In some of those not sure what to do days betwixt Christmas & New Year I've finished and photographed part of my current knitting project. Beanie and mittens from Toft (http://www.thetoftalpacashop.co.uk/) made with their alpaca yarn.
The aran weight is a powerful yarn, wraps around the needle very well. Now I'm knitting a cowl with chunky yarn and very large needles ... not such a nice feel, I like my knitting to flow from the needle and this is rather a lumpy ride. Never mind, the blessing of chunky yarn and 8 mm needles means it grows very quickly. Only 18 more rows and I'm set for any very cold weather that might come our way.