Fool’s Errand

So, you know how I am a selfish knitter for much of the year, and have sworn off Christmas knitting after the disasters and sheer lunacy of 2008. I have offered helpful (and ridiculous) advice on the perils of Yuletide Knitwear and gift knitting. And yet I find myself in exactly the same position every November, thinking about the nice thing I could knit for someone and surely there’s plenty of time to squeeze in a sweater or two?

I know, I know. I can almost hear the sanity leeching itself from my brain and seeking refuge elsewhere until January. I really need to take my own advice when it comes to Christmas knitting and Just Say No. But I can’t seem to help it.

So, we’ll just have to see how I go. My selfish knitting will be put on a  (brief) hiatus. I still owe my little brother a sweater from about, oh I don’t know, it’s probably years in the promising at this point, but I have started that and am making steady progress. Meanwhile, I have just ordered a bunch of wool for something and someone else. Which I could easily knit in time for Christmas if it was the only thing in my queue – which I think is the trap I always fall into. I look at the practicality of these ideas in isolation, rather than seeing them pile up ready to suffocate me in a festive avalanche of yarn.

On the bright side, at least I am much more discerning these days about who qualifies for a handknitted gift, so the numbers are definitely down. And these other oh-so-lucky people will be receiving accessories. Hopefully simple ones in bulky yarn, but we’ll see how desperate I get.

So settle in for our annual ritual of watching me run a fool’s errand, and wish me luck…

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2 Responses to Fool’s Errand

  1. creatingruth says:

    I have sooo done the same myself – I crazily intend to knit 2 cardigans and a baby blanket by Januaryish (I’ve already extended the deadline!) Fingers crossed, head down, get knitting – let’s hope we don’t get RSI!

  2. Barbara Edelman says:

    Well, this may or may not be helpful, but I am knitting people hot water bottle covers. I am using the free pattern from yarnagogo. And i am knitting them in rowan cotton wool blend. Soft squishy and semi washable. They knit up very quickly and who doesn’t need a nice hot water bottle? You can order he hot water bottles from Amazon for practically nothing. Its an odd but useful gift methinks.

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