Deck the Halls with Yarns of Folly

Last night in a fatigue and Christmas-fueled haze, I came across these patterns. "What a great idea!" I thought. "I can make play food for M.M. rather than spending all that money buying it." Then I thought, "Hey, I should also make a couple of little stuffed animals for my nephew!"

"I'm almost done with the second sock, so I'll have plenty of time," I thought. "And they're little, so I'll get them done really fast!" So I ordered yarn. In five colors.

This morning I woke up and remembered a few things. To wit:

• I also promised to make my nephew a Christmas stocking, as called for by family tradition.
• I actually didn't finish M.M.'s stocking last year, and I'd like to do a little more decorative work on it.
• These are Christmas presents. Meaning, I can't knit them in front of M.M., who is now old enough to be surprised Christmas morning – and to demand to play with toys before Christmas if she knows about them.
• I'm a slow knitter.
• There are only 2 weeks left before Christmas.
• I can't feel smug about other people's Christmas panic knitting plans if I'm in the same state of mind.

I've been knitting madly on the still-to-be-finished sock this morning, so that when the yarn comes I'll be ready to jump right in.


Norma said...

I just read your comment at Mamacate's asking for bulky mitten patterns for 2-year-olds. I came over to recommend a book: Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns. It has patterns for hats, mittens, vests, scarves, and sweaters in all gauges and sizes starting at 2 years all the way through adult, so you can do what you need to do. I use it all the time for lots of things, and it's great -- well worth the money!

Bethany said...

Hee hee-- that's why I'm here too. "Adorable Knits for Tots" has a toddler mitten pattern-- it's for worsted weight yarn, but for 2-year-old hands, I can't imagine they're too many stitches anyway. I haven't made them yet, but they've been on the list for a while. Guess my kid will have cold hands too...