Countdown to the Holidays

It’s the 26th of October. Do you know what that means?

It’s less than two months until Christmas!!!

Have you started gift planning? Shopping? Making?

I have started planning, shopping and making. Every year I try to make and buy something for everyone in my immediate family and incorporate something made into my work gift exchange. So a few weeks ago I made myself a checklist in Evernote while getting to know the program. It basically looks like this:

  • Mum
  • Sister
  • Nephew 1
  • Niece 1
  • Niece 2
  • Nephew 2
  • Great-Nephew
  • Brother
  • Sister-in-Law
  • Work

But with checkboxes and sub-headings for made and bought.

Nephew 2’s gift is made and a book bought. I may still get a little something extra. I have started knitting great-nephew’s gift. The ladies, including Niece 1 (who moved into her first apartment last week) are getting a set of cloths. They will each get one from each of my patterns, including the one currently in production and the one in testing now. So will my work exchange recipient. I have two of those twenty cloths finished. Nephew 1 will probably get a hat. Brother will get a hat and maybe two cloths. He always says “What about me? I do dishes too!” when his girl-friend exclaims over her pink dishcloths. It’s her favourite colour. So I may make a few in “male” colours for him this year. I’m not sure yet for Niece 2. I know I’m buying her knitting supplies since she’s restarted knitting but I haven’t decided what I’m making her yet.

i still have a lot to do in the next two months!!!

A little review for you…

Yesterday my mother, niece, great-nephew and I went shopping a few towns over. While there I picked up a few knitting magazines. I’ll review those at a later time. But today I thought I’d start with the freebies included with one of those magazines, Knit Today.

Knit Today extras
Knit Today extras

Included were a mini pattern booklet, a row counter and a knitting gauge. The row counter will come in handy. And the knitting gauge is cute. I always need more of those and this one fits inside my smallest notions bag. The booklet includes four cushion patterns, two crocheted and two knit. I’m glad to see both represented. I’m not sure I’ll knit or crochet the patterns though. With two cats and a dog I don’t think a beaded cushion is practical for my home. But I do like its look. I do like the colourwork pattern-I’m just not ready for that much colourwork yet. But this bit from the editor, Rosee Woodland, in her editor’s letter stuck me:

Nothing makes a house a home like something handmade…

While it’s often not the sentiment of today’s interior decorators, it is something I believe. It’s reminded me I need to make more than dish and wash cloths for my patterns and my home. And that I need to finish that afghan I started crocheting a few years ago for myself and the one for my brother and sister-in-law. And our two littlest ones haven’t had Auntie-crocheted afghans yet. So it looks like I’ll be working on a lot of afghans next year. I’m not attempting any until Christmas gifts are done.

2 thoughts on “Countdown to the Holidays

  1. Hey there, I found you via the NaBloPoMo blogroll.

    I start the shopping on December 26th. 😉 I already have all my gift wrap as well. I’m a little OCD that way, plus, I *love* gift wrap and we Costco, so.. I have a 36 metre roll of foil wrap.

    As part of NaBloPoMo I try to comment on as many participating blogs as I can, and I add participating blogs to my feed reader.

    So I’m just dropping by to let you know I’ve added your blog to my feedreader, I’m reading you loud and clear, I have a link up going at my place so my readers can find participating blogs which you are more than welcome to add your blog link to.

    Looking forward to seeing your posts, and you’ll likely see me drop by again during November.

    Happy NaBloPoMo to you!

    1. Good Luck & Happy NaBloPoMo!

      Thank you for adding me to your feed reader! I appreciate it and will add you to mine as well. I’ll add my blog to the list on your site too. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the other bloggers participating in NaBloPoMo!

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