Remember that year you ran to the yarn store on December 21st to start your Christmas knitting? Remember how you only watched Christmas movies to scare yourself into working faster? Remember how you managed to make a sweater, pair of socks, and a couple of scarf/mitt combos? Well, forget it. It's not happening this year. This year you're starting on October 21st.
Today is a couple of firsts for me. My first ever WIP Wednesday and the first time I start Christmas knitting before December.
There's something about knitting like crazy that last week before Christmas that's really exciting but this year I'm going with a more relaxed pace as far as knitting goes because I want to take full advantage of my favourite time of year instead of hiding and knitting away. A few weeks ago my dad said (very guiltily) that he only has 3 pairs of handknit socks despite having an entire family of knitters. You want socks? I'll give you socks. I'll give you seven pairs of handknit socks.
I'm really not loving the way these are knitting up. they stripe nicely for half of the sock and then the other half just doesn't look right. I may end up frogging and trying again with different stitch count or even just plain stockinette. Or maybe I'll go crazy with a slip stitch or something.
So that's my main Christmas goal. At least seven pairs of boring (he loves boring) ribbed socks for my dad. And a sweater (or two) for my mom, and at least one large lace shawl for someone I cannot name. Plus I need time to stock up on new items for me! In all my years of knitting I have yet to make myself a hat. Every year I go hatless even though I can whip one up in an afternoon. This year I will have my hat.