All over it. Um-hmm.
If you allow for timing required to wrap all the presents, I guess it’s more like T-minus 19 days! (Did you notice the snow on the page, by the way? I love WordPress.) As in years past, this Christmas will see me making most of the presents I give, and I am a bit ahead of the game … now that I said that, I bet one of my fingers falls off or something.
Here’s a partial list of ideas that I’m working from — maybe you’ll find something that gets your maker-heart excited to DIY your holiday, too!
Sockhead Hat via BohoKnits! So easy, not very exciting, but you can knock out a sock hat in second, and if you use superwash merino, or some such yarn.
What does the Fox say? The fox says I want a lovely hat to keep my fox ears warm. Seriously. This is fun to make.
Isn’t that pretty? Wait until you see the construction. THIS is a fun knit!
Maybe I’ll hunt up some fun/quick sewing projects to post later. For now, I’ve got to get cracking and keep up the pace. It’s already T-minus 18 days and 14 hours!
I know it’s advertising and everything, but still.
I already posted this to the soon-to-be-irrelevant-except-for-old-people-like-me Facebook, but am re-posting here as a reminder, largely for me, that t’s important:
Well, er, uh, what had happened was… I was trying to live the Pausch quote (just Google it, and you will find the best, most moving, and north-starriest speech ever), but it doesn’t work so well if other folks won’t play. It’s like the prisoners’ dilemma in real life where the first one to cheat the game gets the reward of all the stress. And, there is reward, I think, for some in that martyrdom, and so tempting for the rest of us to jump up on the cross, too and win at suffering. I would rather win at happy and at peace and at hard work (or the best work I can do which I hope is always in the service of lessening other’s burdens, but not making them my own.). Three months to the Camino Part 2, and it can’t come soon enough.
For real. I’m in it this week. I feel like I’m the guy and work/life is the dog.
Maybe it’s post-holiday ho-ho-humdrumness? But, I didn’t really take a break from work, so maybe it’s something else? General end of year malaise? Buyer’s remorse over my life choices? Mercury in retrograde?
I may need to do a little something for myself to get out of this funk. Shopping seems like a quick fix, but I hope I get it together and do some exercise instead. It’ll have to be the gentle kind of exercise, though. (Sean’s T-25 madness is going to have to wait for the new year.)
In case you’re feeling funky, too…might I suggest a little Tara Stiles to get your mind and your spine just right. She hasn’t failed me yet, and so I’m counting on her to bring the magic when I pop her in the DVD tonight! Tomorrow, there’ll be no stopping me!
Here is the third garment in my Edinburgh series - the Port o' Leith gansey.
This garment has twisted stitches and cables, that are reminiscent of maritime nets and rigging. It also features a deep, cowl-like collar, which is great for warding off North sea winds.
. . . but which is also detachable, for when the weather is warmer, or you wish to hail a passing vessel.
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You guys, this is a thrilling day for me. I had this funny idea for a poster exactly a year ago, when I was working on what was then to be the Fringe holiday web pop-up, now known as Fringe Supply Co. It was such a simple idea but it made me laugh: the Yarn Pyramid. ("For a balanced fiber diet.") I couldn't make it happen with the time and resources I had at that moment, and it led to the wildly popular…
A constant in my life — no matter where I live, no matter how I live, I find my local NPR and PBS stations and they bring me a modicum of comfort in new places, familiarity in strange situations, and often times, just plain old joy. (See The Weightlifting Snowman Story from This American Life. Every time. I mean, EVERY TIME I hear it, things seem a little bit better.)
PBS Digital Studios is the newest offering to catch my eye and my heart. Among other things, there’s this:
Happy Little Friday!
There was more of it this morning and yesterday evening. My head is spinning, and I’m a bit concerned about the possibility that December (which is in 17 days, by the way) will see me living in my car. Luckily, I like my car. Unluckily, I like it as a car, not a home.
That stress aside, some more stuff is happening that’s got me a bit wobbly — that stuff would be babies. Everyone is having them. All the time. They all want to swathe those little bundles of drool in hand-knits. While I’m inclined to get some stuff going for the ones I REALLY like, some of the rest of my fertile friends might have to settle for store-bought-but-still-cute-even-if-it-won’t-be-an-heirloom treats. Via, Duet Letterpress, I stumbled upon these sweets from J. Crew Baby today.
I like baby clothes that aren’t all pink and light blue and lemon and lilac, right?