Well, this is a long overdue follow-up to my Christmas knitting projects!
First of all, I want to show you all that my Mom's sweater did indeed fit - perfectly! I hope she really likes it and actually wears it! (Sorry they're a bit blurry - apparently I was not at my photography best Christmas morning)
Next - the hand warmers I made my sister out of Artyarns Cashmere 5 in color 162. Mm mm mmmmmm...I can tell you - these were hard to give away. I probably tried them on myself at least 10 times.
I started out planning to do the Wrist Warmers in the Last Minute Knitted Gifts book, but had to tink the pattern quite a bit to be what I wanted for my sis. First of all, I wanted them a bit bigger, both around and lengthwise (mostly b/c I wanted to make sure I got the most use out of the one skein of cashmere - no sense wasting that stuff with little leftovers!). To do that I casted on 4 more sts than called for, and knit for another half repeat before leaving the thumb opening. Then on the hand I knit for an additional full repeat so they would go all the way to the knuckle. I also wanted to add a thumb, because I feel like they're sorta incomplete looking without the thumbs. So after casting off I went back and picked up 12 or so sts around the thumb hole and knit a few rows, throwing in a couple of decreases on the thumb "instep" for shaping, and then bound off.
They were a great success, and now I have a nice skein of black cashmere set aside for myself to match my new coat (more projects related to that coat coming up!).