Once upon a time, there was a knitter whose niece had a little baby boy, born on Cinco de Mayo. The knitter wanted to knit something for her new great-nephew, but a couple of things held her back: 1) the baby lived in San Francisco, so really heavy duty items like sweaters were not totally necessary, and 2) this niece did not say "thank you," "drop dead," or even "UGLY" when she was sent a pair of hand knit socks for Christmas a few years ago. However, the knitter had always made something for any new babies in the family, ever since she had learned to knit. So she thought about making one thing, then something else, another thing, a failed project. Finally she just gave up.
But as Christmastime arrived, and she wasn't knitting any other gifts, she started to rethink the whole thing. She found a pattern that she liked, and could use some yarn that she already had, and figured, what the heck, one more try couldn't hurt, right?
A week later, she had finished the knitting, and it was actually pretty CUTE! Sure, she had to fiddle a little bit with the pattern, which was challenging for her, but her calculations worked (a Christmas miracle in and of itself), and that was encouraging as well. Hopefully, the gift will fit the recipient. And maybe she'll never know, and maybe the parents will hate it. But the knitter decided that she wouldn't care what happened once the gift was given, because then it was all out of her hands.
And so, I give you the finished item:
and a closeup of the owls that go across the front:
Project: Owls for Parker
Yarn: Berrocco Vintage Colors, colorway 5220 (1 skein and a teeny bit of another)
Needles: US4, US5, US6
Modifications: When I was starting the rows above the owls that turn into the sleeves, I noticed that the owl on the left (as you are looking at it) would be under the left arm, when following the pattern as written. It looked weird, so I ripped it out and redid it, after fooling with some numbers. (These details will appear soon on my Ravelry project page for this item.) I was pleased and surprised when it worked, and the finished piece looked so cute!
Other comments: I can recommend this pattern. It's easy, quick, and the result is just adorable!
Today is 12-12-12! How cool is that? Did you know it is the last symmetrical date we will see in our lifetimes? I hope you will do/did something special or treated yourself to mark the day. Being "numerically aware" (as my niece referred to me), I couldn't let the day pass without noting it!
If you have read this blog for more than three seconds at any given time, you know that I love holidays in general, and Christmastime in particular. And this year, more than others, I'm really tired of the Scrooges who are everywhere: in person, in print, on Facebook and Twitter.
The latest is the discussion of Christmas carols. Granted, I have ones that drive me nuts, or that I think are wrong (i.e., "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer," "Dominic the Donkey), but I ignore them when I can, and sigh loudly when I can't. And a lot of people don't like any Christmas song that isn't a hymn, which I can understand, but find to be personally limiting.
However, I MUST take exception with two discussions that I have come across recently that in my opinion are completely ridiculous. Apparently, for years, we've all been listening to the song "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and not realizing that it is all about date rape. And, the song, "Santa Baby"? Well, that's about prostitution.
REALLY? Give me a break, people! Why can't they just be amusing or silly holiday songs? Every single thing in the world does not lead to some morally questionable result. At least not in my world. I just feel like these people need a sense of humor, you know?
In the meantime, there are now only THIRTEEN DAYS left until Christmas Day, and I sincerely hope that you will do everything within your power to enjoy them, and the rest of Christmastime that follows.
And now? I'm finally signing off ... :-)