Have you been invited to lots of seasonal festivities this year?
No, me neither, so far. But ever the optimist, I'm sure it's only a matter of time, and thus today I am requesting your help in resolving what Gail insists on calling my "First World Problem".
In fact it is a VERY SERIOUS dilemma.
Surely, my readers will agree it is important for me to make good choices when it comes to deciding which of my four hand-knitted jumpers I should select to wear at any (as yet hypothetical) Christmas parties or other events this winter.
I'm hoping you can assist by making suggestions as to which sweater might be best suited to different occasions.
Perhaps it would help if I modelled each one, and told you a bit about it?
Here is Gail's first effort, incorporating a Fair Isle yoke and knitted back in 2015 when Gail was on unpaid leave from work looking after Human Granny. The undyed yarn is spun from Shetland sheep owned by our lovely Torridon neighbour Julia. The jumper is, just possibly, a teeny weeny bit too close fitting these days. Or you might think it shows off my slim but well muscled torso to good effect...
Next is my roughty-toughty Aran sweater. To knit this, Gail used up yarn which had been sitting in the back of her wardrobe for about three decades, left over from her abortive attempt to knit a similar jumper for herself. To my mind, this is the most masculine of the four available garments.
Thirdly we have a an intricate 'Bohus' design from Sweden. This little number uses finer Shetland yarn, and many different colours and Gail says was a total pain the **** to complete. It is has a lower neckline than my other sweaters, and is rather short in the body - a style that my Human Grandad would have referred to as a 'bum-freezer'...
Finally, the most recent is my Nordic Snowflake sweater, which some of you will have seen in my post a few weeks ago. The jolly red colour might be suitable for a festive shindig, although I would note it would not be good camouflage should I, just let's say for example, be invited to join the Royal Family for a spot of deer stalking on the Balmoral Estate.
Please dear readers, I know that you, unlike Gail, will take my wardrobe dilemma seriously. With your advice, I will surely be suitably attired for all potential forthcoming events...