I can finally reveal my super secret Christmas knitting project I posted about in early October. Turns out it is actually a birthday gift, but I had originally considered giving it to my mother at Christmas. However, her birthday is in early December so I changed my mind about the dates. By now she has received this lacy snood whose pattern I found on The Knitter's blog. It is not part of the Ravelry database for some reason, but you can directly get to the pattern PDF here. It's a design by Kirstie McLeod.
I love this snood! I would have kept it for myself if I hadn't started making it with a recipient in mind already. The lace consists of a repeated leaf pattern that is easily memorised after a few rows. The snood is knitted flat so you will have to do some sewing up when you're done. I made it easy on myself and crocheted the ends together, which worked very well and I like the look of the seam on the wrong side.
The yarn I used is ordinary sock yarn that I hand-dyed and it works really well for the snood. I had less yarn than the pattern called for, but it is easy to stop after any length, really, as long as it is after a pattern repeat. After blocking, the snood was just the right size, so don't worry if your ball of yarn is a bit smaller than called for.
Are you tempted?