So I asked Alex to try on this sweater so that I could get an idea of it's fit, and I could see it on a body. I had to threaten him with death. Turns out that Alex doesn't like blue... I had no idea. He hates it. He hates it enough that he whined, flopped, took forever to put it on, flopped some more, and after I threatened him with a nap, I was able to take the above photo. Can you see his pain?
In this photo, I was encouraging him to make monster faces, stick his tongue at me, and do funny things with his hands. He didn't want to but at least I got a snap shot of him with a much better face on. I thought he hated the sweater, but I had him try on the green version and he couldn't wait to get it on . He loves that one, so it turned out that he loves green, hates blue, and wouldn't take the green sweater off. He said "mom, can I wear this?! It's so cozy and warm." So even though it was supposed to be his Christmas gift, I gave it to him today. He wore it all day long and loved it. He especially loved that his neck warmer matched (there's a green stripe in it that I knit with the same yarn as the sweater).
I took him with me (in his sweater) to run several errands, on of which was to drop off the sweater-of-doom. I'd called the shop and let them know that I was done and would bring it in later in the day, just in case the Nana called...and she did call (sigh). I'm just not getting paid enough for this. So, while we were there, Alex and I wandered into the back room where we proceeded to let him pick out yarn for his next sweater. I figured that he was so particular about color that it would be best to let him decide for himself. He chose the most ugly primary-color-variegated Comfort DK, and I had to veto that decision. I offered to knit him a hat or something, but there was no way on this Earth that I was knitting with that yarn. None. After I hid it out of sight, he chose a pretty baby purple. Sadly, I had to steer him to other options in the purples. He chose a really pretty (and yet still gender neutral enough) Cascade 220 superwash. It's a bright purple that's heathered with black (hard to describe) and it's really a beautiful color. I handed him a ball and he happily ran out to the counter. So here's hoping that I'll be able to knit him a brand new sweater for Christmas.
Oh, and by the way, if anyone is looking for a copy of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer...the post office had it for about 11 bucks as part of some promotion. We picked one up when we stopped there to return a cookbook that I never asked for, that was sent to me anyway even though I returned the card stating that I didn't want it. It was that kind of day. I also had to speak to the people at Capital One regarding the email that I received, telling me that my new credit card was on the way... only I never applied for a credit card. They had my name, social, and DOB on file, and obviously my email address, but the mailing address was incorrect. Thank goodness I called because the account had been opened a few days ago so they had time to flag the card and get it closed, close my account, and flag it with a fraud warning. After my day, I'm really tired.