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Thursday, September 22, 2011

a long yarn

It's that time... again!  Christmas knitting time.  In fact, I am a little late in starting.  I have one husband, two kids, a mom and dad, two sisters, a niece and two friends to knit for... Ok now I am tired. Yikes.  I really have no idea what to make for all those people.  It would be easier to offend them and make them go away.  Don't worry...

I'd say sorry January first.
Probably not a good idea.

Oh well.

At least I know what to do for my dad...I will just finish the scarf I started knitting for him last Christmas.  Won't he be surprised.... ....that I finished it.  In my defense it is 21,000 monotonous stitches.  It is a pattern from WWI. The kind of pattern you knitted and then sent to your men at the front.  It was part of that whole "knit your bit" campaign started in WWI and made popular in WWII.  The pattern calls for wool but I am doing superwash merino wool which means that there is no shrinky or scratchy.  It's a soft charcoal grey which I think will look great with his black pea coat. And anyway it truly is a gift that keeps on giving.  I figure that for at least the next five Christmases I can hold it up while I am knitting on it and say... "I'm still working on your scarf, Dad." Poor patient guy.  My mom is also a trooper as last year was my first all knit Christmas and also I hadn't learned too much about fibers so I was still of the red heart super saver yarn frame of mind.  Her scarf was a beautiful pattern but ended up being scratchier than if it had been of wool and worse yet, it curls up on the sides. 
Now I just need to figure out what to make for everybody...luckily most of my list are comprised of females.  They are easier to knit for.  Dudes are harder..."Happy birthday honey...I made you a hat."  "Merry Christmas honey, I made you a hat." "Happy Valentine's Day honey... I made you a red hat."  "Happy Cinco de Mayo honey, I....well you get the idea.  I mean really what the heck else can you knit for guys?  I may try a scarf for Edgard but he isn't really a scarfy kind of guy.  Neither is my dad... but he is an antiques collector kind of guy and that's why I thought I could get him with the whole reproduction WWI scarf thing. I probably shouldn't say reproduction when I give it to him though.  I am going to Flock and Fiber this Saturday with three other crazy ladies.  Maybe that will give me some good ideas.

Well to make a short story long...I am going to be covered in yarn and counting silently to myself for the next few months and hopefully I won't have too much of a hunted look in my eyes....but I am sure I will...  But not more so than Edgard...silly boy...he always acts like he is about to get a knitting needle in the leg around that time.  I wouldn't do that...I need those needles.


  1. I know, right? By the way, I hope you still love me because I still love you and I am sorry I never wrote you back after you emailed but I was going through it big time. :P

  2. "Happy Cinco de Mayo honey, I made you a knitted sombrero!"

  3.'re a genius!! I am off to go look for a felted sombrero pattern!

  4. I will always love you, no apologies necessary.


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