Can We Talk About Self Care For A Moment?

This is one of the craziest weeks of the year.  In addition to all the things that have to be done in a typical week, there is a whole layer of Christmas related things to get done.

It can be overwhelming.  Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, everything is just so much busier and more hectic right now that even the most routine tasks seem to take longer and require more patience.

It doesn't help that we've had to stop everything to shovel snow several times in the past 5 days and we are having new floors installed in our basement this week (I don't know what we were thinking when we booked that).

This week, I'm resolving to be extra gentle and forgiving with myself.  It's ok if I purchase frozen meals for my family a few times this week.  It's ok if I good to bed 1/2 and hour early with a good book.  It's ok if all of the gifts aren't beautifully wrapped like all the gifts I see on Pinterest. It's ok that the kittens have destroyed our tree and there are no ornaments left on the bottom half of it.   It's ok if I get a little behind with the laundry.

I will make time every day this week for some mindless knitting.  I will find time for a long soak in a hot bath this week.  I will ask my husband and kids to help out a bit more with the housework this week.

What are you doing to take care of yourself this week?

A Knitting Themed Christmas

While I was out grocery shopping last week, I came across these lovelies...

That would be a knitting themed table cloth and some knitting themed napkins. I was so excited, that I bought lots of both!  (For my Canadian friends, I found them at Real Canadian Superstore and have since been told that they have also been spotted at Loblaws.)

I immediately started texting the friends and family who will be joining us for Christmas this year. Weirdly, they were not excited.  Go figure.

As it happens, I am the only yarnie in my family and group of friends, so there will be no one here on Christmas day to share in my excitement; but I won't let that stop me!

I have gotten out my knitting themed wrapping paper:
The photo is a bit fuzzy (sorry about that), but that is a stockinette pattern on the left and a fair isle pattern on the right.  I picked these up at Target last Christmas just before Target went out of business in Canada.  I have more.  Lots more.

I have half-jokingly been telling everyone that I am going to plan a full blown knit themed Christmas this year.  I have threatened them with  joked about:

  • Centre-pull skeins of yarn instead of Christmas crackers.(though there are nice patterns to knit your own Christmas crackers).  
  • Each centre-pull skein will contain a joke, a knitted crown and a small knitting notion (stitchmarkers, point protectors, etc.)
  • Instead of cutlery, we can all use chopsticks in the form of bamboo knitting needles.
  • Our family already has a knitted advent calendar - 24 mini stockings that I knit and embroidered with numbers.  
  • knitted wine cozies for the table
  • A knitted centrepiece.
  • Knitting themed games like 'What Animal am I?' where players fondle yarn samples and try to guess the species.  Bonus points for specific breeds like guessing Corriedale instead of just guessing sheep.
  • Or we could give everyone needles and yarn and make up gauge numbers and the first person to get gauge wins.  (too much?)
Am I missing anything?  What would you include in your knitting themed Christmas?

Holiday and Charitable Knitting

We celebrate Christmas in our family.  This is our Christmas tree; the kids decorated it yesterday.  

A lot of knitters are busily knitting Christmas and holiday gifts right now.  The pressure is on with less than 4 weeks to go before the big day. I am not one of those knitters.  

I do not do Christmas knitting.  Does that make me a bad knitter?  I have opted out of Christmas knitting because: 
  • The pressure of finding the right patterns and yarns for multiple people, then finding the time to knit the gifts is too stressful for me
  • I do not need any more deadlines in my life
  • I barely have time to knit the 300+ items in my queue as it is
  • It is not feasible for me to knit for everyone .  Some people I love would be left out and that would make me feel bad
I do knit for my loved ones.  I just choose not to attach the gift of knitting to a holiday or special occasion.  If I knit for you, I like you a lot.  That's the only reason I need.  

Lots of knitters are also busy with charitable knitting this time of year. Collectively, fibre artists are a generous and giving community. We are good people with big hearts who really step up for a good cause.  While I knit for charities on occasion, I more often donate yarn to knitters and the causes they knit for.  

Here are some charitable knitting opportunities that I have noticed this year: 
These are only 3 of the many, many charitable knitting and crocheting opportunities out there.  If you have a charitable knitting cause that is close to your heart please leave it in the comments so knitters and crocheters can find it and also, let me know what you are knitting this holiday season.