Catching up on the Christmas gift knitting…
My youngest brother, in August, sent me this text: Want you to knit me a Christmas present. Ask next time you see me.
I, thinking it was from someone else (a knitting friend named Erika, my brother’s name being Eric and I being too lazy to read the “sent from” properly), thought it was a funny text and ignored it. Then I came across it while looking for a different text and realized who it was actually from. I got really excited and texted Eric that very minute about it. He…neglected to respond. I finally managed to get an answer from him by calling my parents while he had stopped in to visit (Finnegan, of course, not my parents). He wanted….
I tried to get some more specifics out of him, which was harder than trying to spit-splice bamboo, and at last got three essential pieces of information: Grey, beanie-esque, no brim. And so with that I had to roll. This is about mid-October. Plenty of time until Christmas, right? Yep.
Since he asked for a hat, I, naturally, started looking at sweater patterns. I had 10 skeins of Berocco Vintage in Cracked Pepper in my stash – plenty for a sweater and a hat. In early November, I settled on Brownstone by Jared Flood. Mostly stockinette stitch, with a nice shawl collar. I got through the body, up to the sleeve join, in 3 days, using the Cubix needles (they are square). Then I realized that I did not have matching DPNs to knit the sleeves, so I put the project on hold while I waited for the needles to arrive. Fast forward to early December. I drove up to Indiana for my great-grandmother’s funeral, planning to stay through Christmas, so I had to pack ALL the knitting I needed for the next three weeks. I put off working on the sweater, decided on a hat pattern the day before I left and then didn’t feel like knitting for a week.
Once I got started on the sleeves, they went pretty quickly (and, yeah, I ended up working on them in front of Eric, but I told everyone I was knitting a sweater for myself) then the yoke and finally the collar…which I finished up mid-morning on Christmas Eve. Then I remembered I still needed to knit the stinking hat.
I steam-blocked that while the rest of the family was at Mass Christmas morning. But all ends were woven in and everything was wrapped up in time for gift-giving.
He reluctantly let me take a picture later that afternoon.
Both fit perfectly…which I was very pleased about. Knitting for a brother who has not requested one of the knit items is pretty risky.
Yarn: Berocco Vintage Worsted in Cracked Pepper
Mods: I moved the neck opening of the sweater to be higher (level with the bottom of the armscye) and left off the toggles. My gauge was also just a tiny bit tighter, which was okay, because Eric is pretty thin and the smallest size still had a TON of ease built into it.
I haven’t heard if he’s actually worn either item when I’ve not been around to witness it, so… I’m hoping that he wears them when I’m not there to placate.