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