17 November 2008
Even though my family has declared a moratorium on gifts for the holidays this year, and DH and I managed to convince his family that we should all just buy for the kiddos, that does not mean I'm exempt from the gift-giving madness. Which is OK, mostly, because I like doing nice things for people during the month of December.
But I decided earlier this year (maybe....August?) that I could manage to make something for everyone that I work with AND my friends, knitted somethings. As soon as I made the decision, I started knitting. Part of the method of my madness, too, is that I'd like to use up some of my stashed yarn. (stash yarn = Ravelry-speak for yarn that you already own, most likely stashed in boxes or plastic bins about your house.) I'm making good progress and using up yarn I've had for years and years. I've made several scarves, a handful of dishcloths and face-scrubbie wash cloths. The wash cloths are small, and I put a little bar of handmade soap (not soap *I* make, c'mon, I'm not that nuts) in the middle of the washcloth, take a complimentary yarn and run it through the 4 corners, tie it up, and it makes a cute little packet. Easy, easy, easy present, takes no more than an hour to knit one.
So why am I stressing over it?
The main reason is that like almost everything in my life, I have defined parameters, rules about the knitting. I don't allow myself to have more than about 3 projects on needles, because it makes me f-ing batty if I've got too many projects going. It stresses me more than I need to be stressed.
How many projects are on needles right now?
1. a scarf
2. a hat
3. a washcloth
4. and 5. baby blankets (although those shouldn't count because I'm not actively working on them)
6. another hat,
7. a shrug that is 99% done, and
8. a shawl I started last night and then ripped apart because I can't figure out the pattern.
There's another scarf that I don't have on needles yet, but it is my next project, swirling around in the back of my heard. Urgh. That'd be 9. Then I have two skeins of a soft yet sparkly yarn that I plan to make hats with, one red and one black. I can't wait to get started on them. Which, for those keeping track, would be 11 projects. It is with the crazy-making.
There are not enough hours in the day to get them all done.
And then I have to figure out when (and what) I'm going to bake for the people I give cookies to every year.....