The Christmas gift I made for my husband, is the whole reason why I keep feeling like I’ve done a lot of Christmas knitting, even if — as I said — I’ve really only done four projects.
It involved a lot of stockinette.
And then some more stockinette.
(That’s Knit Picks City Tweed DK in Orca. I’m in love with it. So soft! But it’s a lot of knitting, on #5 needles!)
I made a heavily modified version of the Hyland Argyle Vest. The pattern called for DK-weight yarn, but the gauge was considerably off. I had cast on for an extra-large, based on measuring Mr. Bee’s other vests and sweaters, and I was a couple of inches in before I realized that I had twisted the work in joining it. I pulled the knitting off the needles and measured it before frogging it entirely — and promptly discovered that it was several inches larger in circumference than I had ever intended. I redid my calculations and realized that the numbers for the medium were much closer to the desired size! I knit it much longer than a medium would ever be, as Mr. Bee is 6’2″. In total, it’s about 29″ long, and 24.5″ wide.
I made my own colourwork chart for the chest band, preferring to avoid the intarsia argyle stripe as given in the pattern. I’m pleased with how it turned out!
I originally intended the vest as a surprise. A few times, Mr. Bee walked in on me while I was knitting, and I figured it would be more suspicious if I suddenly hid away my work than if I just quietly kept knitting. I got bolder, as time went on, and started knitting more and more in front of him. I figured he was aware of what I was doing, and was cannily keeping silent in order not to ruin the surprise.
Eventually, I made some comment about him being very wise not to say anything about what I was working on. He looked at me blankly. — What? What are you working on, anyway? Oh wait, is that…? Oh! Is that for me? If I’d kept my mouth shut, he might never have suspected anything!
Anyway, I was glad enough that he knew about the vest, because I was able to have him try it on and give opinions about the fit as I worked. Plus, I don’t know how I ever would have blocked it without him noticing — seeing as how my blocking area is in his study!
I think he’s happy with it.