Without further ado:
It's the Candy Cane hat from Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick. I've bought several books, but I've never made as many different patterns out of the same book as with this book. Really, the patterns are great. Even the sock pattern is great, if they just fit!
I need a name for the opera gloves I'm making. They're made of black mercerized cotton held together with a silvery viscose that sparkles. They come up over the elbow and come down to a princess seamed (basically a v shape that points to my middle finger) fingerless glove. There's a lace pattern going the length of the glove as well. I'm thinking of something like Glamour Gloves or O Gloves (I love all the connotations that come up when I call them O Gloves!).
I've started them, and I think they'll be alright. I haven't gotten very far yet, but I just checked a pattern that a friend sent me of something similar (yet completely different) and I think I'm at least on the right page with these. We'll see how they turn out. I think I'm going to put up Christmas tree lights and post about my Washington DC trip on my personal blog