Has everyone seen the adorable knitted Christmas stamps the Post Office came out with? Too bad we're not sending Christmas cards this year. Ed and I decided we just couldn't do the "no kids yet" message for the third year in a row. I guess NPR had something on Christmas letters on this morning. Our family does Christmas letters, and most people enjoy them. It's true that many are poorly written (and long!), and don't even get me started about writing in all caps on dark red paper! I've tried to make mine more of a reflection/essay in past years, and have included a prayer or quote, too. But this whole adoption mess has taught me that we have to take care of our own hurt hearts when necessary. Even when it means bailing on a tradition for one year. We hope to have some better news later in the year.
Anyway, back to knitting: This year we're trying to be frugal with our Christmas gifts, and to include some type of giving of ourselves in them, too. So there will be lots of handmade this year (and some gift certificates of our time). I can't give away the details since many gift recipients read this blog, but here's some generalities for my to-do list.
- 2 pairs of socks (with worsted weight yarn)
- 2 pairs of mittens
- 1 hat
- 1 pair baby socks
- 2 mystery non-knit gifts
So far I have one sock and one pair of mittens done, and the mystery gifts begun. So I have my work cut out for me. But I have the craft fair and the mailed gifts all done, and I have a husband who is helping out with everything else this year (meals, shopping, laundry, cleaning). So I'm not feeling too stressed. Plus, we don't go to Philadelphia until the 27th, so I have a few extra days for gifts for Ed's family.
Other December knitting: a super soft scarf in Moda Dea Eden (in a color called Apple, but that is really more like burgandy) for my friend Kristin, who just turned the big 4-0! I knit it during the slow times at the craft fair. I'm babysitting Kristin's baby, Lincoln, today, and also will get to spend some quality time with him and her when I accompany them on a trip to Florida to visit her parents over Martin Luther King weeknd. Now that's something to look forward to: leaving Chicago in January for the Florida beach!