I decided that since I am always frantic around the holidays trying to finish up presents, I would get a head start by working through all 50 projects in the book in the next year. Most of the projects I like, but right off the bat, the first project kind of irked me. I just couldn't get behind the concept of the knitted necklace.
I have nothing against knitted necklaces. I even took a class with Betsy H. at Stitches South a couple of years ago on how to make knitted beads. I think the main issue I had with this interpretation of a knitted necklace was the construction. I thought each bead was rather fiddly to make. The original pattern calls for 36 beads, and I only made 20. I'm still not sure if I would give this as a knitted gift or not. I guess I just need to see if anyone likes it when I show it to them.
Anyways, here is the finished necklace made out of some leftover handspun yarn: