I know a lot of people eschew holiday knitting because it seems like a recipe for disaster but I can't help myself. I love knitting for friends and family so I through caution to the wind and jump in. This year I've been so busy with the new business I got a very late start. On my list was a vest for my dad, a sweater for my mom, and a sweater for my step-dad.
I decided, with the help of my mom, on Cobblestone for my step-dad using Rowan's discontinued Magpie in a grey they call 'Tranquil.' This was the only one I was able to finish by Christmas day. I didn't weave in the ends or block the sweater by Christmas Day because I wanted to have my step-father try it on before it was a pain to have undo if needed. Thankfully, that won't be necessary since it fits him well. Its been hard to get a good picture of this sweater. I'll try again after I block it. (Yes, I still haven't blocked it!)
My dad requested a chartreuse vest with orange trim which I just managed to finish Monday morning after pulling a unintentional semi-all-nighter. I accidentally stayed up until 5:30am finishing this vest. I didn't start doing the head bob until about 5am. I had no idea what time it was until I got up to go to bed. Again, I didn't weave in the ends or block it before having my dad try it on. It fits, looks great, and he's thrilled with it. Nope, it's not blocked either.
For my mom I am working on Arianne (mom, don't click!) for my mom but I am only up to just under the armholes. This sweater has the greatest potential for not fitting since I am using the Elsebeth Lavold's Cotton Patine that my mom picked out and rather than knitting the yarn to the gauge of the pattern I am knitting it tighter since it is cotton and will grow. No picture since my mom hasn't seen the sweater yet.
All in all, I'm pleased with my holiday knitting since so far two out of three have been successful. It doesn't bug me that I didn't get them all done by Christmas. Now I just have to be sure that I don't dawdle on really getting them done!