Christmas gifts from daughter-who-knits!
They are very special and indeed, winter warmers.
Rowan's Winter Warmers
A few extra rows were added to the sock cuffs so I would have more to cuff or scrunch. Following the instructions for the heel, which I refer to as quick-n-dirty, left ghastly holes. Daughter-who-knits knows how to avoid this, but using the recommended yarn (Alpaca Chunky) and needle size made it impossible to minimize them. She ripped back more than once and finally strayed from the instructions by going down a needle size and using a slow-n-clean heel method. No ghastly holes, no more ripping back.
She knit the Holly Hat as a "house hat" to go with my house socks. Both are lightweight but very warm so there is no need to turn the heat up!