Tuesday, December 11, 2007

It's the Most Stress-ful Time of the Year....

Christmas is such a busy time. People who are normally very pleasant turn into animals in shopping malls. They steal the last must-have gift out of your cart, they cut you off in the parking lot, they snear and snap at everyone. Gifts must be purchased and wrapped, shipped or delivered. Cookies need to be baked and tested, cards mailed, parties attended.




Knitters are no exception. Last night, T. and I went to Stitch and Bitch where many of us were frantically knitting on presents that need to go under the tree. We stress about finishing this project so that we can move onto that one. We could fit in one more pair of socks, right? Another sweater or shawl should be doable in the next 2 weeks, yes?




I just remembered that all this stressing about knitting is distracting me from my craft. I have been forgetting the happy thoughts and warm wishes that I like to work into knitted gifts. It's time to pay attention to the wearer of my knitted gifts and weave in a little love.

8 comments:

Jill said...

If it's stressing you out, it's not worth it. I have become anti-Christmas knitting, and am much calmer because of it. Now I do "thanks for being my friend and giving good hugs" presents. And those don't ever have a deadline!

T. said...

I also re-thought my Christmas knitting purpose- tonight I spent time thinking about each stitch, not just getting it done. It's about the process for me, so it should be that way whether Christmas or otherwise.

andi said...

Aw, very sweet and well said. I wish I could say I avoided Christmas knitting for this very reason (and not just because I'm lazy).

andi

catknip said...

I think out Type A personalities do it to us. I can say that because I have one. We do put a lot of pressure on ourselves. I love you all regardless.

J. said...

Thank you for your understanding. It's hard for me to say to myself that I really don't have time for that one last gift.

I think I might be obsessive-compulsive.

T. said...

You are - but it's endearing. (this coming from another obs-comp).

catknip said...

Ipod and toilet cleaning .... hmmm.

Anonymous said...

wait does that meaning I won't be geting anything knitted for Xmas from J.?.........KIDDING!!
Love D.