On that note I've just finished a knitting project, which I'll be giving her, the Seascape Stole by Kieran Foley from Knitty, Summer 2008. The yarn I used, which was pretty completely different from the yarn called for in the pattern (I'd love to find a good vegan yarn that does something like what mohair does...), was Tahki Cotton Classic Lite. I was looking for something in a nice wedding blue, which I could afford to purchase enough yarn in and could pick up locally, so this ended up being the best option. Ideally I might have waited to find a lace weight yarn instead of a sport weight, but I figured since this was sort of a scarf/rectangle I had some leeway. Now that it's off the needles I'm more optimistic about the results and I still have to give it a good blocking.
I'll definately be knitting more Kieran Foley in the future. I got a start on Cold Mountain once which didn't end up taking off for whatever reason. This pattern was a little simpler and perhaps a better place to start.