It hit me looking at my calendar today, in just two days we will be exactly 2 months from Christmas. For those who do not celebrate it with an overload of gifts, both purchased and knitted, no big deal. For those of us with plans that are bigger than our fingers, it is terrifying! Well, maybe not yet, maybe I should save terrifying for another month and three weeks...what do you think?
And more importantly, if you are one of those knitters who makes gifts for loved ones to be given in that winter holiday, what do you make?
During the summer I came up with a plan, started it, then promptly forgot it until this weekend! Each of my children would open three hand knit gifts from me : a pair of socks, a blanket and a sweater. The plan being that no matter how much they grow and change over the years, the blanket, if cared for appropriately, would last forever (or at least a good long time).
During the heat of the summer one blanket was finished, one was started but pushed to the side in favor of cooler knits during that heat, and now here we are with two months of good knitting time left and .......it isn't finished. Luckily Socktober stepped in and I got at least one pair of the socks done!
The First Brother's Christmas Socks.
Plain vanilla socks, I let the yarn take care of the patterning so that I could knit on something brainless while watching Little Shop of Horrors among other things.
Size 10 needles also made quick work of one sweater!
Leaflet, from Knitty.
Yarn: Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran of course in Purple for TDQ
It still needs blocking, but first I want to wash my swatch. I know, I know, before starting knitting I should have swatched, washed, blocked, just to be sure, but....I knew I wanted to add long sleeves and I wasn't sure how much yarn I would have left so I left swatching until I was finished knitting. Good plan, as it turns out, as I could only make one smallish swatch before running out of yarn! It is washing now, though!
My lunchtime knitting has been this scarf for the lady who donated a ton of yarn to my stash! No pattern to speak of, just cast on, increased, knit some twisted garter between rows of k2tog, yo, doubled the stitches and finished with some K2P2 ribbing. It spirals nicely!