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December 20, 2007

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elizabeth m

I don't make big knitting plans for Christmas: it would ruin two pleasurable things for me. If I do happen to have something done at the right time for the right person, I go with it. If not, I find something else.

Cheri

My husband shook his head when I said "I don't knit for Christmas" and pointed out all of the gifts I've knitted for gifts over the years. I explained to him that I don't knit gifts (as a rule) for Christmas after the end of September. Tho, this year I knit my mom socks in November (but she has tiny feet...children's size 2). In the past two days I've knitted two sweaters for my daughter's webkinz only because I refuse to spring for a store bought sweater for a stuffed animal when I have a ton of odd yarn laying around begging for a little project. Girl Child will be getting the sweaters for Christmas. But no, I don't knit for Christmas...too much stress.

Jeanne B.

I keep returning to the illusion that I can save money and be more unique if I whip up something on the needles rather than try to shop commercially. That said, there are two male relatives on my list who are still waiting for the half-finished Scarves of 2006. And will continue to wait. Because in January, I set them aside for a minute and promptly forgot about them until yesterday.

LizzieK8

I do that every year. I make a chronological list of all the gifts I give in a year. I try to make their birthday and Christmas gifts in the same month. Or at least come up with a plan for the gifts. It's so much easier if I don't have to agonize about what to make.

Does this friend have a blog or Ravelry club we can join????

Kelly

We do it for that one present and that one person that all just fits together perfectly. I *finally* got that this year with a vest I knit my Gram(inLaw). The vest looked gorgeous and turned out much better than I'd anticipated and when I gave it to her she almost cried and was, truly, speechless. She kept trying to say how much she loved it and thank me but would just end up gaping like a fish and pulling me into a(nother) hug.

The warm and fuzzy from that should carry me well into another few years of Christmas knitting.

urbanknitrix

I figured I would come out of lurkedom to answer this one.

I am such a procrastinator that it would be a sad joke for me to say I will be knitting for Xmas, I said that last year - knitting a clapotis for the MIL, and then it was suppose to be for her bday and it didn't get done until Mother's Day. If I wanted to complete a knitted gift for Christmas 2008, I would have to start December 2007.

Jodi

As a woman who was up until 1:00 am last night, grafting toes together on two pairs of socks for teachers, I feel your pain! Now I sit here and wonder if they will actually appreciate the socks, knit on hand-dyed yarn, or if they'll look at them and think "Ugh, Salvation Army pile for you."

Maybe I should just pick up Starbucks gift certificates on the way to the school...

Diane

Knitting for Christmas! Ha! Maybe next year :)

merryanne

I used to labor over handknit gifts. Imagining the recipient's delight and joy and appreciation. After I gifted beautiful silk and mohair arm warmers to someone last year and she NEVER wore them (seriously, not even the obligatory, oh let's see how these fit). I decided handknit gifts ONLY go to knitters. You must be in the guild to appreciate otherwise, you just waste my time. Merry Christmas.

robinv

here I sit at my desk at work cranking out a knitted beanie to give the nephew in law....tomorrow when they show up at my door. I have to chuckle because I forgot he loves knitted hats and that I waited so long to start. Big needles, chunky yarn. woo hoo!

Katie

The Christmas sweaters I was knitting for my boys? I bought 2 sweaters at Target yesterday.

While there is feasibly time (one is 80% finished, just one sleeve left and then stitching the pieces together), I decided that I didn't want to be knitting straight for the next 3 days and possibly on Christmas Day (like I did last year).

I did knit one scarf "just because" but I think I'm going to keep it for myself. lol

beth

The kids' teachers all got Dunkin Donuts gift certificates.

The knit a gift a month club would only work out for me if we're starting out with our knitting for 2007. I'm still catching up on a December birthday. The truth is, for the past 2 weeks, I haven't been able to put down the sweater I'm knitting for myself-sad but true.

