I am feeling very proud of myself - last weekend, I finished the last of the "official" gift knits for this year. What, you may ask is an "official" gift knit? Well, that is a gift knit that you planned in advance for a specific date - in this case, Christmas - and finished and is ready to gift.
Here they are - finished, with all of the ends woven in as of Sunday, November 24, which I might point out is a full month before they needed to be ready. This is a new record for me. Granted, in the past, I have put aside knitting for The Tim until the very last minute, so finishing and weaving in ends late on Christmas Eve and then hurrying to wrap the gift has in fact happened.
But not this year.
Project: Christmas Vacation Socks
Pattern: Generic Vanilla Sock pattern in my brain
Needles: US size 1
Yarn: Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso, in the "Oh Clark!" colorway
Notes: As I mentioned here once before, our family has a ridiculous and wonderful connection to the National Lampoon movies, especially the Christmas Vacation one. So when I saw the name of this colorway, I decided to break my no-buy and get the yarn to make socks for The Tim. These were fun to knit, watching the stripes and speckles show up. They went quickly since there was no real pattern to concentrate on, so I was able to work on them while watching TV, or listening to music, watching a podcast, etc. I also worked on these while The Tim was around, and I am 99% sure that he will nonetheless be compeletely surprised with them on Christmas morning. :-)
The only concern I have is that this yarn seems like it might not be too sturdy. I hope I'm wrong, but I just got that feeling while I was knitting. It didn't give me problems while knitting, it just didn't feel like a lot of other sock yarns. We'll see.
Now, my big decision is whether or not I want to start any other quick projects and still call them potential gifts. I am seriously considering starting something and not calling it a gift, or calling it a gift for myself. We'll see. I also want to cast on 1,000 things, so I just really need to narrow it all down and start something and just enjoy the knitting. That's the whole reason for doing it in the first place anway, right?