Since I know the recipient (my mom) is currently boarding her plane to come here and therefore posting this won't ruin the surprise, here it is. The latest FO. Finished this morning.
Pattern: Cookie A.'s BFF Socks. Appropriate since my mom pretty much fills that role.
Yarn: J. Knits Superwash Sock yarn in "Columbus" colorway (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon, hand-dyed).
Time Spent: Started last Thursday, finished this morning = approximately a week.
Notes: A very pleasant knitting experience. The pattern was interesting enough that I didn't get bored, but not so complicated as to prohibit multi-tasking. The yarn, while a touch on the expensive side ($22 for a 4 oz skein at my LYS), is gorgeous, machine washable, and pretty friendly to work with - except for the nightmare of a time I had trying to wind it into a ball with no swift or ballwinder. (This is one of the first issues I'll address upon moving.)
Also noteworthy is that this was my first pair of socks worked with the "Magic Loop" method, and I'm loving that.
And I think they turned out pretty well, too.