Knitting for Christmas comes with its own pressures and being able to make something on the machine really helps to ease this. It is not all plain sailing and I do resent it when people say "Ooooh, you have a machine, no wonder you knit so much." First off, most of my knitting is done by hand and secondly the machine is a tool, not an automaton. A sort of comparison is sewing clothes by hand or using the machine to run up the seams. You do all the work but the machine makes the actual stitches. Knitting machines (or at least mine!) are the same.
This jumper was made/unmade several times as the pattern refused to line up or the gauge was off and also because I kept playing around with the patterns. The ribbing and neck was made by hand and the buttons were found locally.
So, Guy's Christmas jumper, loosely based on the Cowichan idea but made with Cascade Eco wool and using patterns already in my machine stock. It could do with an extra inch on the bottom but otherwise it fits him and he wore it non-stop over Christmas which was lovely for me.
You can find my Ravelry notes here.