It’s Christmas time again and this year I had not one but 2 babies to knit for, bake cookies for, and generally enjoy the holiday season with. There is nothing better than wrapping your little one up in wool and heading out into the cold to see some festive lights, knowing that the only things that will be cold are their little noses.
Hunter demands ‘Mo mo yites’ and has some serious love for ‘nanta!’. To those of you who don’t speak toddler, that means she wants more lights and has been talking non-stop about Santa for a month. Jones mostly sits back and takes it all in. He was mesmerized on the Stanley Park train!
There is something magical about knitting for babies. The actual knitting goes so quickly and they really don’t have a choice in whether they where it or not! Hunter enjoys a large knitted wardrobe as our prime model (it’s one of the perks!) so I had a lot of items to choose from. To sit on Santa’s lap I knew she would be decked out in her Snowflake sweater but Jones has only modeled for us nude (it’s his little bum on our Drift blanket) so I got to knit him up something new!
Gramps has long been one of my favorite TCK patterns. It was the first design Emily and I really hashed out together and I will never forget the photoshoot with Gary and Hunter in the woods. A worsted weight sweater, it knits up in a flash and I got to knit this one while teaching a Gramps sweater class at Black Sheep Yarns. The Cable me Softly booties were really a necessity as baby socks kept falling off and I lost one of Jones’ other booties. It seemed natural that they would match, especially when I found 1/2 a ball of Madelinetosh DK in tart in the stash!
This holiday season I actually managed to stay (mostly) sane. It’s Christmas eve and all the presents are wrapped, the stockings are hung, I gifted homemade jam to my neighbours and there is a fridge full of baking, ready for each party we go to. Could life be any better?
Aside from knitting for the kids I always do a little knitting for others. My aunt and I have a traditional exchange of knitting for pottery. I packed up 8 hats this year (her family has grown since we started), 3 Bon Bons and 5 Tall Dark and Handsomes!
We, here at Tin Can Knits, hope you have a wonderful holiday season, full of family, friends, and fun. And knitting, we can’t forget the knitting! Sit back and relax tonight and enjoy tomorrow.
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December 24, 2014 @ 9:18 am
[…] especially for their epic Santa pics, you can see Hunter and Jones’ first Santa pic together here, and this it the one from last […]
December 30, 2012 @ 6:11 am
I am just finished with the body of Gramps. Thank you so much for the free pattern. Now to decide which pattern to buy next.
December 28, 2012 @ 12:45 pm
Thaks for the gift I get the DRIFT-TINCANKNITS. Sorry for my bad English, I speak spanish. Merry christmas for you and your family and a Happy New Year
December 28, 2012 @ 9:58 am
Congratulations on balancing family and work and design and life! Looking forward to watching TinCan Knits grow in 2013.
December 30, 2012 @ 12:27 am
I’m not sure if I’m quite balancing it all yet, but I’m getting there!
December 27, 2012 @ 12:45 pm
I was sent to your blog by a friend and I just love it. I downlaoded a pattern that you offerred with the coupon code. (snowflake). Can’t wait to start and I didn’t realize that I also have your snowflake shawl pattern that is about 3/4 finished. Now I’m movitated to get going on it.
Thanks for your generosity.
December 26, 2012 @ 8:10 pm
Hi, Thanks for trying to give a free pattern, website not letting me click on ”to buy””the little block of space with the $6.00 in it is stuck on the bottom of the page, and won’t move. Sorry I could not send this thru gmail, to your addy..Just found your site, and decided to try the Urban Hiker….to see if I could follow it….You have some really cute patterns..Thanks anyway….
December 30, 2012 @ 12:27 am
hi sharon, are you still having trouble? To order your free pattern click the ‘buy now’ button. The ‘coupon code’ link is right beside the ‘buy now’ button. Enter ‘sharethelove’ and the pattern will be free!
Opal @ Playing with Fiber
December 26, 2012 @ 2:41 pm
Your children are beautiful, and so are your designs. Hats are one of my favorite quick projects to knit. Well… some hats can be quite elaborate depending on what you’re making.
I’ve made homemade jam, butters, and jellies for my neighbors and friends. I even (occasionally) toss in homemade soap. I found you via a Ravelry forum, the poster mentioned your pattern give away. I selected a free pattern, and will be purchasing more.Thanks so much for that! I’m so happy I saw that post, it’s my first time learning about tin can knits lovely designs.
Here’s hoping you and your loved ones have a wonderful Christmas holiday, and a fabulous New Year!
December 26, 2012 @ 7:16 am
Merry Christmas!! I made a ton of your hats this year from my brood too!
December 24, 2012 @ 4:16 pm
Happy HoHoHo to you and you families! Thanks for all the inspirational post and tutorial and you gorgeous patterns, of course!
December 24, 2012 @ 4:04 pm
Merry Christmas to you and your families!