‘Tis The Season

To start thinking about Christmas knitting!  Can you believe there is only 93 days until the holiday?

Late last week, I cast on what will likely be my largest gift.  I won’t post too much here in case the person I’m making it for somehow stumbles upon this site (very much doubt they will, but one never knows).  Once it’s finished, gifted, and worn by the recipient, I’ll post pictures, because even at a few inches knit, I’m very happy with its progress.

Making this item, I wanted to make sure that it was done right.  This meant knitting a gauge swatch.  Have I lamented about how much I hate gauge swatching on this blog yet?  You know, I don’t remember either, so here it comes: I HATE making a gauge swatch.  I know that I’m a product driven knitter, so knitting a square for the sake of knitting a square is so insanely DULL to me!  Can I let you in on a little secret?  I cheat when I make my gauge swatches.  More often then not, I cast on about half of what they recommend, and I knit about half the rows I’m supposed to, check my tension, then rip back and cast on for real.  Yes, I know, I know, this is not how it’s done… At least when I knit the swatch for this latest WIP, I cast on MORE stitches then recommended and got the desired 4 inches wide, and well, old habits died hard when it came to knitting the rows… sigh.

My cheater’s gauge swatch

I’m working diligently on this gift, and I have another item on my needles that will also be gifted, so once again, no pictures of that WIP.  I have a feeling holiday knitting will be keeping me busy for quite some time!

Have you started your holiday knitting yet?

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6 thoughts on “‘Tis The Season”

  1. You just made my morning. 93 days?! That’s fantastic, I love Christmas! I’m sure the person who will be receiving your mystery knitting gift will love it. Making a gauge swatch does sound a bit tedious. I don’t blame you for cutting corners with that!

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  2. Ahah 🙂 sounds like me and my swatchs, it took me years before I even did ONE… Not mentioning of course I tend to do the same. The only exception was when I really got worried about the size of a vest, then I did the proper swatch. Seems I although got back to old habits with the last pair of socks (common it’s socks!) 😉

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