Today while I was in the car, it dawned on me that it's the last day of November. And I didn't technically finish a Christmas gift this month. So I came home, took a couple of swigs of iced tea, then finished off the baby sweater. I steam blocked it and sewed on the buttons. Here's how it looks with the jeans and socks I bought. (I also bought a white bodysuit, but I found a stain on it so it needs to be exchanged.)
I really like the flower buttons on it. Restless Knitter had suggested taking the sweater to WalMart or Target and comparing it to a 12M sweater there. That was a great idea, but do you think I remembered to take it with me? Nope! These are 18M pants, so I think it looks like the sweater will be fine. I think I will still send it a bit early, just to be sure my niece will get some use out of it. But first I have to weave in eleven more ends in the hat.
At the end of last year, I set some goals for 2007. One of these goals was to knit or sew at least one Christmas gift each month. I've managed to finish sixteen things, but most of those are dishcloths. (And I've already given two of those away to a friend.) I doubt I'll need all the dishcloths for gifts, so I've really only finished five or so things. That's better than nothing, but not as good as I'd hoped. The problem was that I couldn't decide what to knit until this month. Now I can think up a zillion people to knit for. I guess I should write everything down now for 2008.
Now if I can just finish the lining of a felted purse, I'll have one more completed gift...