I’m Trying to Cover my Entire Family in Knitwear.

What am I doing?

I feel like I mostly have been updating the blog lately with finished things. Finished things are always nice, and you get that lovely warm glow of a completed item, but that’s not enough blogging for me! Especially since I’ve been doing a lot of crafty things lately, and plotting even more! And I need to tell you all about them!

Alright, I know some of my family members read this blog, but Nana, Grandpa, Uncle Graham, Aunt Elisabeth, Aunt Chantal, and Uncle Matt, STOP READING HERE. I like things to be surprises.

I knit a lot of stuff for my family and friends. Honestly, a lot more of my time goes to knitting for them than knitting for myself. For me, knitting is a great way to show love. It is basically a physical vessel for your time, and I think that makes the gifts I give people very special and meaningful. I’ve got a lot of stuff going right now for my family. (Some is even complete, but not yet given so I can’t show pictures.) I knitted my Aunt Elisabeth a really cute kerchief for Christmas, but I haven’t seen her or my Uncle Graham since, so I still have those! I don’t mail handmade stuff unless I really, absolutely have to. It gives me the heebie-jeebies like you would not believe. My Uncle Graham scored a pair of cabled mittens, because not only does he live here in Massachusetts where it is absolutely freezing, he travels a lot to Russia where it is considerably colder. He also just had a birthday, so I’m whipping up a matching hat to go with. He is a Harvard professor and a very smart man, and I think that they will definitely work with his elegant, scholarly style. So whenever we finally have lunch again, I’ll give him his stuff! Those things are all basically finished, and they will be photographed and blogged in the fullness of time (i.e. after they are delivered) But I’ve got even more stuff coming down the pipeline!

Project number 1: The triple-generational shawls.

So this has been in the works for a good long while. Many years ago, my Nana gave me some laceweight alpaca from a farm right next to their ranch in Colorado. I’ve been saving it for something special, and last summer I realized what that was. I decided to make shawls for her, my mom, and me, so we could all match! (different patterns though, because the yarn is black, and knitting three identical black laceweight shawls would put me in the nut house for sure.) I gave my mom hers last Christmas, and I knew my Nana was going to get hers next, but I couldn’t decide on a pattern. However, I finally figured it out, and she will be getting an Indian Feathers shawl! I think the pattern will be lovely with the slight halo of the alpaca.

Project Number 2: socks for Grandpa.

My grandparents live out in Colorado, up in the mountains, and it gets quite chilly during the winters. They do a lot of walking and are very active, and I’ve been feeling for a while that my grandpa needed some nice socks to keep his feet cozy. I scored some really nice merino/cashmere/nylon sock yarn on sale, so I’m getting ready to start those next! I think I’ll just do plain vanilla socks, and they’ll be nice and cushy on his feet. They will be my handbag project when I’m done with my Uncle Graham’s hat.

Project Clusterbomb: All the baby things!

I just recently found out that my Aunt Chantal is preggers with her seventh baby. Yup, lucky number seven, and she’s due in September. And I was thinking that after having that many kids, you don’t really need a lot of new stuff for another baby, because you have all the necessities at least. However, since that’s the case, the baby doesn’t get as much cute, special stuff as the earlier kids, and so my plan was born. I will knit a gorgeous, heirloom-quality baby layette for this little baby. There will be angora. It will be soft and fuzzy and cute as all get out. However, since that sort of thing doesn’t necessarily get used all the time, I extended my plan. There will be another sweater, and it will be red and cream fair isle. There will probably be reindeer on it. It will be perfectly practical for a baby who lives in a secluded mountain valley in Colorado. There will also possibly be a hat. And bootees. (if I can’t control myself.) There will be no way that this baby will come into the world feeling anything less than smothered in knitted love. I will elaborate more upon this plan once the yarn arrives and I can make you all envious. (Side note: my mom and I have a great thing going. She buys the yarn, I knit it, and the presents that result are from both of us. Clever, right??)

That’s what I’m doing right now! Do you knit mostly for other people or yourself?

P.S. There’s still time to vote on my next spinning project! The poll is in the last post 🙂



  1. Genius! I need to figure out how to get my Mom to buy yarn…I am in awe. Also, can’t wait to be jealous of all the knitted baby love. 🙂

  2. Lolly, I loved the title to this post. It was just the right goofy grin I needed this morning! Anyhow, I love how thoughtful and heartfelt all of your projects are. I can’t wait to see some photos as you distribute and/or progress. I am usually one to knit for the sake of knitting. Even if I don’t have “someone” I want to gift. I see something I want to try and if I’m feeling skillful enough or up to the task, I will try. However I just finished a shawl that while I was casting off I said, “THIS one, is for me!” and I’ve worn it 2 days straight 🙂 Happy Knitting Lolly!

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