First off, thanks for all the owly love! I seriously cannot wait to try the sweater on Maggie (but I must wait since I wrapped it already). For anyone interested in some other cute hooter knit wear, Merete and Malin pointed me to two other designs. Thanks, gals!
Here’s something that may not be news: I am an idiot. I keep clicking to my blog and looking at the owl sweater picture, or going to my flickr page…with Maggie on my lap at the computer. The other day I was looking at this picture:
Maggie got all quiet and her eyes widened, and then I remembered it’s supposed to be a surprise! I think it was just a thumb nail version of the pic, so maybe she didn’t put it all together. Somewhere in her 21-month-old brain, she knows that her doll was wearing a sweater, sitting on the picnic table in her backyard. I am an idiot.
At first, I thought that the owl sweater would be the only hand knit gift of the season. But then I got all sorts of plans in my brain about clothes for Sweet Cheeks and mittens for Jerry. Secret knitting commenced.
Besides the frock pictured above, Sweet Cheeks also has pants. Tight pants, but luckily she won’t get any bigger. My scribbled notes in my knitting journal read something like this: “cascade 220 on US 6, 5sts/inch, gauge questionable.” I checked my gauge, but apparently the swatch lied. So tight pants it is. The last thing I need to do for Sweet Cheeks is make a hat. It will likely have large pompoms.
Jerry is getting some mittens with a pirate design on them, at his request. Mitten number one is complete, mitten number two is half finished.
I’m confident that these last minute things will all be ready for Christmas morning. I’m trying to remain calm and composed. Will it work out if I keep saying it?