A Knitter’s Pledge

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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.

WHAT WAS I THINKING?

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?

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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.

 

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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.

 

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams. Reading Kitchens of the Great Midwest.

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