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Oh Christmas Tree (Jumper) {handmade for Pip}

28/12/2014

It was Christmas Eve Eve. I sat at my desk in the studio, in front of me, one piece of wrapping paper, Pip’s colour of washi tape and the last piece of the Christmas knitting, finished and ready to be wrapped.

Well sort of finished. Technically finished if we define finished as ‘finished with the knitting bit’ and entirely ignore the question of whether or not it has any buttons (it doesn’t – though I have sewn all the ends in and blocked it which has to count for something).

But enough of technicalities. Let me show you the third and final piece of my Christmas knitting list this year, an Anders jumper for Pip, knit from Rowan’s Baby Merino Silk DK in Snowdrop and Bluebird.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

All of my baby baby knitting has been fairly gender neutral, but by the time I was knitting for my girls at Pip’s size, if not precisely his age, well we weren’t in wall to wall pink, but the patterns are definitely feminine even if the resultant jumper is dark blue. And with the newly sorted stash just waiting to be turned into something lovely and wonderful what more excuse did I need to spend many happy hours looking through baby boy patterns on Ravelry and favouriting more knits than I could ever hope to complete before wearing something your Mum made becomes utterly unthinkable, even if I gave up on sleep entirely and either the yarn stash grew and/or I acquired sheep. Some of them might be more projects that I will dream of knitting rather than anything that I’m actually going to turn into reality, but Anders I knew I had to knit, to knit now, to knit for the most perfect Christmas jumper for my gorgeous little son.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Because it has Vikkle Braid (really easy to do and I love the way it looks), it has little fair isle bands on the sleeves, and most of all it has snow. Fair isle Christmas trees under a blanket of snow; it’s like a knitted version of what I’d really like to wake up tomorrow and find outside the windows (please little snowflakes, just wander a little further south, I promise the north won’t miss you).

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

As I said before, it doesn’t have buttons, that’s a couple of safety pins holding the placket closed, there should be three cute perfect little buttons up the front, but alas, my magical touch with the button jar seems to have run out; I found two that were just gorgeous, but not a third, and no one in their right mind goes into town on Christmas Eve just for buttons.  Well not when the jumper’s for a baby anyway.  Pip and I are going to have a great time choosing buttons in the New Year but there’s no hurry; given how little Pip is, the top button at least would just disappear into his chin so he’s probably more comfortable as it is anyway.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Based on a little bit of judicious measuring of Pip, a bit of guesswork and not a single swatch in sight I made the 6-12 month version and it fits the boy a treat; snuggly warm against the nippiest breeze and long enough that there’s a bit of room to grow before summer comes and all the knits get squished to the back of the cupboard.  This is the project that I cast on in the car on the way to a family party, with yarn given to me a couple of Christmases ago by Pip’s godfather. the project that I knit in odd moments; with a baby asleep in my lap, while the girls finished their lunch and chattered about our plans for the afternoon, or at the end of the day with the family asleep upstairs.  It has so many memories of our everyday knit into it, and even though I was working to a deadline and this was the last thing on the list, it never felt rushed or under pressure.

There have been years when I finished the Christmas knitting and crafting long before Christmas, but they haven’t been for a while, and even when I’ve finished the things that are for Christmas day itself there have been things for family that we’re not seeing until New Year’s Day that still needed finishing off. I sat by the lights of the tree on Christmas Eve knowing that for once everything was done; the house was clean and as tidy as it gets, the food was baked and prepped as far as possible, and there under the tree were three soft squishy parcels for my three children, and it felt wonderful, relaxed and happy in the anticipation of all the loveliness to come.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It may have taken me five years, but perhaps for the first time I’ve finally made myself a Christmas knitting list that is actually reasonable and achievable, even if I did have to be rather ruthless with my dreams in the process. And there are two things that I now know.  One, the feeling of having everything done is very addictive and two, so is knitting those jumpers – Pip lovely, look away now, I think I know what you might be getting for Christmas next year.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

But based on current evidence – I think you might like it!

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  • Donna 28/12/2014 at 9:53 am

    I will never tire of seeing your projects and finished knits. This is beautiful x

    • Carie 29/12/2014 at 9:36 pm

      Aww thank you very much 🙂

  • Caroline 28/12/2014 at 11:25 am

    What a lovely knit, lucky boy. And I love that it’s currently fastened with safety pins:)

    • Carie 29/12/2014 at 9:35 pm

      I have removed the safety pins to pop it on the boy but I am increasingly convinced that buttons would only disappear into his chins so it may stay button free!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 28/12/2014 at 3:08 pm

    This is amazing and he is so gorgeous! I actually went to buy some knitting needles today, it’s on my to do list for 2015! x

    • Carie 29/12/2014 at 9:33 pm

      Yay – you’ll love it, and find it completely addictive! Just start with needles and yarn that feel good, life’s too short to knit with yarn you don’t like!

  • Jenni 29/12/2014 at 7:54 pm

    wow, this is amazing! He looks very pleased with his new jumper.

    • Carie 29/12/2014 at 9:04 pm

      Thank you – he really does feel all snuggly and cuddleable in it!

  • dean of Little Steps 29/12/2014 at 9:04 pm

    I love it! Absolutely beautiful 🙂 A close friend of mine tried to teach me how to knit once. Let’s just say we decided our friendship was more important than knitting ;)But looking at your creations, makes me want to learn how again!

    • Carie 29/12/2014 at 9:17 pm

      It’s all about finding the right method that works for you – everyone I know who knits, knits in a slightly or not so slightly different way – if you really want to learn try YouTube videos or Craftsy for lots of different styles and I’m sure you’ll find one that works for you

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 30/12/2014 at 10:47 am

    What a special jumper Carie- it’s gorgeous! I would wear that. 😉

    • Carie 30/12/2014 at 9:11 pm

      Me too – maybe I should try to resize it!

  • sustainablemum 31/12/2014 at 8:39 am

    It’s lovely! Hope it gets worn lots and keeps him warm.

    P.S. Sending you snow did you get it?

  • Marla 03/01/2015 at 8:08 pm

    What a lovely little hand knit for your little one. And such a cutie-pie.

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 3:32 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • sally 07/01/2015 at 3:24 pm

    That definitely is the perfect Christmas jumper!

    • Carie 08/01/2015 at 9:20 am

      well I think so – although his cousin is sporting something pretty special with reindeer on it!