Christmas knitting

Having been cruelly reminded that there are only 6 1/2 weeks to go before Christmas, I’ve got my act together with regard to what gifts I would like to knit this year.

I announced to my family a couple of months ago that this year there would be NO Christmas knitting, and that from now on I would ONLY be knitting things for myself. Call me a sucker, but I was really touched to discover how much it means to them to have something made by me on Christmas day. So, I have made some plans, and this is what I am going to make. None of these gifts are going to be surprises, as I will need to make them while my family are there.

For Alex: A pair of Space Invader fingerless gloves. Alex loved the BMP sock pattern when it came out and, although I had intended to, I never got around to making him any. This year he has asked for some fingerless gloves, and I came across this fabulous pair by Turtlegirl, combining the Knucks gloves and BMP socks patterns. Pure genius! The photo above is of Alex trying on the fingers for size.

For Will: A pair of black and white polka dot socks, based on the Heart Crook (Ravelry link) pattern in More Sensational Knitted Socks. This is his idea for a design.

For Steve: A pair of Having Hope socks in this delicious Malabrigo Sock yarn.

I’ve also had some really good news about my Bacall shrug, which I can reveal in the full confidence that my mother doesn’t read my blog. She came round this week and saw it hanging up in the hall (where I had left it after photographing it the other day) and immediately fell in love with it.

In a rare display of quick thinking, I casually mentioned that I had put it there to see whether she might like it for Christmas. I have always refused to make her a cardigan in the past, partly because I am reluctant to make larger items for anyone other than myself, and partly because I find it hard to imagine her being happy with whatever I made for her.

She was thrilled and, being shorter than me, the shrug fitted her perfectly. So, it has not only found a home, but has also answered the question of what to give my mother for Christmas. Result!

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