After Thanksgiving comes the crafting panic. Will I get everything done in time? I always seem to start later than I ought to, even tough it feels early. So, now I am knitting in every spare moment.
So far, I’ve finished 3 pairs of socks that will be holiday presents. Then I made an ornament for an ornament exchange. Sorry I can’t post pictures; I don’t want to spoil the surprise.
I have one hat to finish before I have to get everything in the mail. All of the gifts, except for the ornament, will go to Canada. The post office always recommends that parcels to Canada should be mailed no later than December 10th. Being the time minded obsessive that I am, I like to get them mailed before the USPS deadline. My self-imposed deadline is Monday, December 7th.
We are small gift givers. People I give to will get something hand knit and a book. I love knitting for people because, as I knit, I think about them. I think about other things, too, but I think about them more often than I do when I’m not knitting for them. I especially love choosing books for people. I usually take a day and go to Powell’s, armed with a list of ideas for each person. Then, I like to pick up each book, leaf through it and think if it is that just right book for them.
I always mail the parcel from the main post office downtown. I could go to a smaller one a little closer to home, but I like the ladies at the counter at the main PO. They are feisty and festive.
Once everything is in the mail, I take a little break. And then it is January: Knit Something for Yourself Month.