Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Holiday Knitting

I love to knit for the holidays.

Wait, scratch that. I love to plan what to knit for the holidays. When we get down to the actual knitting and deadlines, there's usually a great deal of coffee, late night tv, and crying.

Last year, I did a very reasonable amount of holiday knitting. Just 2 toddler sweaters for my nieces. I had a bit of a time crunch near the end, but I didn't break down. Therefore, I'm counting last year as a victory.

I'm feeling encouraged by the lack of tears last year, so I'm making my list for this year. This is the earliest I have ever begun the holiday knitting. See how prepared I am?

I decided to start with a modest amount of knitting. Some knitted food (a la Pez) to make picnic baskets. One for my children and one for my nieces. Oh, wait, one more for my other niece and 2 nephews. 3 baskets. Not bad. Then I found these.

I have never ever knit a toy. I've never wanted to. But these are the cutest toys I have ever seen! I now think that each of nieces and nephews need a doll or stuffed animal. My aunt and in-laws need Santa and Mrs. Claus or Snowmen. My good friends, who just moved into their first house, need little ornaments and maybe the sweet knitted creche. I can't forget about the vest was going to make my mom, either. Or the family members I was thinking of making socks for, or the hat for my hubby, or fingerless mitts for my godchild.

I am making a list. I am counting up my available knitting hours per day (AKH). I am considering my discount a the LYS.

In my lucid moments, I know this is crazy. I even dreamed about the Christmas knitting last night. What are you planning for the holiday knitting? Please tell me I'm not the only freak.


~Melissa~ said...

I have been thinking a lot about this lately too. My list is growing and I know that I won't get it all done - but I figure what I'm unable to complete in time for the holidays - I will finish and give as birthday gifts. That helps keep my stress level down.

Since I'm home today I've been compiling my list. I joined a holiday KAL (link on my blog if you want to join in too) and will be getting it posted. Most of the gifts are for the kids and dh - some for my mom and grandma and maybe my sis.

My other family members wouldn't be so happy about knitted gifts, and I don't want to waste the time or yarn on them.

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LeaAnna said...

OMG! The stuff you linked to is so cute!

I've been thinking a lot about a knitted Christmas, but in reality, I'm not sure how much I'll actually be able to get accomplished. I promised Noah a Weasley Sweater, so that is a must before anything else. I'd also like to knit my dh an earflap hat (any suggestions?) to replace his old, tattered one.