OMG guys, Christmas is coming. I woke up at 5:30 this morning and for some reason it hit me that Christmas is just a little over a month away and I am so far from being ready that it’s not even funny. I haven’t even had the brainpower to start thinking about it. I have no idea what my kids want, let alone what the nieces and nephews want. I don’t even know what *I* want. (That’s not true. I want yarn and time to knit. That would be plenty.) So there’s a ton of shopping to do, plus decorating, and we have A LOT of decorations. I know, they don’t all need to be put out, but I do love having the house decorated. I’m feeling overwhelmed by it today. I think I got spoiled the last few years, when I wasn’t working and I had time/mental energy to put toward this kind of stuff. It’s a little different now. I have to readjust. I think I’ll make a list. Maybe two lists. That always helps.
Let’s try to refocus and think of happier things: I have a FO! I finished my second Color Block Wrap yesterday and wove in the ends this morning and I LOVE it.
For as big as this is, it is a super fast knit. It took me about a month, and I am not a monogamous knitter. This was mostly lunch break/ kids’ concerts knitting. Here’s the project page if you want details. I’m so glad I went down a needle size; I love the denser drape. This will get a lot of use this winter.
I also have a new cast-on. I had to go to the LYS last weekend to get yarn for an Etsy order, and I knew I was getting some money for a previous custom order, so I splurged on a gorgeous skein of Anzula Cricket in Charcoal. I’ve been wanting a black cowl for myself for a while. It took a bit of searching but I decided on the Saltfleet Cowl pattern, and I’m calling mine the Black Diamond cowl.
The Anzula is a treat to knit with, that’s for sure. Soft but not limp, not splitty at all, great stitch definition, and there’s enough color variation that it’s not like knitting with black yarn at all. I’m loving this project.
And since I finished my previous mindless knitting project (the Color Block), I pulled out a project that’s been in hibernation for a long time. I got the set of gradient purple yarns (Knit Picks Palette) for Christmas two years ago and cast on Purl Soho’s Gradient Cowl. It’s pretty, but boring, so I work on it for a little while and then tuck it away again. I’m now over halfway through, I’m a faster knitter than I was two years ago, and I have a lot more time for mindless knitting. (Unfortunately that means I have much less time for complicated knitting, but hey, it’s a trade-off. I gotta find the silver lining where I can.) Anyway, I took this with me last night when I went to an author event and made good progress.
What author, you ask? None other than Rainbow Rowell, super-talented author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Landline! She’s so fun to listen to; she’s funny and smart and snarky and honest and I just love her. I mean, look how cute she is:
Oh, and I found other knitters there too! There were two of them sitting right in front of me–I recognized a handknit hat on one, and a handknit shawl on the other. They noticed me knitting during the break, and we chatted a bit, and then during the second half, one of them pulled out her knitting too. I love to encourage knitting in public!
Okay, this was a fun interlude but I’m afraid I must re-enter the scary world of holiday prep. We’re hosting Thanksgiving this year so cleaning must happen today, and I’m definitely not doing it all myself so I’ll be dragging some unhappy helpers into the mix. Wish me luck!
I also have hit panic mode. Must knit faster!!
OMG Bonny! I think the cure for your problem next year is the fact that you wrote it all out and you can look at this post retrospectively in 2017. This is the nice thing about having a blog. I had a couple of panics in my knitterly past over Christmas and fortunately I also recorded them in my blog. I saw them before last Christmas and I am now on year 2 of not having Christmas knitting attacks. Last year I got through just fine and this year I am determined to do the Knitmore Girls’ Grinch-a-long (talk about a ambitious! right? I’m totally in this year!). For me, it was a matter of deciding that lots of people will just get something store bought for Christmas and maybe one or two people will get a hand knitted gift from me (the lucky two this year will be my Mom and my partner!). So, there you go! As a recovering Christmas panicked knitter, I can definitely say you are now in recovery phase. The first step is admitting you have the problem in your knitting blog! You’re on the right path. You will remember writing this and re-read it next year as I did. Super cool, no?
Thank you but I wasn’t clear: I am definitely not knitting presents for people! I tried that once and yes, panic ensued and I didn’t like my knitting to involve panic, so now I knit very few presents. My panic is about figuring out what people want and actually doing the shopping, but I’ll do a lot online so it’ll be okay. But thanks for the pep talk! 🙂
You’re welcome! I’m always available for pepping. And I’m glad it isn’t presents. I hope you get it all done!
Fangirl is one of my favourite books, you’re so lucky to meet Rainbow. Your gradient cowl looks beautiful.
Thank you! I hope you get to see her someday; she’s fantastic.
Love your new wrap and that hat is going to be awesome. I am so unready for Christmas too. Oh boy…
Bonnie, you’re awesome! And I love that Colorblock Shawl! Great colors!