Santa delivered this year.
These sweaters were shipped out around the world for Christmas.
The idea of making sweaters for my daughters, was born sometime late summer. I figured I’d have plenty of time completing them well before Christmas.
I am a procrastinator, hence I started too late.
I got started on the first one in early November. The last of the four was sent out 2 weeks after Christmas. I’d say that’s still quite efficient production time.
I’ve made one with the same pattern before (see “Sweating over a sweater” post) so I had a pretty good idea how long it would take. Not surprisingly, each of these took a lot less time. In fact the last one took about half the time of the first one.
I made a few changes to the pattern, each one a bit different.
For my very first one I used Drops Air yarn. I was disappointed with the quality of that yarn so this time I chose Sandnes Alpaca. Quite the price difference, but you get what you pay for.
I’ve also been trying the new Prym’s ergonomics needles with a drop-shaped point. These has a very different feel than traditional metal or wood needles. I kinda like them. However, about halfway through the fourth sweater while being in “the zone” and with stitches flying at max speed, I realised something was happening.
A few seconds later my knitting came to a screeching halt. One of the drop-shaped tips broke and fell off. I actually think speed might have been a contributing factor. The needles were in fact warm and the synthetic material felt soft. I wrote Prym an email and was asked to send them the broken needles. They promised me a new set, let’s see if they deliver.
Making these sweaters for each of my daughters, was at the same time a walk down memory lane. With every stitch I was reminiscing and remembering, their firsts of everything. Cries and laughs, bumps and bruises, disappointments and achievements. First step, no training wheels, first and last day of school. Growing into adults, building their own nests, finding their place.
Memories of love and joy!
I am proud of the results with these sweaters. But, even more so I am extremely proud and Thankful for what these young ladies have become.
Each beautiful, independent and remarkable individuals.
I am blessed.