Friday, November 20, 2009

All Year Long

So, I try to start knitting things for Christmas gifts sometime around the 4th of July. That way, I don't get so overwhelmed when I realize I have a zillion things to do and my Thanksgiving Turkey has not even digested.

Plus, I have a nephew, Abel who has a birthday a week before Christmas, and a niece who has a birthday on Christmas.
I finished this sweater for my nephew last night and had it blocking on the kitchen counter this morning. You don't even want to know what my six year old son said this morning when he walked by it.
Okay, I will tell you. He said," Oh, poor Abel."
Really, there are no words.

The pattern is the Scrap Cardigan and I adore it. You must be a Ravelry member to see it though.
It is free and you can use up all of your scraps and come up with a sweet little sweater.
I did knit the collar in a 2x2 rib for six rows, instead of garter stitch for 12, and I carried the button band all the way up to the collar.


Of course there is Toast to make for all of the fashionable ladies in your life. Something you can knit in a day or so is the best.

And cowls. Who doesn't need one of these? I love them peeking out of a coat, or with a long sleeve shirt. I wear cowls around the house all the time. They are so comfortable and warm and you don't have to worry about them getting stuck in the washing machine, oven, or dragged through a poopy diaper. Not that any of things have ever happened to me. Ahem.
What are you making for Christmas?



14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, poor Abel. Priceless. Love the cowl idea, too...I'm all about the scarves, but you're right, they do drag right through a poopy diaper! I'm also working on fingerless mitts (Fetching) and a "wimple" for my sis. But yikes, Christmas is just around the corner, isn't it? Stefani

beki said...

Love that sweater link, Katie. You're so good. I don't make a thing for Christmas.

nicole said...

lol... poor abel. guess you will be knitting one for him next, right??

Renee said...

...from the mouths of babes, lol!! Able's sweater looks wonderful, what a great pattern.

I'm knitting Toast, Scarves, one sweater and one coat. To the knitters in my life I'm gifting skeins of yarn and patterns. I think I'll start knitting for Christmas 2010 on Boxing Day 2009...

Meg said...

I love what your son said! I feel like I am way, way behind on my Christmas knitting. I'm knitting the hats and mittens advent calendar, and it has seriously slowed down everything else. I'm down to about seven more mittens to go, and then my normal holiday knitting can resume!

larissa said...

I love that cardi - thanks so much for the link. all your knitted gifts are gorgeous and I love that you choose such warm, neutral colors - what's not to love! have a great weekend.

QuiltedSimple said...

Love the sweater! I'll have to look at that - I have a 3 year old niece....you've been busy - I'm trying to get started
Kris

stitching under oaks said...

I'm just laughing at your son's comment...the true son of a knitter. great gift ideas. I've got to get going on my knitting for gifts, as I wasn't wise enough to start in July.

Hilary said...

Go you! Christmas knitting in July? That's awesome! And don't listen to the 6 year old boy...they know nothing of fashion. Plus, if he's anything like my little brother was at that age (is at 25), he said it just to be difficult! For the record, I think it is a fabulous little sweater.

Shannon said...

I can't believe addison said that! I'm so excited to see my sweet little abel in that cardi. He will look so sweet! Thank you!

Kathryn said...

The honesty of children, and their complete lack of perspective of what a GIFT a handknit sweater is! Your a wonderful aunt!
I wish I was one of the lovely ladies receiving some Toast this year, I must learn how to make those!!!

kim said...

Okay, I think the sweater is adorable, but that comment cracked me up. I love giving handmade knits to people I care about. I often feel that some people still don't appreciate the time/cost/love that goes into making these items. I must start in July next year too. I am frantic right now.

Jessica said...

I should be starting my holiday knitting in July but alas it didn't happen. I will have to check out that scrap sweater pattern...it is exactly what I need!

amandajean said...

I'm laughing at your son's comment. that is hilarious. LOVE the sweater. LOVE IT!