I am aware that you do not all celebrate Christmas; but I do, and I am thinking that Little Mister (hi, Elinor!) is probably the best Christmas present ever.
It took some work getting him here (there was a problem with lost records at the hospital's records storage facility--all of my archivist friends totally recognize the irony of this happening to me, I am sure), there were no allergic reactions on my part this time around--because they actually did find my records (there was with Little Sir, but, moving on); but, I think I was entirely too cavalier about the second c-section delivery and my ability to recover from it. The good news: I am no longer swollen to an unfortunate degree; the bad news: the swelling has caused constant numbness in my right hand. The worst news: I am right handed, of course. Apparently, cuteness comes at a price...
Fortunately for me (and, really, all parties involved) I knit Little Mister's Christmas sweater prior to his arrival. I opted not to go too matchy-matchy with the Christmas sweaters (I am thinking that the boys--I am thinking I will never tire of saying, writing and thinking this phrase-- will thank me for this in the future) and knit LM a dark brown BSJ with white stripes. Julie gave me the the brown Koigu earlier in the year and suggested that I use it to knit a Baby Surprise Jacket or BSJ, so that is what I did.
I know that there are people who think this is the cutest sweater ever, and I may be a heretic for saying so, but I don't really think it's any great shakes, to be honest. I recognize that the engineering of the sweater is genius and everything; but, seriously, what is with the sleeves? Sure, my kid has long arms, but, come on! When the sleeves on wool sweater are this short, what purpose do they serve? Um, that would be none.
But I still got a Christmas picture out of the deal, so I am not really going to complain too much about it (not now anyways, I knit another BSJ, yet to be modeled, and reserve the right to kvetch in a later post). So yes, if you are a celebrater of Christmas, I hope yours is merry and that you and yours find ways to bring about the jolly. Ho ho ho.