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It is a good thing I'm not knitting for Christmas

I've been making a lot of baby stuff and neglecting Christmas knitting. But I kind of decided not to do a lot of Christmas knitting anymore last year. Some of my family members don't appreciate the knitted stuff too much. Still stuck in that, "why did you make me socks, I can buy them at Target?" kind of mindset. That and I think some of them may think it is my way of saving money so the gift is actually my way of being cheap.

If they only knew.

But how could they possible know? These family members haven't been hauled off to yarn stores and seen the cost of yarns and especially the yarn I tend to buy.

Must. have. cashmere. alpaca. merino. blend!

I know some people just aren't aware of the expense and love that goes into making a gift so I'm not going to worry about it. I just focus on knitting for those that do appreciate what goes into this work and give the others something they will like.

Hey, more knitted stuff for me.

Anyway, so I'm getting a little bundle off today to a baby. I like to send more than this. A little kimono sweater and a pumpkin hat. The kimono sweater is a Debbie Bliss pattern I love done out of Cashmerino Aran. Heavenly fabric. The pumpkin hat is a pattern I found free online and done out of Cascade 220.

kimono sweater

pumpkin hat

I did trim the ribbon on the kimono sweater and I wish I had stretched out the pumpkin hat a little so you could see the purl lines running down and making it look more pumpkiny.

I'm did a baby blanket. Just a simple diagonal done in LB Homespun but I just hated the border. In fact I ripped out and re-did the border twice and still hate it. So I pulled some fun colored wool and mohair out of the stash and I'm making the Big Bad Baby Blanket out of Stitch & Bitch. I like this one. It will be a keeper and get sent off to this baby soon I hope. I just have to get that pumpkin hat off NOW!

Then I have two other babies coming in the first couple of weeks of December so they need goodies. And these are both the second child so I feel bad not making anything for the first child (more dinosaurs maybe?)

Maybe I can get to what little Christmas knitting I have in February?