What is it that's such fun about stripes? I'm halfway from cast-on to crown decrease with the stripey hat and having such fun that I wonder if anyone else on my Xmas list would like one.
Fabritius' famous "Goldfinch" (as in Donna Tartt's novel) is currently on loan to the National Galleries of Scotland -- the first time it has ever been here. Our niece and I recently went to see it. Then we went to the museum shop and thought about Christmas. They were offering Fair Isle-type berets for about as much as I had just paid for the stripey hat kit. Of course, you didn't have to knit the berets, but this stripey hat is seriously fun, and I think the result is going to be rather better than machine-knit Fair Isle.
They also had some Edward Gorey Christmas cards. We're great Gorey fans around here. There was nothing I cared for, but when I got home I looked up the publisher, Pomegranate, and found this, which I ordered from them and will be sending out soon. It's called "She knitted mufflers endlessly".