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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  • Reply alovelyhomemadelife November 4, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Good luck on your holiday knitting! I’ve bitten off more than I can chew at this point in the game too. But I’m almost finished with the last pattern I want to publish before years’ end, so then it’s game on!

    I love those socks…my BFF was just knitting that same pattern last night and it almost makes me want to knit myself a pair of socks. Maybe in January… 😉

  • Reply Louise November 4, 2015 at 5:19 am

    Christmas knitting is in full swing here! Trying not to count the days to prevent panicing lol!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life November 4, 2015 at 5:49 am

      That’s exactly why I just counted weeks and not days.. Feels like less of. A big deal that way.

  • Reply iknead2knit November 4, 2015 at 5:44 am

    Christmas knitting up and running at the iknead abode and am considering draping a black cloth over the calendar to keep me from freaking out. ????

  • Reply Sarah November 4, 2015 at 6:25 am

    I decided to take the year off of knitted gifts but will of course change my mind on December 23 and try to frantically knit five gifts at that point. Your post made me smile- happy knitting!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life November 4, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Glad to hear there was a smile! That would be so me…I would decide Dead Set to forego knitted gifts and then get cold feet at the last minute. I have the same problem with the vegetable garden every year. It’s habit…

  • Reply Amanda Dymacek November 4, 2015 at 6:30 am

    You crack me up. I was just pondering Christmas knits yesterday. I have this horrible fear that no one will love them like I do. I taught myself to knit by making a hat for my brother (hello learning in the round with DPNs – its like prison, only for real) out of stunning yarn and only years later he confessed that he loved it but never wore it because it was itchy. Ugh. What’s a gal to do?

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life November 4, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Oh I know how you feel. I just know my closest girlfriends must dread opening their holiday and birthday gifts, knowing full well it’s ANOTHER knitting something or other that they really don’t need or desire. Sigh. We try.

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple November 4, 2015 at 6:49 am

    i enjoyed your humor…and your socks, they are awesome. i have yet to tackle a pair of socks!!!!!

  • Reply Jeanette November 4, 2015 at 7:06 am

    haha! post it notes…yes! such giggles in this post. I am feeling the holiday gift crunch too! socks are so pretty

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life November 4, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Post-it notes for holiday cards should be a new thing. It’s about to become a new fad on Pinterst/Intsagram/Facebook…just you wait and see.

      If only.

  • Reply Paula @ Spin a Yarn November 4, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Your Blueberry Waffle sock turned out beautiful! I love the yarn color 🙂 My Hermione socks and cardigan are now in snooze status while I turn out lots of hats and cowls for Christmas…only 7 1/2 weeks? Eek! Don’t forget to count in mailing time! I hear you about Webs (and all the other yarn sites out there)…you put in a big order and then find out about a huge sale or new colors the day of or after you’ve already ordered. I must have all the yarns!

  • Reply knittedblissjc November 4, 2015 at 8:20 am

    I hear you, I’ve got no holiday gift knitting planned, either! But I am behind on some of the baby knits I wanted to have done by this stage… never enough hours for knitting in the day! Doesn’t’ help that I’m working on a design on the sly, in a race against time for when my baby is born. Love those socks that you are working on, and hooray for good feedback on your patterns!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life November 4, 2015 at 9:02 am

      So much knitting. So little time. Sometimes the gift knitting just has to wait…that’s what birthdays are for…more evenly spread out throughout the year.

      I will look forward to your new Top Secret pattern and good luck with that baby knitting. I am dying to meet the new little one (via the Internet).

  • Reply Talya November 4, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I only have two things to knit for Christmas- my dad’s blanket, and a scarf of some kind for my mother-in-law. Most of my family would not appreciate knitted gifts, and those who do (like my Hubby) get stuff year round.

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise November 4, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I’m kind of panicking but kind of not. It’s a good feeling I have deep down in my knitting soul. I’ve prioritized and will decide who is knit worthy and who isn’t. I have my mental list going 🙂 Lovely socks!!!

  • Reply Little Church Knits November 5, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Love the blueberry waffles! And I, too, am in possession of a skein in the Well Water colorway. Wish I’d bought more…

  • Reply Alina November 5, 2015 at 6:19 am

    You make me laugh 🙂 Beautiful projects! I love the colors that you chose!

  • Reply Andi November 5, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Hah- love the prison talk. 🙂 No nothing like prison, but maybe our idea of prison. Your blueberry waffle socks are fantastic.

  • Reply bonnyknits November 8, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Love this post! I’d decided a while back that this would be a year off from knitting Christmas gifts, and I don’t regret it a bit. It’s been so nice not to have that panic and anxiety of ‘OMG CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE I MUST KNIT ALL THE THINGS!!” Now I can focus on custom orders, and maybe soon I’ll get back to fun stuff and I’ll be able to buy one of your nifty hat patterns!

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