ZaZa

Well, you know, I was looking at some pics from the Fall and Winter runway shows, and the berets? They are huge. Big deflated popovers that hang down the back of your neck and flop over your ears huges. So, big beret = good thing. /;+)

Oxtails? Next time try fish heads.

gina L

This is the first year that I have knit any Christmas gifts. I only set out to do it because I had a little more time and I didn't really care if I finished them in time. They are all for my kids they will get them eventually. Knitting under pressure would take away all the fun. Your friend's club is an excellent idea!

Lora

I live in constant fear that the gifts I knit will fall apart on the first use. Then I have to remind myself that I have knit several things for my 5 year old SON and he's pretty tough on stuff and it's all held up well. But still...my brother requested an Irish fisherman's sweater and I obliged, but I will not be happy until I know it fits well and that he's worn it without disintegration. Talk about love...that sucker took over 7000 feet of yarn and 6 months of my life!

Carolyn

I think I need to start knitting my projects now to *maybe* get them done for next year's Christmas.

Katie V.

I've sworn off gift knitting unless the recipient specifically makes a request or if it's a person who truly appreciates handknits (that is, my mom). MIL? No freakin' way...been burned way too many times. I have a fun idea for next year for her, though...pretend I'm knitting her something spectacularly awful, so she can stress about it for months, then she'll just get the usual store-bought stuff as usual. Hee hee!

Lauren

OK, so I had it all together this year, I did; however, when the one bag felted it was not grown-up size-it was five year old size. Then, just to spite me, another one ended up just too funky for my non-funky relative. Now I'm in full up panic mode and knitting acres of stockinette for new felted bags.
They are due to be given on Monday. I'm going to dry them on top of fans.
Nope, no fear here, none at all.

john

i don't know why, but the phrase "fake bulgari" just made me throw up in my mouth.

Cambria

I knit for one or two special friends every year. the ones that i know will love what they get and use it well. but this year i broke that rule and knit for a secret santa co-worker and she just didn't have the reaction that i'd have expected. lesson learned. never again will i waste Kid Silk Haze on a non-knitter, or someone who i am not close enough to for them to understand the obsession and quality of KSH

Sheri

Off the subject, but I just saw the your interview in the new KnitScene - very funny! Loved the psychic's prediction about your book and your pattern pictured in the issue is very cute - Congratulations!

LA

Just finished cable scarf for relative, but NOT for Christmas, unh-uh--- his birthday is December 26---

Corbie

Ha. The only people I knit Christmas presents for are my two nephews (ages 8 and 5, this year). They REALLY appreciate them: kids this age don't fake appreciation well, and my sis called me after I knitted their first pairs of socks a few years ago to complain that I'd got them hooked on colored socks, so she'd had to go to Target and buy them all new socks, as they would no longer wear their white socks.

This year I was determined to get their socks done earlier so I wasn't scrambling at the last minute to get them done. Upon getting them out to pack & mail, I found -- a moth hole in one of the younger nephew's socks. Fortunately I'd already ordered their other present from Amazon (delivered directly to them), so the socks can be late and it will be fine.

Everyone else who gets knitted presents from me gets them because I felt like knitting them, not because it's a gift for a particular occasion or holiday. Life is better that way. When the gift is done, it's given. Call them "un-birthday" presents... Much less pressure!

Corbie

Ha. The only people I knit Christmas presents for are my two nephews (ages 8 and 5, this year). They REALLY appreciate them: kids this age don't fake appreciation well, and my sis called me after I knitted their first pairs of socks a few years ago to complain that I'd got them hooked on colored socks, so she'd had to go to Target and buy them all new socks, as they would no longer wear their white socks.

This year I was determined to get their socks done earlier so I wasn't scrambling at the last minute to get them done. Upon getting them out to pack & mail, I found -- a moth hole in one of the younger nephew's socks. Fortunately I'd already ordered their other present from Amazon (delivered directly to them), so the socks can be late and it will be fine.

Everyone else who gets knitted presents from me gets them because I felt like knitting them, not because it's a gift for a particular occasion or holiday. Life is better that way. When the gift is done, it's given. Call them "un-birthday" presents... Much less pressure!

Corbie

Oops, sorry for the double-post.

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