Last week, much to my surprise as well, I ordered yarn for two Christmas gift projects.
I know it’s early to be talking about Christmas gift knitting, but I saw the fabulous Baa-ble Hat pattern by Donna Smith, and know it will be perfect for a few people, so why shouldn’t I get started now…at least there’s an outside chance I might actually finish them in time! In the spirit of my From Stash project, I rummaged through all my yarn and annoyingly didn’t have anything suitable – isn’t that more often than not the case – so I ordered a few balls of Rowan Felted Tweed and will play around with colour combinations.
A few people on Twitter said they have already started gift knitting and it makes sense to get started now whilst there’s no immediate rush, plus we can then feel vaguely smug as December kicks in and we are fully prepared! You know you can quote me on this when I’m having a last minute panic and weaving ends in on Christmas morning!
The May chapter in Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitters Almanac is titled, ‘Mittens for Next Winter’. As she puts it;
“…let’s make them in May; let’s take our time over them; let’s venture into new approaches and designs; let’s enjoy them.”
And herein lies the crux of Christmas gift knitting; if you’re scrabbling around a few days before the main event, feeling stressed and overwhelmed with how much knitting you have to do, it takes all the pleasure out of what should be a pleasurable pastime. This is one of the reasons I stopped knitting Christmas presents for all the family and gifted throughout the year for birthdays instead. I’m not setting out to knit gifts for everyone, I’ll just see how I get on.
Additionally, EZ makes the excellent point about knitting though the warmer months;
“For the compulsive knitter, hot weather need not put a crimp in his or her activity. Large projects may lie heavy and warm in the lap, but small things like mittens and socks are easy to carry outdoors, and can be made surprisingly fast. Stash them away as they are finished, and when the time comes, next winter, you can deal them out with a liberal hand.”
Well, if it’s good enough for EZ then it’s good enough for me.
Do you have any wintery projects planned or on the go?