First Up - I just can't get enough of the Malabrigo Lace. And since I have pretty much decided to give away my Jewel (that is 99% done - yah!) for a Christmas gift, I still want to make another for me. And when I saw this color, I was sold. My crappy photography skills don't do it any justice at all, trust me.
Secondly - Well on second thought, this should actually be my first thought because I want it to be a Christmas gift. I want to make this tea cozy for my friend's sweet mom, who always welcomes me in, and feeds me, and loves tea. Of course I am not using cashmere, but was inspide by this post, on this fantasic blog that I stumbled upon one recently and was instantly hooked. After the fact I thought that maybe I should have bought superwash because then it would be machine washable...too late. Plus the intended recipient is a sometimes-knitter, so I think she may not mind hand washing a handknit. I know if I received any sort of handknit from anyone I would always hand-wash with care!
Lastly - Last year I made these finderless gloves for a christmas gift, and they are very well loved by the recipient, she wears them all the time. And I don't know if you have ever felt this wool, but oh! It is so amazingly soft. And so I picked up another skein in black to make her a matching cowl. And no, I am not crazy, so I am not going to try and finish before Christmas. Its already crazytown in my life because I am working on three 4th yr university courses with due dates looming, plus already working on some Christmas knits. So, I plan on wrapping up the skein, and recommending a few patterns so that she can pick which one she likes best. So far I am thinking this or this.
And that pretty much documents the purchases I made (and in record time too) because poor puggy was waiting for me in the car.