos until i can decide what to do...frog or continue.