Gift Knitting Sucks

Okay, so it doesn’t really suck. I actually really like gift knitting. I love when ideas and yarn and pattern just click, and something cool starts emerging from the needles. I love the anticipation of finishing it and sending it off, hoping that the recipient will love it. The thing that sucks about it is that I have a project going right now that I’m really excited about it but I can’t blog about it without spoiling the surprise. I’m bottling up all my thoughts about it so after all is said and done, I can share all the details here.

In the meantime, I’m slogging away at my Clapotis. If I made this again (which I very well might) I would choose a different yarn for sure. The texture and drape of the Plymouth DK Merino Superwash is nice, and I like the color, but it has very low twist to it which makes it kind of splitty. As a result, the yarn in the dropped stitch columns just doesn’t look quite as neat as I would like. But, overall it’s pretty minor, so I think the finished product will be good. The knitting is getting a little boring but it’s at least going pretty quickly.

I haven’t blocked my Drachenfels yet but I’ve been wearing it anyway. Not surprisingly, I love it! I’ve gotten a handful of compliments on it already. The weather just turned a little cooler a few days ago so it’s been perfect for the chilly mornings. I realized that I never finished weaving in the ends of the wifey’s Quicksilver, so I’ve started working on that. I want to get that finished and blocked soon so that she can get some use out of it! I’m about halfway done. It’s super tedious.

IMG_3953Somebody thinks he’s helping:

IMG_3957 IMG_3956That one is not usually a lap cat, so that was a nice treat. Shockingly, he only chased the yarn once or twice.

Here’s what I have in mind for my next few projects:

image_medium1Fun, right?



  1. Kepanie · September 27, 2015

    How lovely to knit for a spouse who appreciates it. You have some great holiday knitting planned. I’m jealous you’ll be embarking upon Hermione socks soon! I have dropped over everyone’s for ages. Do be vocal about Berroco sock yarn. I’ve never tried it before.

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  2. Tamera L · September 27, 2015

    Ah, helpful kitties… His look says, “See how cuuuuuute I am when I do all the helping?!”

    Can’t wait to see your Passport Mitts. Which yarn have you chosen?

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    • alexand knits · September 27, 2015

      I’m going to use Classic Elite Inca Alpaca in navy blue. I think it’ll be perfect!


  3. wolfberryknits · September 27, 2015

    Secret knitting is the worst! I have the same thing going on so it looks like I’ve done bugger all for a fortnight! Urgh. But then of course you also get the opposite when the date has passed…look at ALL THIS KNITTING I just whipped up this week! 🙂

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  4. Andrea @ This Knitted Life · September 28, 2015

    Gift knitting is a lot of pressure. And saying goodbye to nice gifts can be bittersweet.

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    • alexand knits · September 28, 2015

      Yeah…it’s hard. It’s easier if I know the thing will be loved, but sometimes it’s really hard to predict someone’s tastes. I cast off my secret project last night and I’m suddenly having doubts. The sizing isn’t quite what I thought it would be so I’m hoping it will be okay. The magic of blocking, right?


  5. yarnsneak · September 29, 2015

    I definitely enjoy knitting for others, provided that they have been deemed “knit-worthy”. It sucks when you work really hard on a project, and then they don’t appreciate it.

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    • alexand knits · September 29, 2015

      Definitely true. I always have to gauge whether someone can handle natural fibers/hand washing stuff or not, then adjust accordingly. I tend not to waste time knitting for someone who won’t understand the work and caring that goes into it,

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