The Squirrel Collective

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It’s Christmas and a bit of belief goes a long way in making it feel magical, right? A few nights ago I really lost hope that this little sweater would be ready for Christmas Day but right now, 14 squirrels a-scampering around the yoke, I am starting to have a bit of belief.

I still have to figure what to do with the neckline. The pattern doesn’t call for short rows… but then it also has a roll neck which i plan to omit… but then I’ve never tried to figure short rows without a pattern. Ach, decisions, decisions and colour work sure does create a lot of ends to weave.

Mentally i have given away a lot of hand made, nice to do prettiness this Christmas. That’s the reality of mindfully mothering a 14 month old. I know I’ve got my priorities just right and a gorgeous Solstice tree and a hand knit jumper is a pretty good bit of prettiness in a sea of emptied cupboards, sleep deprivation and teething woes.

And what a year of knitting. I only started in July and this is my lucky 13th knit. I’ve found an incredible on line community of inspiring, talented and, above all, kind knitters. I believe next year I’ll meet more of you and enrich deeper some of these connections I have made. I believe I’ll knit up a storm, learn new skills, clothe my family in more handmade, woolly wonder. I believe it and therefore it must be true.

Thank you for being part of this place I find myself. I wish to you a truly beautiful Christmas and a year ahead filled with peace and happiness.

Joining Nicole and Ginny

21 thoughts on “The Squirrel Collective

  1. Jeanette

    that sweater is gorgeous! I cannot believe you have only been knitting since July…truly amazing and inspiring. I think a made with love sweater and a solstice tree are just perfect…Happy Holidays to you and yours

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  2. Evelyn

    It looks wonderful. Figuring out short rows without a pattern shouldn’t be too hard, if you’ve used them on a neckline before then use that as basis and just tweak the numbers for your stitch count 🙂

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    1. Tania Post author

      I did it Evelyn, I added some short rows. Hope it fits tomorrow morning – Christmas Day. I thought of your words and just went for it! Thank you for the nudge 🙂

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    1. Tania Post author

      Hi Janel, I wish I had seen this before I followed the pattern…and had to unpick it! Actually it turned out too big but hey, live and learn! I have seen you have been knitting more beautiful Pilot Caps – it is totally your pattern! Happy Christmas

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  3. Lindsay

    It’s absolutely adorable! Good luck deciding what to do with the neckline. You’re such a brave and intrepid knittier! I’ve been knitting since 2009 and only just made my first sweater this year!

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    1. Tania Post author

      Lindsay, those are such lovely compliments, thank you. I bet you have a heap of lovely knits. I am looking forward to knitting some smaller projects (well, accessories, obviously baby knits are quite small! Definitely a bit nervous of an adult sweater!). Merry Christmas to you and yours

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  4. Kimberly Bee

    Are you kidding? Only since July?! That’s amazing! And it gives me hope! Although, I think I start over at least thirteen times on every project I start, and there have been many, although so far I’ve only completed two. I get distracted easily :). Everything about the little squirrel sweater is so wonderful..I look forward to seeing what you decide on the neckline and your little cutie wearing it if you will share!

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    1. Tania Post author

      You are so sweet and kind! Of course I will (over!!) share pictures. Can’t wait to see if it fits tomorrow – Christmas morn. I have just posted the finished pic on Instagram and am breathing a sigh of relief having had to rework the neck having finished it (for the first time!) last night. When I tried it on the wee man it was waaaaaay too big. I hope you are enjoying your knitting even if it is a bit frustrating sometimes. Don’t be disheartened with your knitting as I bet you are doing great. Merry Christmas!

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  5. Elise

    That looks amazing – I can’t believe you made it after only knitting a few months! I’ve been knitting most of my life and only bothered with colourwork fairly recently. It’s such a cool effect though 🙂

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    1. Tania Post author

      Aw, thanks Elise – so kind. I have loved doing colour work – it totally gave me back my knitting mojo after the hat that caused me ribbing grief! So much to perfect about it though – my weaving in is a bit shameful! Merry Christmas to you and yours

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  6. Jacki May

    I love this sweater! We have a little girls who just loves squirrels and she would be insanely happy with this. I have never done any colorwork in my knitting so I may have to practice up.

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    1. Tania Post author

      Oh Jacki you could so do this, it was my first ever colour work piece. I must update my project page as the small mods I made were really straightforward. Thanks for popping by.

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