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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