I just can't stand the stores during the holidays so it's either handmade or shopped online.
I laughed and laughed though when I saw this label on Meg's blog:
I am working on exactly that kind of project now, a sweater for one of my sons. I am about 10% of the knitter I am as a sewer and I made the mistake of thinking I could actually make this:
I have knit sweaters for the other kids and it was my NYC son's turn.I got it in my head that since the designer was in Brooklyn and young it would be something he would wear. Yes, I know.
Like a lot of young knitter designer patterns it has more emphasis on structural knitting - short row shaping and I cord and fashionable techniques than traditional patterns. What I call mathematical knitting, based on my personal observation that a lot of good knitters are good at math, which I am not.
Getting this thing wrestled to the ground has involved as much ripping out as knitting and hours on Raverly and iTunes watching fast videos made by people who actually know what they are doing.
The sleeves have just about done me in.
Since the whole thing is knit in the round (good thing I hate sewing up knitting - those yarn seams just don't look sturdy enough to the sewer in me) you have to pick up the stitches for the sleeves and knit those on double pointed needles.
In my case this has involved knitting on 5 needles and every time I come to turn a short row (took me the first sleeve to figure that out) I sort of haul the whole unit around and slide half the stitches off one of the needles, put those back on the needle and try again.
Every once in a while I stop and check on things and if you were here next to my Lazy-Boy you would be hearing a lot of "What the hell?"
I admit those sleeves are going to involve some hole darning to get them to look like sleeves, and the underarms look sort of like Rascal knit them.
By the way here are some pictures of my assistant elves obviously exhausted by all they have been doing to decorate the house and get things ready:
Matching dog beds I hope you notice.
I should have sleeve two done today and then I will spend some rescue time with a needle and wool and put in the zipper.
The thing is I actually have learned a lot of new techniques making this and if I made another one now it would be fine.
Maybe I need another label that says- "The next one will be better."
Once this is done I have only some sewing to finish and this morning that looks like a piece of cake then I think I am due to be a Lazy-Boy myself.