I've started my first project of my Christmas knitting (I hope it won't be my only project but progress is slow right now!) - Gramps! I'm knitting the 3-4 year size for my nephew who is almost 2, but big for his age. It's looking a little small right now and I'm hoping that it's just an illusion because it's on my needles and I haven't gotten too far yet. I even did a gauge swatch before knitting this pattern (unheard of for me!) and it was pretty close to what it was supposed to be.
For the main color (brown) I'm using Diamond Yarn Luxury Collection Fine Merino Superwash DK. For the contrasting color (grey) I'll be using Cascade 220 Superwash in charcoal heather color.
In my efforts to become a faster knitter, I'm attempting to knit this project continental style (not my usual) as I think that, once I get it down, I'll be able to finish projects in a more timely fashion. This project is good because it's a lot of stockinette stitch. My main problem with continental is keeping my tension. I still have to 'rewrap' the yarn around my finger once or twice per row but the tension is looking pretty good, so far.
I've actually gotten a bit further than these pictures show but I'll likely feature this in another WiP post in the near future so I'll take more pictures then (unless by some miracle I find more time to knit and finish this in the next week or two, then it will be in an FO Friday post!).
I hope others over at Tami's Amis are sharing more exciting WiPs than this! Lots to do at work and the end of the school semester have been taking up most of my time lately! I'm counting down the days until I get a break from it all over the holidays. One of my favorite professors is encouraging me "not to waste December" and work on an article for publication - I'm not sure if I have the heart to tell him that I really want a full break for a couple weeks...on the other hand, I'm not sure I have the energy to write a publication-worthy article! Would much prefer to be knitting and baking next month :)