December 12, 2013
I do believe this is the first year where I’ve had all of my Christmas gifts prepared well enough in advance to sit back, relax, and enjoy other non-holiday-related happenings. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of finishing touches that need doing, but for once I don’t feel rushed and anxious, which is especially nice due to the fact that I’ve spent the last day and a half sick in bed. Why does everyone seem to get sick right smack-dab in the middle of the holiday season?
Over the weekend, I made my dad a Hat Shaped Hat for his birthday with a ball of yarn I already had in my stash. I originally bought the yarn for something else entirely, but too much time has passed since then to recall. In any case, I thought it would work perfectly for a masculine hat because it's full of browns and neutrals.
Shortly after I finished my dad’s hat, my Knit Picks yarn order arrived. I placed the order during their Black Friday sale because there was a specific colorway I needed for an upcoming project. So, while I was at it, I decided to purchase another three project’s worth of yarn so I could hit the $50 free-shipping requirement. I think ordering yarn this way is the most effective method for me because once I’ve planned out which projects I want to knit, I can just chop away at it, one after the other, without having to spend too much time figuring out the details. I can literally spend hours and hours choosing between colors and fibers.
As for my current project, the Shapely Boyfriend cardigan, I finally chose a needle size based on my swatches. The Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed yarn that I’m using is light compared to most worsted weight yarns I’ve worked with in the past, so I’ve decided to go up a needle size. Still, despite the compensation, my gauge is off, so I’m knitting the next pattern size. Hopefully the math works out, but if not, I’ll just rip back and start all over again. I usually have to do this once or twice per project anyway, so it doesn’t really bother me anymore.