This week I have been attempting to make birthday gifts.
Key word: Attempting.
So far they've all been an utter bust.
The first failed gift was a hot water bottle cover for a nephew who has recently moved back to a Dunedin winter after a year in the sunny North Island. I've never really bothered with gauge swatches before, but since I was working with an unfamiliar pattern and some unidentifiable acrylic from my stash. I figured that I had better try swatching it up to make sure I had the right gauge.
Five changes in needle size later and it's still too big! Laurie got a bag of shiny new colouring gear and assorted stationary for his first week at school, while the hot water bottle cover remains unfinished and in dire need of girth reduction.
Gift two is intended for Dad's birthday next Wednesday. I figured a nice, quick garter-stitch Möbius/Moebius scarf would appeal to a fifty-something sometimes-nerd.
What nerd WOULDN'T want a monosurface knitted object for their birthday??
But. . . I screwed up again.
I didn't check the length of circular needle required to knit a Moebius before going to get the yarn.
I already have a circular needle of the appropriate diameter for the yarn, but it's less than half the length required to properly knit a Moebius. I could probably use it if I could break the laws of physics, but alas I'm not that awesome.
As I work weekends, I'm going to be unable to get into Knitworld to purchase a long enough needle before Monday, which would give me about a day total of knitting time to it finished around work.
A Klein Bottle hat would also be awesome, but I'd prefer to make something that there is a chance of him actually wearing.
Time to prepare for a marathon knit of non-Euclidean garter-stitch madness.
Good luck for all your gift-intended projects!