I'm (almost) halfway done with my linux illusion scarf. I need to finish off the crown of Tux's head and then continue with simple striping. The pattern includes a linux logo, but I'm going to omit it. If you recognize Tux the penguin, then you'll already know it's linux and the recipient already does. I see him on Friday, so let's see if I can finish by then. I also have to fix the mistake at the top of Tux's feet.
I have never felt the holiday knitting crunch before. (See the Yarn Harlot's blog for an example.) I completed Branching Out on Saturday but didn't think it was long enough.
After calling to locate a skein of the right color, I found one in Bellevue. I didn't really want to go get it and I didn't think I'd have enough time to knit another whole skein, so I called it finished. It can tie nicely at the neck like an ascot or cravat, much like this pattern from Blue Sky Alpacas.
After that, I want to work on the Odessa hat for my mom. I picked up beads today (pictures to follow). It would be nice to finish the hat by the 26th, but we'll see how the scarf goes.