Saturday, December 26, 2009

Post Christmas report

So things didn't exactly go as I planned. For Christmas day I needed four sweaters done, two hats and a scarf. I got them all done but it turned out that two of the four sweaters were to small. The sweater I knit for my Brother-in-Law Gary was to short in length and the sleeve lengths were a couple inches to short. It was also a bit tight around the under arms for him.

Once he put it on I also realized that I hate this colour for him. It looked so nice as I was knitting it and when I layed it down to take a photo of it when i was done I thought to myself how attractive it was, but then he put it on and i was disgusted by it. The blue is to bright for his complexion. I don't know what i was thinking.

I had also made a matching one for his 5 year old son, my nephew Gabriel but it also was to small. I did a size 6, according to the pattern, but it ended up fitting my almost 2 year old nephew Gavin instead of Gabriel. I think for this particular pattern I may need to do a men's small for him. I don't get why the size is so off. The colour doesn't look as bad on Gabriel but
he is also more light skinned. Thank goodness the hat I made him fit and I did buy him a DVD of Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog as well so he wasn't without a present after the sweater didn't fit.

He does look really cute in the hat.

The new plan is to redo the sweaters for them. I'm going to take this opportunity to select a more flattering colour for Gary. I'm thinking maybe a dark gray. Since I have to redo Gabriel's as well I can still do the Father/Son theme I was going for with matching sweaters.

I did have better luck with the other two sweaters I made for my almost 2 year old nephew's Gavin and Mosheh. I made them each little cardigans with bears heads for pockets. I wish I had gotten a picture of Mosheh when he figured out they were pockets. He walked around with his little hands jammed so far into them.

I must admit that the inclusion of a pack of lollipops in both Gavin and Mosheh's presents did over shadow the sweaters for them. They probably would have been just happy having only those. :-) The lollipops did help distract them long enough to get them each into their sweaters so we could take pictures and have some of the other family members open presents.

They both look super cute in their bear cardigans. My sister Lisa liked the style of the cardigan, specifically the collar that I think I may make a couple more of them, minus the bear pockets. It's an easy knit and the Bernat Satin Sport yarn is really soft and nice to work with.

The other hat and scarf were made for Lisa. She always has her hair in a ponytail and I
hardly ever see her wearing a hat, I assume because of that. So I used the Hannah pattern i found on Ravelry.

The hat has an opening in the back which the hair can fit through. As well, it had a flap that buttons up rather than just having a hole that you pull the hair
through. The flap helps to keep from messing the hair up. She was very excited about it. I also knit her a scarf using Paton's Melody yarn. She loves this yarn. I made a baby blanket out of it for Mosheh and she raved about how warm and soft it was. I like using the Melody yarn as well cause it knits up really fast on size 10 needles.

The final kicker of the past couple days was Gavin's birthday sweater. That is the train sweater i featured earlier on this blog. I have the front, back and one sleeve done and it was at this point that I realized that it too is way to small. I don't know what is wrong with my brain. I would look at it and think yup this is big enough, but then i put it up to Mosheh yesterday and it was even to small for him and he's smaller than Gavin. So tomorrow I'm going to do the mad dash out and pick him up a birthday present now that i can't give him the sweater on December 28th. I didn't want to go out today to do it because it's boxing day and I did not want to have to fight crowds of people looking for deals. The parking alone would be madness. As he did get Gabriel's intended Christmas sweater i don't feel as much personal pressure to knit him a whole new sweater and I figure I can finish the Train sweater and give it to my friend Erin who is expecting a baby boy in February.

I'm still working on two more sweaters for my friend Lindsay's kids. I have her daughter's sweater done but have yet to finish her sons. It's a seamless Yoke sweater so it's knit up in the round which is a pain when doing colourway changes for patterns. When doing rows on straight needles the yarn for each colour is left where you need it for the next row. When working in the round though it's always on the opposite side so you have to either cut it or pull it across and that could lead to bunching. When I got to that part today and realized this I said to myself screw this and picked up the Fisherman sweater I've just started. It is also knit in the round but it's all one colour so I can basically knit and not think right now which is what I need after all the disappointment of failed sizing.

So my new knitting queue is as follows:

- Embroider face onto Kittens on Leah's sweater
- Sweater for Andrew
- Finish birthday sweater for Mosheh (Jan 19th)
- Finish Train sweater which will now be for Erin's soon to be born boy
- Sweater for my cousin's new baby girl (already started)
- Fisherman's Sweater (the only sweater I really feel like knitting right now)
- New sweater for Gary
- New sweater for Gabriel

So that is where I'm at now after Christmas. Still have mountains of knitting to do.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

So four days till Christmas eve, which is when my family opens presents. I have three sweaters to finish by then. I am really close on all three of them. I'm currently finishing the neck band on my brother-in-laws Raglan sweater. Then i just need to sew together the sleeves and side seams and darn in the ends. I'm making a cute cardigan for each of my two one year old nephews. Both have been blocked and sewn together. I just need to finish the button bands and then sew on the teddy bear pockets.

I have finished one of the Christmas sweaters though. The Raglan for my nephew Gabriel. I also made a matching hat to go with it. The sweater I'm making for my Brother-in-Law is the same sweater just larger. It will be so cute when they wear them at the same time.