I made two scallop scarves from a Lion Brand pattern, which I looooove. I used the recommended Vanna's Choice. The scarves turned out so cushy and pretty, and it's a really simple pattern that's easy to follow and pretty fast. I am definitely going to make more of these.
Deeply Textured Hat pattern from The Laughing Willow. I used Full O' Sheep wool, which is kinda itchy, but I love the clean look of the texture. And it's very warm. :) I also made one for my sister, not pictured, but on hers I crab-stitched around the last row, which was a nice finishing touch!
Most recently, I made these Mitten Time mittens from Crochet Soiree for my sister. (Crochet Soiree link was broken (they took the pattern off the site) so I removed it. I can't host the pattern on my site, but I can share it with you directly. If you want it, email me and I will send the PDF to you. allicraftsblog AT gmail DOT com) My favorite parts of this pattern - though it is worked in rounds, you turn on every round, which creates a more detailed texture than a pattern worked continuously in rounds. And, of course, the bobbles! It's hard to find cute crocheted mittens, but I think these hit the mark. I used an alpaca wool from a LYS near where my parents live. (They turned out far from perfect! Not too bad for my first pair, though, and I have no doubt that, if my sister notices, she won't mind!)