I don't think I've talked about this on here, but while I was knitting the main body of the pieces for the Gavle Goat sweater, and while I was in Hawaii for Christmas last year, I started pondering making a Hawaiian Christmas sweater. (And a hat. Now I'm pondering making more since I got actual Hawaiian Christmas fabric while I was there.) I have water in garter stitch at the bottom, then beach for a few inches, and then blue sky for the top.
I have been debating pretty much all year long whether or not to do some kind of Hawaiian Santa on it, or if I wanted to try doing a sweater based on Numbah One Day Of Christmas, the Hawaiian pidgin version of 12 Days. Santa would be a lot easier. Numbah One would be much more awesome...but leads to problems of "how does one make poi? Or missionaries?" Hence why I have been pondering it for a year, eh? I finally decided to cave in and go for the hardest one, because I clearly wanted to do that one best and was just trying to talk myself into doing something easier.
I have managed to find probably about 80% of patterns/images on Ravelry that can cover most of this, including stuff like squid (lotsa squid) and shrimp and other weird shit. But I got the idea to maybe do finger puppets or gingerbread men as a basis for the people-related ones like missionaries and hula lessons. I've finished the mynah bird in the papaya tree and coconuts in a palm tree and am currently working on the squid.
The real debate at this point (besides when I'll finish it, I am shooting for the end of the month but not expecting it to be done by Christmas) is whether or not I will put ALL of the numbered items on there or just one of every example. Because fitting eleven missionaries and twelve televisions is going to be a pain in the ass and sweaters are only so big and all that. I do plan on decorating around the front and back and even the sleeves, so I'll have more room, but that's still a lot of stuff.
I kind of wish I had the room to put the text of the song on the sweater like I did on Gavle Goat, but I don't think I'll do that this time--there won't be room for that shiz, I think. Ah well, I'll just have to explain it to people then.