So apparently WordPress for iPhone ate the entire post I wrote this morning. I am not amused.
The short version: if you need to make a last-minute gift, go here. http://olgajazzzy.blogspot.com/2010/12/cable-braided-necklace.html
Two hours of work, 8-9 grams of leftover sock or sport weight yarn, and one pretty button. Or one coordinating plastic button would be serviceable, if that’s all you’ve got on hand.
It’s also a great project for a beginning knitter to get lots of practice with knits, purls, starting rows, and figuring out every possible way to do a 9 stitch row wrong. But with a temptingly pretty picture to encourage them to keep going. 🙂