Wednesday, November 08, 2006


The past few weeks have been filled with heavy news coming at us from all directions. It's been weighing on my mind, and has kept me from completing anything - though I have lots of projects in the works. I've picked Rykert's anniversary sweater back up, and have a mere 18 days to get it finished. I'm also working on a whole bunch of small projects for an upcoming craft sale to benefit The Preemie Project. Those need to be finished by the weekend, and then it will be back to the gift knitting.

I know that a lot of knitters refuse to knit Christmas gifts because of the potential stress associated which takes away from the joy that should come with the craft of knitting. Or they don't believe that the recipient of the knitted gift will appreciate the blood, sweat, tears, and time that went into the creation of the finished item. These types of discussions remind me of the Draft Craft Manifesto written by Hobby Princess, which I believes really goes to the heart of why people craft. I like to make things, and I put a lot of myself into the things I create. I particularly enjoy creating things specifically for other people (choosing the form, the color,etc). To that end, the gifting (including the wrapping and presentation) and receipt of the item completes the process from which I derive so much joy.

Which leads me to this conclusion, I'm now realizing that I may have bitten off more than I can chew in the holiday knitting category. I was overly ambitious in what I could physically accomplish. Though I did try to make an early start of it (and have a couple of items completed), I am now admitting to myself that I will not finish everything that was planned. I am giving myself permission to relax and complete what I can. The rest of the plans will be bonus New Year's gifts or something. So, to my friends and family - if you do not receive a handknit gift from me this Christmas it is merely because there are only 24 hours in a day and I have to work and sleep, and it is not because I love you any less.

Is anyone else crafting gifts this holiday season?

5 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

PlanetJanet said...

Good for you in giving yourself the gift of being reasonable so that you can preserve your own joy.

I'm not crafting anything for Christmas gift-giving. I think I've decided I want to focus on giving handknitted items at birthdays instead . . . or those unexpected occasions when the recipient isn't expecting anything. ;-)

The only crafting I will do is with my kids -- salt dough ornaments, gingerbread cookies, and those cheapy little foam craft kits they enjoy so much.

Debbie said...

I'm making a socks for my son and my ex-husband. Neither of them will be expecting them. I do think they'll be impressed that you can actually make socks yourself, as I don't think either one of them will have considered that. They probably won't be tremendously excited by them, but, as you say, I like the process.

I think two pairs of socks are reasonable, but I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by the craft sales I've committed to. My last one is December 1, hopefully I won't be burned out by then.

Debbie said...

Uh, that's "a pair of socks" not "a socks." Too bad I type for a living, eh?

Wool Winder said...

I have one hat to make for Christmas and maybe a felted item or two. I usually give something handcrafted on birthdays instead of Christmas. That way it's spread out through the year.

Knittripps said...

I really wanted to give hand knit Christmas gifts this year, but it just isn't going to happen. I have been consumed by baby blankets and now the sweater for my hubby. Oh well. We will be gifting homemade canned jalapeno jelly. Does that count?

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