I have 1 1/2 adult size sweaters, 3 pairs of mittens, a scarf (or 5), and a couple of pairs of socks to finish before Christmas. So what did I do last night? I cast on the December Lights Tam from the Holiday Gifts 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. Do I wear tams? Absolutely not. Do I even have anyone to give the tam to? Not really, though I'm sure I can find someone who will take it. Do I have time for frivolous knitting projects? Not on your life. So why did I cast on? Beats the hell out of me.
The first pic is what the Tam looks like in the magazine- a lovely pattern using about 8 different yarns. I probably have all of those colors (in some brand or other), but I decided to make it even more simple, by using just 2 colors: Knit Picks Essential Black (is it called coal?) and leftover Trekking self-patterning sock yarn in peach/green/orange/yellow. I'm on a mission to use up stash yarn this year, and this project is perfect for leftover sock yarn because if I run out, I can just use any other color (I have lots of odds and ends). I'm using black for the *reds*, though I might switch on the decrease motifs. And this tam will be machine washable, though I don't think I know anyone who has gotten a tam dirty.
In the end, I think it'll look more like October Lights, but it should be pretty.