Knitted cap

Last night while wrapping gifts, I realized that I’m flying to Texas next week for Christmas. Yay! I am really looking forward to playing with the family dog, taking long walks with my mom, lounging on the couch and watching movies with my dad, people watching at the mall with my brother. You get the idea. I go into holiday mode where all pants have an elastic waist (or are yoga pants and hang precariously close to Plumberville), all sunrises are happily missed for hours of extra sleep, all meals are consumed with loved ones and my normal diligent routine isn’t just put aside. It’s run over by reindeer, trampled and forgotten in the front yard like a heap of dirty snow no one wants to shovel.
As my friend Homer J. Simpson would say, “WOO HOO!”

Between now and then? Well, that’s another story. Like many of you, the next week will be a test of strength. How much eggnog can I consume? To how many holiday parties can I wear the same generously stretchy black dress? How many empty boxes can I stack in my studio, waiting to be refilled and sent full of homemade goodies?

Girly hat

I haven’t knit many Christmas gifts this year, mainly because they are so incredibly time consuming. I can sew like Speedy Gonzalez, but my knitting is on par with Eeyore. These hats have been sent off. I wanted to doll up the green one a bit, so I added the fabric flower and hand-stitched it on a pin so it can be removed if the recipient isn’t as fond of it as I am.

flower close up

This week, I’m trying to finish up this sweater. I’m so darned close, but I very well may be found in an exhausted heap of purl one, knit one ribbing — my knitting Lex Luther. I’ve got 4.5 more inches of ribbing before the turtleneck is complete. Maybe I should be drinking Red Bull instead of red wine when working on this…