To knit or not to knit...
I have this... etiquette issue that needs resolution.
Astute readers will notice the gaggle of prospective baby knits. At last count, it stands as follows:
--Coworker's son (born last week)
--Mister Husband's assistant's Baby Of Indeterminate Gender (May 6th)
--Family friend's daughter (May)
--Other coworker's BOIG (Julyish)
--Parents' neighbor and our beloved hairstylist's BOIG (Septemberish)
Here's the dilemma: Absent from this list are my OTHER other coworker's twins, a boy and a girl born in July of 2005. Around that time, I'd been knitting a set of leaf-edged hats for them while minding the mailroom at work. People saw me knitting them (that is, people who weren't the dad in question). I knit the first one -- great. I knit the second one -- eh. Both needed seaming. My seaming stank. Finally, FINALLY, I had them both together... and one was approximately 50% the size of the other. Who knew my gauge would be that crappy? In desperation, I knit another completely different hat. Of course, the yarn wasn't quite as nice and I felt embarrassed. It took me a while to bring them to work, only to discover that I'd inadvertently brought the tiny one instead of the normal one. It went on like that forever.
So now the kids are almost a year old and those damn hats are still sitting in my desk. I could very well give one or the other to someone else. However, I feel terrible about not giving the twins anything, and it wouldn't be very nice to give handknit presents to the babies of two other coworkers and not the one. I'm sure the twin-dad doesn't remember or care, but I do.
So I've got two options here. Which way should I go?
1) Make items for the coworkers and then give the twins something neutral like stuffed bunnies for their birthday. Of course, I hate seaming... any better ideas?
2) Impose a moratorium on handknit gifts for coworkers' babies... which just seems so strict!
I believe that the preventative measure in relation to this problem is simply to continue making baby knits regardless of actual oven-bun statistics. That way something will always be ready, and I'll have a crapload of projects with quick gratification instead of continually making myself hats that don't fracking fit. *shakes fist at giant melon on top of neck*
As for the family friend and the neighbor/stylist, I think they get nicer things anyways. For the family friend, I'm almost done with the cardigan from the cover of this Debbie Bliss book. I just have a couple of seams left. It was a super knit -- very quick and rewarding, and SO CUTE. I liked the way that, just when I'd start getting bored with the stockinette, something would happen to change the shaping. It went by in no time. I also used this garment as a sample piece for Cascade 220 Superwash, and I was really pleased with the end result. It's very snuggly and the color and shaping will be great to break up the endless array of pink I hear the kid will be wearing :P
For the neighbor/stylist, I was thinking of a blanket. Originally I'd thought of the Pinwheel Baby Blanket. This differs, though, from the Grumpecue (Grumperina's take on the Curlicue from Oat Couture, seen 3/4 of the way down) and similar in that those are knit segment by segment. (The Pinwheel Afghan, at the bottom of the page, seems like it'd be another option as well.) Maybe those would be easier and more fun; I like patterns which have definite tracking points to tell you how far you are instead of just saying, "Okay; knit around and around and around until you get to the size you want."
Incidentally, the present I'd been aiming for with the just-born kid-of-coworker isn't going very quickly. It's the cotton chenille baby bath blankie I'd discussed earlier, I believe. It's only garter stitch with a little slip and increase/decrease along the edge, but I don't like it all that much. Maybe it's due to the yarn being so catchy and twisty that I have to pull in weird ways to get it to stop curling around itself. It'll look fine in the end, especially if I add the hood and fold it up all cute with a duckie or something, but the gauge is off in a couple of places most likely due to this issue. I don't like fighting with yarn. (Who does?)
But anyways. We'll see.