Christmas Recap

January 1st, 2008

I think I survived…

 

First of all, Happy New Year! 2008 – can you believe it – I can’t. Hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season. It zooms by every year – and then is over – much, much too short in my opinion.

 

Anyway, I learned a very valuable lesson this Christmas – if you make your holiday gifts, start BEFORE October! I say this every year, and every year I tend to forget the frantic knitting late into the night, the stress and worry of not knowing if I’ll finish on time, the final push the week before Christmas arrives, knowing full well it will arrive whether I am finished or not. I’m starting next year’s gifts this spring. And I say this every year, and every year it’s the same old, same old – I’m knitting away on Christmas Eve, surrounded by family just rolling their eyes, asking “Why don’t you start earlier next year?” Not gonna happen. But one can hope.

 

Christmas 2007 Knitting Recap: 1 pair of mittens, 2 neck warmers, 3 scarves, 1 sweater, 1 sweater vest, 3 pairs of wrist warmers, 4 hats, and 1 pair of socks. Well, the socks are still on the needles, but everything else was wrapped up and waiting under the tree! And the gifts were enjoyed by all! (No “Oh, how nice” with a strained smile.)

 

Let’s start with the small projects first – scarves and hats:

 

A hat and matching scarf – my own pattern with super chunky wool – a perfect gift for that hard to please tween!

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A trio of Flap Happy Hats. Great for using up scraps and leftovers!

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2 Quick Scarves – using the Misti Alpaca Rib & Ruffles Scarf Pattern – one with ruffles, one without.

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This was the state of this green scarf at 2 pm on Christmas Eve. It was bound off on Christmas Day as the recipient was pulling into the drive. (Had to stop knitting on Christmas Eve when he showed up at the house.) Just made it!

 

Tune in tomorrow for more. Just thinking about all this work is making me tired (and the fact that I’m getting old, and if I stay up past my bedtime I get cranky, but I made it well past midnight last night to ring in the New Year – woo hoo!)


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