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November 07, 2007

Holiday Knitting Reality Check

Of course I can knit that before Christmas.

There are 48 knitting days before Christmas. Breathe. (That counts today but doesn't count Christmas Day, just for the record.) I have greatly reduced my knitting list, but there are still almost 60 items on it. I persist in thinking that this is doable because 1/3 are ornaments and 1/3 are dishcloths, but we'll see. So. This is what I'm attempting:

A baby sweater, done
A pair of socks, in progress
Two hats
A pair of fingerless mitts
Four scarves, two in progress
A child's hat and mitten set
24 dishcloths, one in progress
About two dozen needle felted ornaments

So... that's totally doable, right? (You are correct in assuming that anything that doesn't say "in progress" or "done" hasn't been started.) The ornaments go quickly - I can probably knock out half a dozen in a devoted evening, or a dozen on a weekend day. The dishcloths also go quickly when I get around to actually doing them. I've been having trouble figuring out priorities here. Obviously, the most important items are the ones for my immediate family, but they're also the ones with the latest deadline, since we exchange gifts on Christmas morning. So do I do the ones that need to be shipped first? Probably. But then I worry that I won't get the really important things done. Sigh.

Clearly What I Need Is a Plan:
1. Finish the non-Christmas thing I have to send off on Monday first. Obviously.
2. Make those socks my purse socks. This seems obvious but somehow I haven't done it yet. Knit at lunch.
3. Find a tam pattern already. Order/buy yarn.
4. Work on dishcloths for at least a few rows each day.
5. Set aside at least one evening next week for ornaments.
6. Try to get enough finished so that by Thanksgiving, I have fewer items left than days to knit them in, because I think that would make things a lot less stressful.

So, how's your Christmas crafting going?

Posted by Kat at November 7, 2007 10:55 AM

The short answer: Ack!
The longer answer: I have 1.5 pairs of socks, a Christmas stocking and 1.5 pairs of mittens to knit. It doesn't seem so bad, but when paired with a really short attention span and a bunch of nice new yarn it's terrible.

Posted by: Erika at November 7, 2007 01:43 PM

That is terrifying! I should tally mine though . . .

Posted by: Theresa at November 7, 2007 02:50 PM

Christmas knitting? 48 Days? Ack. My Christmas knitting is clearly not happening. Which means I have to shop. Or, fight with everyone I know.

Posted by: Carrie K at November 7, 2007 04:00 PM

Wow. 48 days. Instead of knitting I've spent all evening working on Ravelry. I need to re-tally my list and see what is actually doable.

Posted by: Cynthia at November 7, 2007 08:04 PM

Hey Planner! I am working on dads hat, moms is done. I may or may not get to the scarves ;) Right now i'm concentrating on nano & hat knitting (and i'm at the decreases so that is good!) I may start one of their scarves asap on size 15s since I know I have some free. I may have 13s free too! Loch is trying to sing All The Pretty Little Ponies to ari, but he doesn't know all the words ;)

Posted by: aisling at November 7, 2007 08:53 PM

Um. According to my knitting google doc I have 2 skully dishcloths, 1 cat dishcloth, 3 fetching, 2 dashing, finish a pair of socks, 1 pair toddler socks, 8 tiny socks, 5 scrubby washcloths & 2 plain dishcloths still uncompleted. bwahaha! I might make it. I am prioritizing by date needed instead of importance since I know my mom will forgive me if she gets her socks still on the needles. ;-)

Posted by: yarnlibrarian at November 8, 2007 08:21 AM

Great plan! I'm still in denial.

Posted by: Amy at November 8, 2007 05:00 PM
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