Cathartic Ink

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Monday Musings: On Holiday Knitting

I hate deadline knitting. Hate it. I like to just kind of plunk along, putting the knitting down for days if something else strikes my fancy. And yet it seems like I keep getting sucked into work on deadline. Knitting for babies, knitting to have something to wear at a wedding and knitting for the holidays. This last one can be a killer. It’s made worse for me because I have to ship gifts to my family, all the way across the country. So I have to have things finished by the 15th at the absolute latest if it’s going to arrive on time.

The last time I attempted knitting, Nanie got a half-knit scarf in a box, and my husband got skeins of yarn in a box. Ask him if he’s ever seen that pair of socks? (The answer is no. I made it through one and then got really really bored). I have chosen two large projects and then a variety of smaller projects this year. For a total of fifteen projects. I’m not going to enumerate them here as some of the recipients are readers but here’s how the breakdown stands now:
Finished: five
Started: three.
Yet to Start: seven.

Add to this the fact that I’ll be baking as well and I think there’s a very good chance that I am totally out of my gourd crazy. I love making things for people though. Anyone else out there focusing on handmade items? Feeling the time crunch? Or are you more organized than I am?


  1. Jeanne

    I don’t think I’m going to do any holiday knitting this year. Just going to be selfish and knit for me!

  2. penny

    E asked for a hat, but that’s more direct need than holiday gifting. I am shooting for a handmade holiday this year, but what I don’t make (which I assume will be most everything) someone on Etsy did. 😉

    Good luck!

  3. Mia

    Well my nephew’s present was started back in August. I need to still finish the yoke and the sleeves. But he understands if he gets his sweater on the needles Christmas day.

    Deadline knitting equals ADD knitting for me. Good luck!

  4. Amy

    I think we are going to have a knit Christmas this year, but they all should be quick easy knits.