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I finished another hat for the Christmas gift giving box and I'm ready to cast on one more with this pattern.  I'm knitting at the speed of light - well it feels like it when you knit the same pattern over and over.  I don't have pattern fatigue yet...so I'm going with it.

I looked at my 'what I would like to knit for Christmas present list' and it's mighty long and slightly crazy to execute.  However, I love to make lists even if they are out of my league.  Hats are the theme this year and maybe mitts.


I started my son-in-law's sweater over the weekend.  Even before the casting on, I came across a problem.  The chest size I want is in between two sizes.  Ugh.  So I opted to knit the larger size knowing (and hoping) that worsted wool on size 7 needles knitted my me is definitely not 5 stitches to the inch like they want.  Fingers crossed that my assumptions are correct.

And no....I did not swatch.  I know that on size 8 needles with this yarn I am 20 stitches per 4 inches.  Ahem.  So we are doing an experiment!  I'm totally cool with ripping out and starting over...


What have you been knitting or crafting?  Did you start holiday preparations yet?

Comments

  1. Your hats look wonderful and so squishy and warm. I'm glad the weather has cooperated with cooler temperatures to make sweater knitting a joy. That is a beautiful color and I hope your experiment works! Unlike you, I don't have any big holiday knitting planned but hope to soon choose some yarn in person for socks and/or a hat for Justin and mitts for Ryan.

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  2. I am making bags, and more bags for Christmas. I will be bagged out by then and maybe back to knitting? I love that hat!!! The color is gorgeous. Just wish I could wear hats, but I look like a dork in them.

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  3. That's a nice looking hat, good for you for making so much progress. on your gifts. I want to knit something for my husband for Christmas, but he is the only one getting a handknit this year. I haven't quite decided what it will be, but I'd better decide soon so I don't end up knitting like a crazy person into the night on Christmas Eve!

    I hope the sweater behaves the way you are expecting, that will save time all the way around.

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  4. Beautiful colors in your knitting. Everything looks so cozy (especially on this cooler morning). Hope your experiment/guessing works out. I'm just catching up on blogs.

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  5. I have the last couple of gifts to wrap and that is me finished with gifts for this year. Really early due to our planned trip visiting the family and flying to Florida for three weeks. Love the hat the colour is stunning, perfect for the Winter months. Hoping you are feeling better and that your back is holding up.

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  6. actually, I have a pair of fingerless on the needles, but I'm stuck with the enthusiasm part. This would make a third pair to give to the barn folks. I really need 3 pair. Im giving a shawl away to our aunt tomorrow. Kind of an early gift. We dont do gifts wth them, but she is special and I want her to have it.

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  7. Hello. I just discovered your lovely blog. The hat pattern is so nice. Lucky ones who get this as a present. Being in southern California, my little grandchildren don't use hats or gloves but I did finish knitting another pair of socks. Everyone can use socks. Have a great day! Pat

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  8. I love that hat pattern with the different stitches. I finished a pair of socks and got an unpleasant surprise. HA!

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  9. The texture and color of that hat are so pretty. I am doing quite well with my November birthday and Christmas knitting. I have finished 3 of 4 gifts, the Christmas socks for my daughter, a set of three washcloths for my daughter-in-law, mittens for my niece's birthday. I need one more for my sister's birthday the end of November. I can't quite find the right color and pattern. I'm sure inspiration will hit soon. Shhh on these gifts. Two of the four read my blog regularly so I haven't been posting about these projects.

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  10. There won't be Christmas knitting this year ... I don't usually gift knit. But.....there is a LOT I want to get done, starting with my I ♥ Fall KAL socks and the pair I am working on now (Sunday Swing).

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  11. Not planning any holiday knitting, except for me! and I love your "sweater as a swatch" experiment - hope it works!

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  12. I hope your experiment works. I don't like it either when my size is in-between the pattern's sizing. That happened with my Pink Flamingo. I (●♡∀♡) love the berry beanie. Excellent job on that.
    I ran to Michael's today in the town over because I was tired of my local's selection. I bought some cotton/acrylic yarn to make a swap gift and added some clear embossing powder for my stamping and new stencils. I have library books to pick up. I have Inspector Armand's #3 that you just read. Sometimes from my library, it's faster to get the hard copy than the e-copy.

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  13. This hat is just beautiful! Someone is going to be very, very happy to receive it as a Christmas gift.

    I crocheted quite a bit over the summer, so I have a few things that I will give for gifts, but my "big thing" for the holidays is cookies. On average, about 2,500 each year, for Christmas. I will start right after Halloween (I have a sub-zero freezer), and finish a week or two before Christmas. I've been doing this for probably 20+ years, and it is something I so look forward to.

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  14. I always enjoy seeing your wonderful knitting projects! Do you have a favorite hat pattern? I have a number of holiday projects in the works, mostly GK stuff. I've also tried to put aside a few things during the year.

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