Stitching Status: Fatigue

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December is always an exhausting month for me. The semester is coming to a close so there are papers to grade and final projects to review. My full time job is ramping up for our big trade show right after the new year, so just when you hope things will slow down it’s just starting to get fired up. I’ve got holiday shopping to do and the stores are already insane. And I have an endless amount of laundry that continues to pile up when all I really want to do is lay on the couch, snuggle the dogs and knit. My husband and I agreed that things just might not be normal for us for a while and we can’t do everything. So I’m not stressing out over any of it because then I’ll get sick.

On a positive note, I’m on to the third color on the pullover I’m making my husband. I think his sweater may be my last for 2017…I may be able to squeak in a new one for myself with some worsted weight yarn (Merry Christmas to me). We shall see. But I’d love to finish his and then whip up a matching one for Cher and take our annual family photo and be okay with that. No knits for holiday gifts since I just gave my Mom a sweater for her birthday in October and my sister Anne a vest for her birthday in November. New family knits can come in the new year. So does anyone else find December as exhausting as I do? Anyone planning on making knits for gifts?

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13 thoughts on “Stitching Status: Fatigue

    • I’ve been so exhausted at the end of the night, usually passing out on the couch before I drag myself to bed. But you have the advantage…I have it with me today if you want to see it!

  1. I feel your December pain. Iโ€™m already behind on everything and the month just started.
    My gift to myself is not knitting Christmas gifts. Iโ€™ll give at other times during the year but not crazy time:)
    I hope you find a few moments to relax and enjoy the season:)

    • Yeah I don’t like the pressure of a Christmas deadline, so I’m going to knit myself a hat when this is all done LOL I need a new one and it’s getting cold.

  2. I thought I’d start knitting my gifts early this year and then when December comes I wouldn’t have to be stressed out. Somehow I failed with that, I won’t be able to knit everything that I’ve planned. But I’m not too worried about that, if I give something later it’s still fine.
    Hopefully you find some time for yourself in all this December madness though!

  3. I am sooooooo totally super not making any knitted gifts this year for Christmas. It’s not that people are undeserving, it’s just I’ve been distracted recently. This year I’ve focused on knitting for people at random times during the year and giving them a surprise not on their birthdays and not at Christmas. This allows me to have freedom at Christmas time and knit (or crochet, or cross stitch) whatever I want while also making people happy with my knitting on days other than Christmas. I got this philosophy worked out one year ago and it works pretty well. This year, as with last, no one is getting a hand knit for Christmas for me. However, they will get one some other random day of the year!

    • Yeah I’ve been kind of doing the same thing, when the mood strikes I make it! When I feel pressured to do something then I don’t want to do it.

  4. I am with tonymarkp, at least to the extent that I don’t give knitted Christmas gifts. We’ve got four December birthdays within shouting distance of Christmas, and then four more in January, so I tell people that if they’re going to get something knitted from me, it will be for the birthday. That way, I can at least stagger the completion dates and not have everything come due on the 25th. In recent years, we’ve moved a number of times and learned what it is to have too much stuff, so our Christmas now focuses on faith, music, and family gatherings… with just a few little trinkets to exchange on Christmas morning. I know this wouldn’t work for everybody, but it has certainly eased our stress levels. Wishing you joy as you pursue your own traditions… I do remember how beautiful DC is at Christmas!

  5. I, too, am at the end of the term and facing a nice slog through the grading. The only holiday knitting I’m doing this year is making my partner a sweater. She chose the pattern, and we agreed on the yarn, so that’s my main holiday gift for her even though there’s no way it’ll be done by the end of the year. That’s okay. Enjoy the holidays; I’m going to be in DC for part of it. I’ll send you a note!

  6. I feel a bit better because we’re buying gifts this year. I told my husband I needed a break from all the knitting otherwise I’d need carpal tunnel surgery and enough was spent on my grill. Please don’t stress. I don’t want you to get sick. I’m the same way.

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