Christmas in July

12 Jul

I struggle with paper. It’s an organizational, not an ecological problem for me. I am a stacker, a piler. My desks – at home and at school – are stacked with piles of paper. To an observer, it may appear to be a disorganized mess, but there is method to my madness. When needed, I know which pile a paper is in. The funny thing is, my computer desktop is well organized. There is a file for everything and everything is in a file.

My knitting life is similar. My yarn is organized in an eight-cubby Kallax, sorted in ways known only to me. I currently have two projects on the go – one in the living room, one in the bedroom. Both are Christmas knits. I can’t talk about one of them, lest the intended recipient catch wind of the surprise. The other is a pair of holiday socks for me. It is Christmas in July at my house.

It’ll probably be Christmas in August, too. I have to get the holiday knits finished in a timely manner so I can get them in the mail in a timely manner, so they arrive before the holidays arrive. This requires some backwards planning, which testifies to my organizational skills despite my struggles with paper. Yarn is never a struggle.

I’ll finish these socks today or tomorrow. They will sit, patiently anticipating their use sometime in December. Then I will move onto other gift knits that will remain secret until December.

11 Responses to “Christmas in July”

  1. TammyB July 12, 2022 at 8:24 am #

    I am a pile maker as well. I can usually find things pretty quickly…unless I moved or “cleaned up” the piles! I feel your pain here.
    This sentence, “It’ll probably be Christmas in August, too. ” made me crack up! Why is it that certain tasks just seem to take longer than we originally thought!?
    Thank you for your words today.

  2. Trish July 12, 2022 at 8:29 am #

    I live surrounded by piles of books, papers…job hazard! I’m not a knitter, not crafty at all, so your two-projects-simultaneously dilemma is one I’m glad I don’t have to wrestle. However, when I see those socks, big “I wish!”

  3. arjeha July 12, 2022 at 8:36 am #

    Kathy likes her piles, too. When she moves them then there is trouble because she doesn’t remember where things were moved. Yes, those Christmas projects need to be started during the summer so that they are finished in time for December.

    • Adrienne July 12, 2022 at 8:37 am #

      Students often offer to tidy. I always decline because I never know where things end up.

  4. Beth Bilson July 12, 2022 at 8:39 am #

    I make jam; blueberry, peach, sometimes I make pickles too in the summer for Christmas presents. It makes me feel like I am capturing the essence of summer in a jar.

  5. Amanda Potts July 12, 2022 at 9:19 am #

    Ah – holiday knits in July! How well I know this idea. This year, though, I’m still working on a fall tank top for me. Soon enough it will be August & I will have to go through my not-at-all organized yarn & get started!

  6. Melissa Edmonson July 12, 2022 at 9:34 am #

    I was an elementary school librarian for 29 years. At one school I had an office. About twice a year, I would have time to deal with non-emergent paperwork. I called it playing archaeologist. I was digging through the layers. If I ever won a lottery, I would hire someone to deal with the paperwork. I also have loved three bassets! Such wonderful dogs.

    Happy knitting! Melissa

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  7. karpenglish July 12, 2022 at 9:38 am #

    I always love a post with a knitting story! I am impressed that you are disciplined enough to work on your Christmas gifts in July. I knit a lot in the summer, but never seem to think about making Christmas gifts until about Halloween!

  8. Terje July 12, 2022 at 9:49 am #

    Ah, how cool. These look like happy socks. You sure are organised when it comes to getting holiday presents ready. Happy Knitting!

  9. Teachingnest87 July 12, 2022 at 1:19 pm #

    You had me with knitting. I have the same struggles with paper though my yarn is not as organized as yours.I have two Christmas knits to get working on but I have an October birthday knit to finish first. Happy knitting! Love the socks!

  10. kimhaynesjohnson July 12, 2022 at 2:42 pm #

    I love your thinking and your planning. Creative minds always have piles – whether visible or not. We loosely organize things and try to connect them in new and different ways. I am loving the socks. I almost bought a pair today in a tiny gift shop called Cranberry Corners in Dahlonega, Georgia – – they are called Solmates, they are intentionally mismatched with the same color scheme. I love the handknitted uniqueness of what you are doing.

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