A Knitter’s Pledge

Knitters, if you haven’t had a chance to check out Monday’s post on tips to spruce up your knitting blog, please be sure to check it out. There’s a little something in there for everyone!

I never made a formal list (or spreadsheet, like some people do), but this was my original in-my-head knitting list for holiday gifting:

Oh, and I was going to finish one new design and start another. And I wasn’t going to start until November. Of 2015 (not 2014).

Plus I was planning to sleep.

I think the yarn fumes got to me. Or someone has been slipping a little something funny into my wine every evening. I wouldn’t rule it out.


I was going to turn this great big pile of sock yarn (Madelinetosh Sock in various colorways, by the way) into actual socks. And then some.

Hello insane asylum?




So far, I have knit one sock that was too small, one pair of toddler socks, two pairs of mittens (one bright pink and one utterly undyed after the shock of the pink pair…), and one holiday stocking.

That’s it.

I am short seven pairs of socks, some toddler socks, two stockings, a couple of cowls, and a bunch of design work.

Here’s thing: I give up. Waving the white flag (hand-knit scarf).

I am going to finish the pair of socks below for my mom and a second pair for my aunt. I think that is doable by Christmas. Neither needs to be shipped. The other five pairs can wait until various birthdays toward the beginning of the year, which is much more reasonable anyway. My whole sock obsession hit hard and, honestly, got a little out of hand.



I am not going to feel bad about it either. I have already finished a (relative) ton of knitting. I have been enthusiastically knitting my little heart out whenever I can, in fact. This is, after all, a knitter’s duty. That unofficial oath we all take every time we buy new knitting needles (you didn’t notice the fine print on the back of the package either?).

Thou shall knit thou’s heart out and make gifts for friends and family each holiday season.

And birthdays.

And basically anything that could be considered a Special Occasion.

Failing to do so will result in an infestation of moths.

I have met my pledge. And then some. Instead of fretting on everything I haven’t knit, I am going to marvel in everything I have finished, pour a glass of wine, and knit a little bit slower.


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  • Reply alovelyhomemadelife December 9, 2015 at 5:16 am

    I’m right there with you! On top of everything, I’ve decided to get a small accessories collection ready to release in early February so, bye bye gift knitting time. I’m just going to finish hand quilting a quilt for my son, machine quilt a little blanket for my daughter, and call it a day 🙂 Those other knits will just have to wait, as you say!

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise December 9, 2015 at 5:40 am

    you are funny 🙂 I have my list on paper and in order of priority. No one knows but me who is getting knit gifts so I enjoy myself when I accomplish each little or big goal!

  • Reply Heather December 9, 2015 at 5:58 am

    I realized in October that there was no way I was going to get anything knit for Christmas this year. I am trying to make my mom some fingerless mitts and a cowl, and even that might turn into a 12th day of Christmas gift 🙂

  • Reply Tina December 9, 2015 at 6:02 am

    At least you have a list, I don’t but I only knit gifts for my Mom and two knitting friends. The rest of the knitting is for me, selfish I know, but I have found over the years non-knitters/crocheters do not value hand made gifts or the time. 🙂

  • Reply woolythymes December 9, 2015 at 6:21 am

    I was sort of on top of my list, feeling rather smug about the upcoming season, when I talked to my DIL and got sort of slammed that all 7 of them in the family would really like dorm/sleep socks!!! Really???? (I had planned on making her and my son some anyway, so it was really just a 5 pair slam) Then, hubby saw some of the Cascade holiday self-striping sock yarn and thought this would look really great with his new Christmas shirt!!! And then, someone released that Star Wars hat—and my daughter was all over that one. eeep! Sigh. I’ve had to crank things up a notch over here!!!

  • Reply Donna December 9, 2015 at 6:36 am

    I usually start in mid November with a list such as yours. I got realistic this year – finally! Two pairs of adult socks, 2 hats and a cup cozy. That’s it. I may weave a scarf somewhere in there if I get time at the end. I’m glad you came to your senses before your hands became permanently disabled there!

  • Reply Alina December 9, 2015 at 7:07 am

    You are so wise to let go of a knitting holiday stress!! Just relax and enjoy!

  • Reply Paula @ Spin a Yarn December 9, 2015 at 7:17 am

    I feel you! I made a pledge to my in-laws back in October (which seemed very doable) that I would make every one of them hats for Christmas, then got a request from two of my SIL’s for cowls. Then my sister passed and I made nine hats for her family. Now, I’ve only got one adult hat, one child hat and one cowl complete for the in-laws. And it’s 12/9! I think I will have to take a step back too 🙁

  • Reply caffeinegirl December 9, 2015 at 9:29 am

    The really fine print says that guilt over knitting is prohibited!
    Your original goal was completely unobtainable — unless you are planning to give up sleep for much of the fall!

  • Reply Kimberly Bee December 9, 2015 at 10:38 am

    If I can finish the two hats that I keep starting over (and over), maybe I will try socks! If it’s obsession worthy! Good for you for having a reality check and gladly letting some projects go until the new year. Lots of knitting to look forward to!

  • Reply Stefanie December 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Awww…you tried. Socks are ambitious even if they’re vanilla ones b/c they come in two’s and have many parts to be knitted. You can keep on knitting socks and save them for next Christmas? I’d love to knit socks for my usual list of eight adults. I may try it one year.

  • Reply Eileen December 9, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    i think what was completed is amazing. I have so few hand knits for Xmas and I’m not feeling guilty at all;-)

  • Reply iknead2knit December 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I swear off holiday knitting every year when midnight Christmas Eve finds me sobbing and clutching a half knitted sock. Then, the day after Christmas, I start planning more Christmas knitting. : )

  • Reply Little Church Knits December 10, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Thank you for voicing everything we knitters have been feeling for weeks 🙂

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