I had an epiphany yesterday, realizing that it was ok to not get all the crafting done that I wanted.  I am seriously behind on Christmas knitting this year.  I had grand plans to start in July, and I did - on some things for my kids.  I had grand plans in August, and then it didn't pan out.  I ended up missing September somehow, although I had my list ready.  And then October came and we were busy...and November we were busy.  Now it is almost December, and I haven't knit much of anything.

At first I was really stressed out.  I knew what I wanted to knit, and I knew that there was no way to get it all done.  And then I thought about the past few years when we have had a mainly handmade Christmas, and how stressed I was in the week leading up to Christmas.  I didn't want to go through that again.

However, I have to say that I feel inadequate about it.  I visit the most beautiful knitting and crafting blogs, and I think to myself, "why can't I do that?!"  I realize that what is on a blog is not always the full picture, but sometimes it is dis-heartening to realize how behind I seem to be.

Instead, I am looking forward to the time I will be spending with my kids and husband this year.  I won't be holing up in my craft room while the kids and Matt are downstairs playing - just so that I can get one more gift mostly done.  And I am finally OK with it.  That isn't to say there won't be any handmade gifts this year, absolutely there will be, but they will be fewer, and that is OK.

All that to say that I am still knitting a scarf for my niece.  I really like how it is coming along, and I have some great ideas for my other niece as well.  My own kids seem to come up with insane lists of things they want me to knit, but the one that seems to be shining the most these days are some little knit dolls - which luckily knit up super fast!

As far as reading goes, we have been reading The Christmas Day Kitten as often as possible.  It seems to be Emma's favorite story right now.  Although this then goes into the whole "I want a pet" discussion.  To which I try to tell her the chickens are our pets (sort of!), and that doesn't seem to work for her.  I don't foresee any Christmas pets making an appearance, but I can definitely see birthday pets in her future...

I am joining in to see all the loveliness on the yarn along


  1. Heather, there is always another year to knit.
    Please don't compare yourself, everyone is at different seasons in their life, some of us still have litte ones at home, while others are almost or are empty nesters. I'm glad you realize spending time with Matt and your babies is what will make it special! Hugs to you!

  2. Yup, none of us is perfect. Don't worry about the knitting!

    We haven't read that Christmas Kitten book. I'll have to see if our library has it.

  3. Oh yes, that was me last year. I've kind of given up on planning any creative gifts unless I can complete them by Novemeber, much less stress :) Sounds like you have a much more peaceful season planned now - have a lovely time x

  4. I think the fact that you are knitting anything is a great accomplishment and you'll have a happier home and you for it. As far as pets go, I feel your pain......I have a girlie in particular who is 100% dog and when we promised one when she turned ten that seemed so far away! Now we will be planning for him to arrive in the not too distant future!

  5. So good that you have made peace with our decision rather than beating yourself up. I am sure your Christmas will be just fine whatever gifts you give.

  6. Choose peace always. Easy to write, hard to live. Right?!? :)

  7. Oh I stopped knitting gifts for Christmas. My children are all grown and I wish I had spent a lot more time with them and a lot less time in the craft room.

  8. Oh Heather, I know that feeling of overwhelm oh so very well! I am so glad that epiphany found you.
    How have you been since Blogtoberfest? I just wanted to let you know that I’m hosting another (albeit gentler and more introspective) blog challenge over the month of December called #reverb12.
    Would be so rapt if you joined us!
    There’s a little giveaway too. :-)
    Details here: http://isawyoudancing.blogspot.com.au/p/reverb12.html
    Take care
    Kat xxx

  9. I know how you feel! I have so much knitting to do, so little time! Why I do this to myself every year I have no idea! Good Luck!

  10. Don't feel bad gal---knitting should be FUN not a chore. Make what you have time for and then don't worry about the rest :) Gift 'em a bottle of wine instead and have the kids make something for the rest :)

  11. As i have my third high school senior, I look at the time I have and the time I don't. I'm sad by the time I've wasted and the things that didn't get done. But I've been there for their games, their special stuff, their not so special stuff and we usually have clean underwear! I've made lots of quilts, but there's lots more I'd like to make. Ripped out a vest that just wasn't going well and re-started it with a different yarn. Finished one shawl for this year is all. Didn't read enough books, either. But some years are like that. I've stayed up until 4am on Christmas morning hand sewing bindings on quilts and you made the right decision. What a wonderful week it would be if the ideas and time would equal out - for just one week! but enjoy your family December


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