The pattern is by Kat Coyle (just found her blog and it is well worth a visit—a super-talented designer with a bold and bright color sense—her lace knits are lovely) and was originally in Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2007. You can find it on Ravelry here.
I made the red one in the spring for myself and was delighted to learn how to wrap and knit stitches and make bobbles…two new skills to accompany my learning to knit cables earlier this year. I settled on Blue Sky Sport Weight 100% Baby Alpaca from Home Ec—very cozy against my neck and it knitted fairly quickly. I decided to knit one in green for my Minnesota sister for her early June birthday. I’m feeling a little sheepish that I just finished it and sent it off, but she probably wouldn’t have gotten much use out of it in July and August, anyway. (The colors really don’t look nearly as rich in the photo as they are in person.)
And did I keep going to Weight Watchers? Well, yes, for awhile. But I got derailed by Italy, visitors, vacation at the lake, etc. Will. return. soon.