I've been soooo busy knitting that I haven't had time to blog! But the projects are done, and I sent them off via UPS yesterday. Yeah, that's late. And because I wasn't willing to fork over $400+ to have them arrive by Christmas Eve, my family members will receive their gifts sometime around the 1st of the year. Happy New Year, family!
To recap, I began my Christmas knitting in July, thinking that would allow me plenty of time to make everyone a nice cardigan or pullover. I finished a cardi for my mother, one for my sister, and a hoodie for a nephew. I had already given my youngest niece a cardi for her September birthday, so she got a scarf made from novelty yarn. Then all of a sudden I looked up and it was October. Ack!! Mad scramble in search of suitable patterns to make for the OTHER people on my list. The pair of socks I was making for me quickly became the gift for a SIL. And then I picked up the 2008 holiday issue of Interweave Knits. Saved! The ribby slippers were perfect for everyone else!
Well, everyone except my oldest nephew (not the "oldest" oldest, but the oldest who is still under age 18; in my family, nieces & nephews stop getting presents from aunts & uncles once they (a) turn 18 or (b) graduate from high school. Anyway, he's much too "cool" to get slippers, especially if his dad is getting the same thing. So, I improvised a skully cap for him. The cap itself is the most basic cap imaginable: 1 1/2 inches of 2×2 ribbing, followed by several inches of plain stockinette, followed by rapid decreases on the crown, then tied off. I nabbed the skull chart from a pattern in Son of Stitch & Bitch:
Sigh. Next year, everyone is getting socks. Or a scarf. Or maybe mittens. Either that, or I start my Christmas knitting in January.