NOTE TO MY LOVELY FAMILY: Stop reading this entry if you want any surprises this Christmas!
I really like knowing how to make things for myself. I like understanding different aspects of gardening and composting, canning and cooking fresh greens from the backyard, and caring for our various ridiculous menagerie of animals.
I feel like knitting is an extreme example of that (and probably a little bit decadent, too, in terms of time, cost of materials, etc., but also something you could actually do if you had the know-how, lived on a mountainside with no power, surrounded by sheep).
I wonder, though, if people truly understand the time (and cash) investment that goes into a typical knitted item. Way back when, I tried to make a profit off knitting. Maybe it’s possible, but for the things I was knitting, even with buying yarn in bulk off Ebay, and for the cost I was able to charge, it came out to about $1.50/hour wage.
So now I only knit for people I love. And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing this fall! I still have about twice this many projects planned out, but, hey, I’ve got another month or so. PLENTY of time.
For newest nephew Zachary, I give you… SQUAREY!
For nephew Benjamin… an OWL!
Also for Ben… a SNAKE!
A special hat for my mama:
Cable sampler cowl for my sis-in-law Sarah:
Amazing slippers, also for my sis-in-law (really, they are so squishy and comfy, I need a pair of my own):
And a ridiculously large pair of slippers for my daddio.
The Christmas knitting will continue. I still have so much to do! Another pair of slippers, a scarf, mittens, maybe a wee Linus blankie for my sweetest little nephew… oh, and probably something fun for my pub knitting friends!
Criminy. What am I doing here? I need to stop typing and get back to the knitting!