I am the kind of girl who likes to celebrate holidays in their respective months. No Christmas carols before December 1st, thank you very much. Okay, maybe after Thanksgiving, but don't push it. But when the thought crossed my mind that I wanted to knit many of the gifts this year for Handmade Holiday, I faced a hard truth: I'm just going to have to start thinking about Christmas. In August. Can you believe my sacrifice?
Even though N8tr0n has a job this year, the success of last year's Handmade Holiday leaves me craving a round two. Of course we could buy all of our gifts, but what's the fun in that? I especially like that making all of our Christmas presents gives me a solid excuse to squeeze some quality crafting time into my weekly schedule.
I had completely forgotten how much fun it was to plan last year's Handmade Holiday. I already have post-it-notes all over the house with lists of people, gifts, and yarn colors. Yes, knitting will play a starring role in this year's gifts, but there will be plenty of variety too. I can tell I'll spend some nights lying awake in my bed trying to come up with something perfect for a few of the people on my list, while I try to narrow down the possible perfect somethings for the rest of the people on my list. All this excitement and the making has barely begun! Mmm...this is gonna be awesome.
Last night I started on one of Z-cakes' gifts. This adorable sweater. Oh my heavens. I kind of want to marry the Spud & Chloe yarn I'm using to make it. The pattern says this sweet little sweater is a quick knit. A weekend project. But I've got four months, so I'm trying to savor it. Stretch it out a little. I know the moment it is finished I will just want to put it on her and think of something else to make her for Christmas. Which I'm already doing right now.
Thinking of something else to make. It's pretty much what I'm always doing.
What about you? Have you ever done a Handmade Holiday? Would you consider it? Are you considering it now?
How about now?