Thank you, Elizabeth, for asking (and spurring me on to actually sit down at the computer and write a post rather than sit on the couch, knitting, just thinking about what I’d write if I were at my computer)! My Christmas knitting is coming along swimmingly, and just in time, too.
This is one of the main reasons that I start my Christmas knitting so early. In June and July, it’s surprisingly pleasant at my house, and knitting something big and fuzzy – like a lopi sweater – is no big deal. But by the end of August, the weather kicks it up a notch or two, and knitting projects that use yarn heavier than sport weight have to be shelved. Mohair is totally out of the question. And the majority of my knitting is done late in the evenings or at the bookstore, where the AC is cranked up and free.
But because I started so early, I don’t have to feel stressed about not being able to work on any of those heavier items. They’re already done.
The sweater on the bottom is totally finished – see the buttons? No? Oh, here. I took a special picture just so you could see that not only are they sewn on, but that they match the sweater like the two were made for each other.
Next up from the sweater is an item (which I won’t name, but I’ll bet most people can guess what it is) that I still need to weave in about a million ends on. I finished it ages ago, but don’t want to spoil the surprise, so I’ve avoided putting it on here.
After that-which-won’t-be-named is the little peach sweater. You can read about it here, as it’s been done for a while, too.
Finally I have one and 1/2 Fiddlehead Mittens done. Much like the Joie du Printemps mittens I made a while back for myself, I’ve been waiting for an occasion to make these. The occasion hath arrived (in the form of a relative in need of mittens), and I’ve welcomed it appropriately. I’ll still need to line these mittens, but first I have to finish the outsides and block them.
So I am left with two pair of socks (2 weeks each), one little person sweater (1 week), and another (yes, I have to make two) that-which-won’t-be-named (which, in case you missed it, means I’ll have about two million ends to weave in) (three weeks to knit, plus an unknown amount of time to do the ends) to make before Thanksgiving (this is my self imposed deadline for sending my gifts back to Wisconsin).
I should be fine (did you fall for it? did you click it? ha!!), and I’m going to my initial claim that it’s going swimmingly. I just need to stay focuse….