Sunday, October 29, 2006

The state of the holiday knitting...

Big Vinny's big socks are done. And I'm happy about it. I like how they came out, but I was really starting to get a little tired of all the gray stockinette...


Then I have a large dishcloth on the needles, almost finished, I'll probably get this off the needles during The Amazing Race tonight.

It's another Sugar and Cream cotton dishcloth. This is one of the larger tea-towel sized ones I like. It looks really big because they do shrink when washed but they still stay really nice. I know I sound like a broken record but I cannot convey what nice gifts these knit towels make. If I think of all the people I have to give to this holiday that would probably like them I know there's no way I could ever do it. A couple of weeks ago my mother said she'd like a few more (as in-in addition to the ones she already has) for Christmas. When I asked her if she wanted large or small she definitively answered"One large and two small." Hmm, talk about being specific! There's a lot of possibilities with these cloths too. Think about it, you could make a couple of small washcloth sized ones and put them with some fancy soaps or bath salts. Or make a large cloth and put it in a basket with fresh baked goods or homemade candy, wouldn't that look so nice?

I also started another gift this weekend

It's a little brown teddy bear butt that hopefully will eventually be the Baby Bobbi Bear from Blue Sky Alpacas


Pray for me people, you know I'll need it. I have a bad history of knitted toy experiences, no one does know what ever became of that poor rabbit... But so far so good with this one, it seems to be more shaping than seaming so far so we'll see.

So I'm making progress, feeling good about the holiday knitting so far. Although I am now conscious of the fact that Christmas is less than 2 months away. My strategy? Prioritization. Some projects may have to be cut from the team. So I have my list, and I'm doing pretty good on the absolutely must make gifts. I have to finish the cloths for my mom, the bear (which is for my niece of course) and then I want to make a pair of socks for my dad. But once those things are done there's a whole other round of possibilities. Gifts that if I have time I will make. We'll see though, I'm not one for knitting under pressure. I'm sure the closer I get the better that rack of gift cards at my grocery store is going to start to look...

4 comments:

Say said...

I feel so guilty. I haven't even thought about holiday knitting yet! But those dishclothes do look awfully handy and I'm starting to be drawn in by them.

Big Vinny's big socks look great. Does he have them on yet? I was knitting my Baudelaire's during the Amazing Race. ;)

Dorothy said...

Love your washcloth. I'm planning on doing up a bunch of dishcloths too.

I'll say a prayer that your toy comes out fabulous and is well loved by it's recipient.

Tracy said...

Having seen it in person, I now understand how it's a butt :-)

sunneshine said...

I love Vinny's socks! They look so good!

I am working on my holiday knitting right now - I enjoyed reading your prioritization, since that is exactly what I do! Good luck on getting the whole team made!