Finishing and Plotting

I am sure you already know this…but…it’s November.

You know what this means?

It’s panic time. Holiday knits?!?

Uncork wine. Deep breaths. Or, chamomile tea (with extra honey). Xanax? Yes, please.

Consider just making cards this year. (Too tacky to simply send post-it notes? Emails? Text messages?) No hand knits. Every knitter needs a year off sometime. The pressure alone is too much. Surely this must be why God invented Target, right?

If your deadline is Hanukkah, the crunch is really on. Just 5 1/2 weeks! For you solstice lovers in the bunch, a mere 7 weeks…Even Mother Earth can’t help you now. If Christmas is your game, you’ve got a bit more time but not much: 7 1/2 weeks. Put Santa on notice.

Big time.

Unless you started your holiday knitting back in June when a smart knitter would have started (not me!), you can join me in the Up A Creek Without a Paddle Club (UCWP). Membership is free but not desirable. Like prison, but different.

Okay nothing like prison. I don’t even know where that came from.

I finished one Blueberry Waffle sock…making my way well along the second at this point thanks to an early bed time last night for my little mini (never mind the 2 1/2 hours he was awake in the middle of the night, claiming thirst, wet sheets, needs to pee {more}, not tired, read me a story even if it’s 3:00 a.m.!).  The first sock came out good minus a couple of minor glitches, but I should have stuck with the size 2 needles. Why do I always question my knitting instincts?
Also on the queue this week, I hope to finish a new pattern I have been fiddling with for a while now…some fingerless mitts (Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted in Well Water scored on clearance and no longer available…such amazing yarn…I knew I should have snatched it all up at the clearance price…Again, WHY do I not trust my knitting instincts?!*?!).  Notice how I lost yarn chicken a mere eight stitches shy?

Clearly I have bad knitting karma for some unknown reason. Perhaps not enough hats for charity?

Speaking of pattern development, thank you SO incredibly much for all your support (and purchases!) of my two latest hat patterns: Samoa and the Best Hat Ever. I am just so tickled.

Is that too dorky to say?

I am unfathomably curious to hear how they are knitting up for everyone! If you were bold enough to purchase one of the patterns, please do drop a note and let me know how it’s going…or puddle together a quick project post on Ravelry. I can’t wait to see how all the hats are turning out! Gah!

Meanwhile, my online yarn order has been placed to source all my holiday knits–mostly plans for mittens and socks with lofty aspirations for a cowl or two sourced from The Stash. More on all this soon. And don’t think I didn’t miss the irony that WEBS sent me a taunting email announcing their new 70+ shades of Madelinetosh sock yarn the DAY AFTER I placed my super huge Madelinetosh sock yarn order. Seriously. Perhaps fewer choices is better anyway. Less overwhelming. Still, WEBS, must you torture me so?

After finishing the Blueberry Waffles and mitt pattern, it’s full on Holiday Knitting. I have even decided to put my Waterlily Tee on hold until after the holidays. I am at good stopping place…finished with the stockinette and ready for the Latvian braid and lace yoke. I am at peace with the delay, even though it’s not my style. I think. Mostly I just hope I pick it back up before 2020.

That’s me: finishing some projects and plotting for more!

Linking up with Ginny and her lovely Yarn Along this morning as well as Nicole and the Craft Along. Reading Luckiest Girl Alive.


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