So I made another Milkweed. This may be my go-to gift pattern. It's easy, it takes just one skein of sock yarn, and the results are pretty awesome.
It was hard to get a good picture of this, as it's pretty much the same tone as my blocking board. I did things a little differently this time and added an extra repeat of charts B and C to make it bigger, and ended up running out of yarn on the last chart. That was fine with me. When it comes to sock yarn, I'd rather run out than have too much left over.
I used Blue Moon Fiber Art's Seduction in the Sedona colorway, which has been marinating in my stash for a few years. (I bought it during my trip to The Fold a few Thanksgivings ago.) I wasn't so sure of the colorway in the skein, but it turned out so nice in garter stitch. I found the yarn to be kind of splitty, which was disappointing, but it blocked out very nicely. I think I'd use it again (but not for socks - too delicate).
This was a gift for one of our hosts, the charming and very gracious Allison. I wasn't sure what she'd like as I'd never met her, but I figured that if she was smart enough to fall in love with Paul, she'd be smart enough to appreciate a handknit. And she did, even wearing it while we were visiting. Of course, I was too embarrassed to ask for a picture, so here's a shot of me wearing it the day before we left town.