Here is the other item from my November Christmas knitting preview, this is a shawl I made for my mother.
I used a special pattern, Follow Your Arrow Mystery KAL by Ysolda Teague, that is a choose-your-own-adventure knitting pattern. There are five sections and two options for each section making 32 possible combinations! I chose clues ABAAA and it turned out great! This is the most lace I have knit, which is exciting, and surprisingly the place I messed up (and left it because I realized too late and didn't want to go back) was not in the lace.
A new Christmas tradition for me is finishing my mother's knit present on Christmas Eve. This is the second year of doing this, last year was the alligator scarf. It turns out I am not alone in my present-making-procrastination; according to Ravelry, Christmas Eve is the busiest day for finishing knit/crochet projects.