I hear and I obey…
Those of you who have been around for a while will know that not only do I have 4 children to work on Christmas crafts for, but I also have not one, but 2 kids with a birthday a mere 11 days after Christmas. This year, in particular is a big one. We have one child celebrating her first birthday and the other his tenth, on the same day. In order to pull off the kind of heartfelt, home-made celebration that I want, I have to start working really early and start planning even earlier.
I’ve been thinking about this sweater for over a year now and I’ve had the yarn set aside since February, but I only started actively working on it over the last couple weeks. I originally chose this pattern, but then started to dither. When I was finally ready to cast on, I still hadn’t decided, so I confessed my plans to Iain and asked him if he wanted to pick the pattern or have it be a surprise. He opted for the surprise (surprisingly). So, I’ve been doing my best to keep both wool and pattern hidden away.
The yarn is Northampton by Valley Yarns in Apple Green. After years of wanting nothing but light blue, he’s been on a green kick lately, so I’m hoping he’ll like it. For the pattern, I finally decided on the Child’s Aran Sweater #19 by Melinda Goodfellow of Yankee Knitter Designs. I’m making the size 12 cardigan and adding to it a bit in length since Iain is on the tall side.
Way back when I was working on this sweater, Iain mentioned how much he liked those “twist-y stitches” and I’ve been wanting to make him a cabled sweater ever since (as a side note, eee-gads those are some cruddy photos!). I don’t tend to do that kind of knitting though. Not because I can’t, but because I tend towards more practical knitting. I knit a lot and I knit it very quickly, so that my children can be warm. I pick projects that I know I can churn out in no time, even while doing a variety of other things (including yes, reading). Which means a lot of simple, straight forward knitting that doesn’t require much attention at all. I don’t always love working this way, but it means that little wardrobes get filled up with things that might other wise be lacking (I can make a soaker or a sweater for ever-so-much less then I can buy them). I generally console myself with the thought of all the time I’ll have to knit intricate and fussy things for my grandchildren. But 10 feels like a really big deal. Double digits! And after last year, it’s really important for me to make this birthday extra special. I want to put a lot of time and care into his gift(s). It is very much worth it to me.
So far it’s going well. I figure I’m around 2/3 of the way through the back. It took a little while, but I’ve gotten into a groove with it. I’ve pulled all the stitch markers and I’ve now got the 8 row repeat memorized. My goal is to do at least one repeat, each night, while the kids are in bed. I think I’m making good progress and hopefully I’ll be able to have it finished up and set it aside long before the craziness of the holidays sets in.