The first Christmas gift I finished was actually the last one I gave – a full-sized Ishbel for my mom:
It is (obviously) the larger sized version of the pattern, which makes for a generous scarf neck wrap or a shawl that goes past the middle of the back.
Mom picked out the yarn (and pattern, for that matter) herself; it’s Mountain Colors Winter Lace in the colorway “Crazy Woman” (how fitting! :-D). It reminds me of a desert sunset (not that I’ve ever actually seen a desert sunset, but never you mind.) Best of all, the skein was ~1200 yards, so I have enough left to at *least* make a small sized one for myself (and maybe actually a large one – will have to weigh the finished shawl and the remaining yarn and see which quantity is larger :-)).
The yarn behaves a lot like the Jaggerspun Zephyr that I used for my Invisibility Shawl (and which I still have a fair bit of, left in my stash). I love working with wool/silk blends (Damson was another great one!); they seem to pick up the best properties of each fiber. And the luster and softness of the finished product just can’t be beat.
I’m normally a selfish knitter anyway, but this one was *really* hard to give away. Mom loves it, though, so I guess I’ll let her keep it.
(Plus, if I tried to take it away at this point she’d probably tell me again how her c-section scar still hurts, and how she was in labor with me for two days, and all those times I almost gave her a heart attack when I was in high school. Guilt: my mother’s most effective tool)