Thursday, December 10, 2015
Keep Calm and Carry Yarn
My right eye is twitching and I have yet another sinus infection, but the last day of school before the start of the winter holidays is a mere eight days away and Christmas is only fifteen days away. There really is no time for dilly-dallying. Not when there are still gifts that need to be knitted up!!
The last time I talked about Christmas gift knitting I had mentioned that I wasn't sure if I was going to knit my son's teachers and EA gifts or wait until the end of the school year. After thinking about it a little more, I decided that I will knit them something and save the other crafty gift idea for the end of the school year, that way the teachers can appreciate their knitted items now while it's cold outside. Makes sense, yeah? Since there are less school days than those leading up to Christmas day, I had set aside family presents and had spent the last few weeks concentrating on the teacher gifts. As of yesterday, they are all finito! Once they're blocked, which I'm hoping to do this weekend, I'll take a few photos (if you're impatient, I snapped a quick pic of one of the gifts on my Instagram). I honestly didn't think it would take me so long to knit up three gifts, but the first one - a brioche stitch cowl - was seriously the epitome of black hole knitting. Meanwhile the other two took a matter of a few days each. Oh well, they're done.
Now to concentrate on the knits for the Kiddo and the Mister. I had decided to knit the Kiddo a yellow Playdate cardigan. Again, knitting expectations of myself were quite high and I was hoping that I would have this sweet kiddie cardi done by the end of November. I didn't take into account that my hands would act up again and that I would have to take a few days off at a time here and there. The good news is that I have the body completed and now just need to knit the sleeves and pick up for the button bands. The hard part will be finding the right buttons, but I think I'll take the Kiddo with me on this hunt and see what he thinks. I think it will make the cardigan that much more special if the Kiddo had more input into it, other than just the colour.
As for the Mister's gift. Well...yikes!! Let's just say I've started swatching. That's a step in the right direction, right? Ok, fine. The possibility that a box of yarn with a note attached promising that said yarn will eventually turn into a garment will end up under the tree is very, very, VERY high. If not guaranteed. Please don't judge me! The Mister has no idea that I'm planning on knitting him a sweater, so I think even a simple note of my intention would still be a nice surprise. I hope!
In the meantime, I better get those knitting needles a-clicking! I said there were how many days left until Christmas?