There’s no pictures because, well, there isn’t much knitting.
How did this come to pass? I ‘m not sure but note my year by year progression:
Knitted for Christmas gifts 2006- 1 feather and fan scarf, 2 fun fur scarves, 1 ribbed scarf with stripes, 1 novelty yarn garter stitch scarf, 1 felted hat, 1 felted bag, 1 simple hat, 1 ribbed hat with stripes. 9 projects total. Started in June and finished week before Christmas.
Knitted for Christmas gifts 2007- 1 novelty yarn scarf, 1 free form space creature toy from scrap yarn, 1 Barbie doll sweater. Plus I knitted a hat for myself and 2 felted snowmen decorations. 3 gifts, 2 other Christmas related projects. All done on the fly in December.
Planned for 2008- 1 Skull Isle Hat, 2 cotton dishclothes, 1 novelty yarn scarf, some felted mice for my tree, maybe something for my granddaughter.
Actually started- 1 dishcloth, am not doing 2 the pattern was more complex than I thought. 1 novelty yarn scarf- frogged to be something for me because my son no longer has that girlfriend.
Actually finished- 0
Anyone notice a trend here?
Now I like to make gifts for Christmas- in the past I have foisted on to gifted those I love with hand made free form sand candles, ornaments made from pine cones and sequins, non edible decorative bread dough wreaths and yes, even home made fruitcake. I was secure and confident that the recipients would just love these things. How could they not? The joy I felt making them would surely infuse the gifts and make them treasures, right? My friends and family would bask in the glow of my superb craftsmanship and the pleasure I took in making them. They smiled didn’t they? Said “oh how nice , did you make that?” and then, secretly, the item went in the Goodwill pile or was regifted in a last minute they-gave-us-a-gift-quick-what-do-we-have moment. Really, if I hadn’t made it myself I would have tossed the bread dough wreath ages ago.
Then I learned to knit and a whole new world of hand made joy to the world opened up.
Now though, I don’t want to knit the quick simple things anymore and I’m too slow to knit something like a sweater or a lace shawl on a deadline. (maybe if I started now for 2012?) I don’t have any joy in knitting on a deadline, period.
I might, just might knit up the mice, maybe on Christmas Eve, because they’re quick and easy. I know my son really wants the hat- he asked for it- but I need to modify the pattern to accommodate different yarn and it makes my little head spin to think about it. Not going to try to do anything else.
So what am I getting everyone for Christmas? I don’t know yet, but I’m thinking everyone would really like some fruitcake.