Let me tell you a little Christmas knitting story with all kinds of ups and downs. Many years ago (erm…30+?) I bought this putty colored superwash wool. I was going to knit a sweater for myself (yay!), and started doing so and got to the armpits and screeched to a halt (boo ).
There it sat for 30 years while I obtained a graduate degree, got married, had kids, made a career (yay!), got divorced (boo, but actually yay!). The whole time, through many moves and all of the new circumstances, I hauled that half finished sweater around and all of the unused skeins.
It was too nice a yarn to discard, and I had a LOT of it so finally I frogged it and washed the used yarn (yay!). But no inspiration appeared (boo) until I decided to knit it all up as a car and camping blanket for my now grown son (yay!) for Christmas. Well.. that sucker became The Blanket That Never Ends and took FOREVER (boo!!). I swear, I knit and knit and knit on that dang thing until I was blue in the face. (PLEASE remind me not to make afghans as Christmas presents in the future).
Today, however, I bound that sucker off, and played some serious and very stressful Yarn Chicken (my NOT favorite game), and lost (boo). Tears! Rending of Clothes! Moaning! Sackcloth and Ashes! Until…I desperately searched the yarn bin and came up with the original gauge swatch (HUZZAH!) and used that to finish that dang thing.
Now to wash and block and this present is DONE. Whew. What a roller coaster ride. Now to finish some Christmas socks.
Merry Christmas everyone! If you’re still knitting, may your fingers be swift and sure and all of your recipients be knit worthy to the extreme.