Christmas Countdown: 45…wait, no…40…Days

I’ve gone and done it again: overcommitted myself to knitting for the Christmas season.

Cabled Snapdragon for someone!

The problem is that it worked out pretty well for me last year, and I had a newborn and a thesis to work on. So with one in school and one sleeping through the night, and the thesis off to my department for what I hope is the last round, I thought, I should be able to accomplish even more this year.

Slip-stitch something for a family memeber

In fact, I thought, still obviously in the grip of some delirium, I should be able to make just about everything for everyone, which will be much cheaper than shopping, and also more personal!

Note to self: do not leave amigurumi book lying around where kids can find it.

Mess o'kraken tentacles, which will become a toy for my older son. Probably remarkably true to life in this phase of construction.

I need to go and listen again to that Radiolab about thinking things through all the way to the end.

Still haven't decided the fate of these yet.

(I positively adore Radiolab. My sister tried to get me into it for ages and I blew it off, and she was completely right. I should listen to her. So should you. You can download them from iTunes for free, or from

And the delusion here is not only that I can make that many things in time for Christmas, but that it will be cheaper to do so than shopping would be. I can hear the echoing guffaws and snorks of knitters everywhere, including those who own my local yarn emporia. They know me.

The real kicker is that I started this post in advance of the 45th knitting day before Christmas, hoping to post it on the 10th. Naturally…


3 thoughts on “Christmas Countdown: 45…wait, no…40…Days

  1. Lalalallalala I can’t hear you 🙂

    This year I will feel lucky if I manage to order Christmas gifts in advance off Etsy et al. More likely I’ll end up at the bookstore on the 23rd!

    The stuffed toy looks adorable! One day I’d like to make the mitts (I have the pattern and some yarn that’d work), but I just have to find the time…

    • The mitts are a super-quick knit, too. I wouldn’t have suspected, but they worked up really easily. I used Andean Silk for mine.

      I bet anything I end up at the bookstore too. Amazon always gets a lot of last-minute business from me at Christmas; not a year goes by when I don’t know exactly when is the last day to order for overnight delivery! This year is going to be a challenge, though, with Christmas on a Sunday. We’ll probably travel on Saturday and that means I have to have all of my packages by Friday. It’s going to be a challenge!

      • Good to know that the mitts are so quick. I think I might make some then, maybe for my sister?

        Bookstores/amazon are so easy for my family at least, everyone likes to read. I’m going to find out the last day for shipping too now, because if I can avoid the stores if at all possible (or really, the parking lots), that’s ideal!

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