You may remember Brooklyn. This is the denim track jacket I made for my 16-year-old.

In spite of his maddening behavior during the actual knitting of the jacket, he likes it and has been wearing it when it dips below 90 degrees.

Now, after a couple of weeks of wearing, the cuffs had gotten stretched out, as you see at the top of the picture on the right. You may have a sweater that has done the same thing. Not to worry.

Grab a crochet hook and some common elastic thread, turn the sweater inside out, and do a few rows of slip stitch around the cuff. I did them on the stripes and at the edge, and you can see the results at the bottom of the picture.

Take the stitches just through the back leg of your stitch, not going clear through the fabric, and they will not show on the outside.

You can do this as soon as you complete the sweater, and with cotton, it is a good idea to do so. However, if you are knitting for a difficult person who will not allow you to, it works just as well as a later fix. In fact, it works on commercial sweaters or old favorites that have gotten stretched out, too.

If you are doing the HGP, then you have a nice clean kitchen and it is time to do the pantry and the cupboards and closets and drawers of said kitchen. It is time to begin addressing Christmas cards (that startled me, but I know from experience that the HGP works if you just do what they say, so I will try to get started on that). You should have quite a few freezer meals and batches of treats in the freezer. You should also have about a quarter of your presents bought or made. Here is a little clutch of bawks. Only one currently is occupied by a hottle, so I think the effect is of one hottle with a wardrobe of little sweaters.

After I took this picture, my husband took the hot water bottle. It has turned chilly, and he doesn’t really grasp Christmas anyway. He will find in his stocking a sweater for his hottle. I think a trip to the pharmacy is in order for me — since hot water bottles are apparently an exotic item in my part of the world, it might take several trips for me to get a whole crowd of them. They probably only carry one at a time. “Better order two this time, Jim Bob,” they will say to one another. “That odd woman has been in buying them up again.”

#2 daughter has forgotten her coat. She always arranges to forget something large and costly to mail. Last year it was her quilt. She says to send cookies along with it as well. So I have my pre-workday work cut out for me.