I have received many requests for a pattern for the Playground Mittens. As it is more a modification than an actual pattern, I'll write up a simple tutorial over the next several days. It's a good thing, as there is a bit of Christmas knitting going on in the northern neck of the XRK woods, and the recipient(s) read this blog.
Thanks for all the wonderful feedback on the Malabrigo sweater. Truly, it knitted itself and I love love love it. I have also gotten a few requests for how I modified the sweater. I tried to e-mail individuals who asked, but I can do a more detailed post if readers would like one. Leave a comment and let me know.
These tiny sweaters are for my nephews. Mr. S's brother and family live in San Diego, and we just don't get to see them as much as we'd like. My SIL and I decided last year that instead of adding yet another toy under the tree, we would try to establish a holiday tradition that would forge a connection between the two families, despite the distance.
She and I have started ornament collections for each child. Each year, the cousins exchange special ornaments, and when they are all grown up, they'll get their box of ornaments for their first Christmas trees of their own. And they'll know that each and every ornament was specially chosen or made just for them by their aunt, uncle and cousins.
We did spend this Thanksgiving with them, and I had the pleasure of teaching my SIL how to knit. She is an experienced crochet-er, but wanted to try her hand at knitting. She got the hang of it quickly, and is making the sweetest alpaca hats for her two sons for their upcoming visit to chilly Baltimore this January.
Thus, I thought mini-sweaters would be a perfect gift for their ornament boxes this year!