It’s not like I don’t know that December is a crazy busy month, but it seems like every year it still catches me off guard. I think it’s because December is a month where I don’t want to say no to anything. There are holiday parties, craft shows, birthdays, and so much knitting, and I want to do it all, because it’s fun and it’s festive and it’s just nice.
Inevitably, though, that leads to a knitting crunch. We’re spending the holidays with L’s family this year, which means everything for my family needed to be done extra early so it could be mailed. Last Friday I delivered their parcel to the post office, feeling pretty good about how much of my holiday making I’d finished with two weeks to spare. Then I looked down at the gloves I’m knitting for L, and did a little math (amount of work divided by number of days in which to do it) and felt a whole lot less smug.
This time last week, the gloves consisted of one finished hand, with one finger, which I had to rip out and reknit, basically I had: no fingers, no thumb, no second glove even on the needles. I also realized that I had committed to making us stockings, and that I hadn’t even started (as in: no fabric, no pattern). I powered through on the second glove hand over the weekend (there’s nothing like a chart to motivate you through).
I took care of the stockings on Monday. I bought the fabric, I made up a pattern (yes, the toes are a little pointy, but that just adds character, right?) and I whipped them together. The fabric is upholstery weight that I got in the remnant bin at a fabric store downtown, so it was relatively inexpensive, but frayed like crazy, so these are French seamed. It seems a little fancy for something that will really only be used once a year, but I sure beat trying to line them.
Now I’m just chugging away on the fingers. I’ve got four finished, which leaves me four more, plus two thumbs, and just under a week. We have some driving to do, so I’m hoping I can get a finger or two knit in the car (the chart is nice and straightforward, and now I’ve basically knit it four times, so I’m not worried), which leaves me with just a few more, and then blocking and weaving in the ends. It’ll be tight, but I think I might just make it.
Wow, these gloves look amazing! Such a beautiful pattern.
There’s a lot to do here as well .. I hope I can get anything done in time. I’ve given up on the idea of knitting my mum TWO socks – I’ll finish one and knit her the other in due time. Meh.
I really, really like those gloves. The color, the pattern. L is one lucky guy!
Thank you! He is a very appreciative recipient of knitwear 🙂
There is terrific detail in this fair isle mitt. The stockings remind me of a dress I may have had as a child.
They are beautiful!
Happy Holidays to you and your family, love.
Thank you! I hope you had a lovely break.
Look at you being a sewing and knitting queen! Those gloves are so beautiful that even if you don’t finish them on time they will be perfect.
Haha, thank you! I’m not sure about the sewing bit (yet), but it’s true that nothing makes you feel more like a wizard that knitting this kind of stranded pattern.
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