Holiday Knitting

In my mind, there are two kinds of holiday knitters—those who look forward to this time as a way to show others that they are loved by knitting gifts for them, and those who look forward to this as a time to relax and knit in a leisurely manner. I consider myself to be firmly in that second camp, primarily because most of my family lives in a warm climate (as in, approximately 40° warmer than Colorado is right now) and does not need knitted anything. In the past, when I have knit gifts for my family members, those gifts have been received with appreciation and love and I felt good about gifting them, but I know they are rarely used and I certainly can't blame them for not wanting to die of heat exhaustion.

I was thinking about Allison and her sweater knitting progress and the fact that our offices are closed this week. If I were her, I'd be looking forward to this week off as a time to knock out a good amount of the Vera Cardigan. (Me, I'm working on a pair of socks. And possibly a hat.) So while we're all digesting holiday meals while knitting, or planning ahead to next year's gift-knitting extravaganza, here's a bit of Allison's progress.

She finally hit a bit of a snag in the decrease section—an easily fixable mistake in the form of not knitting quite enough decrease rows. While still creating an amazing first sweater, she has proven she is human and not a knitting goddess in disguise.

I asked Allison if she saw herself knitting gifts in the future or using the time off as a chance to concentrate on gifts for herself. She thinks she'll probably be a gift knitter in the future, as she loves receiving handmade gifts and would love to give them as well.

What about you? Do you plan holiday gift knitting into your yearly schedule? What's your favorite knit to gift?

Hope you all are having a delightful holiday season. We'll see you again in 2012!

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