Working My Fingers to the Bone

Last evening I had big plans to finish a sweater I am knitting for my daughter for Christmas. I have what seems like an endless amount of creating to do before the big man in red arrives and I just needed to finish something — ANYTHING — to give me some good energy. The sweater needed the sleeves and the collar so I set myself a goal of at least getting the sleeves done and then this happened:


Oh, I know he looks all cute now but last night he didn’t want to go to sleep — not even sit on the couch and snuggle while watching Mythbusters and Top Chef — so my knitting was severely hampered. I did manage to get almost an entire sleeve done but upon closer inspection I realized I missed some decreases and the whole thing had to be ripped out. Have I mentioned the sweater is knit with pom-pom novelty yarn? Yeah, fun.

I decided this morning, maybe I need a list so I can really get my head around what I need to finish and if I share it, you all might feel better. You can go through the next 11 day — yikes! — thinking, I have a lot to do, but I’m not as insane as that Mama Urchin, lady. So, for your mental health, here it is:

  1. Finish Katrina’s Sweater – sleeves and collar
  2. Finish Dad’s Scarf – it’s about half done now but I discovered yesterday I can knit this while following Tristan around
  3. Start and Finish a Knit for my Mom – She reads this blog so no specifics but I think it should be quick
  4. Start and Finish a Non-Knit for my Mom – Ditto above
  5. Start and Finish a Knit for my Sister – Also a reader, I’m not so sure how quick this will be
  6. Finish a Non-Knit for my Sister-in-law – Should also be quick
  7. Finish Tristan’s Hat – This will be the first thing to fall by the wayside
  8. I forgot Knit and Felt a Little Pea for Tristan – Inspired by this

And that doesn’t include the remaining gifts to be bought and the wrapping and have I mentioned Stefan’s entire family is arriving on Christmas and my brother is getting married the next weekend? One may wonder why I am sitting here typing at all?


2 Responses to “Working My Fingers to the Bone”

  1. 1 Alicia A. December 14, 2006 at 10:25 am

    Good grief, lady. Get off the computer and get crackin’!

    : )

  2. 2 Connie December 14, 2006 at 2:49 pm

    wow! good luck! you’ll be going cross-eyed! and i echo your desire to give handmade gifts, even if they are handmade by others. it’s hard, so only about 50% of the gifts i’ll be giving are handmade or thrifted. baby steps! maybe next year i’ll take up your good intentions and try for handmade all the way!

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