Christmas Panic Crafting amongst other Christmas Panics

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We’ve had a light smattering of snow and the Christmas tree is up courtesy of hubby and son. But it’s happened again – Christmas is almost upon us and I am starting to panic about not being organised enough!

Hubby is always difficult to buy for and handknits for him are a no-no, he just doesn’t appreciate them so I can’t do an emergency knit for him. I can usually get away usually with gifting a hat and that’s about it (but I did that last year!)

A stinker of a cold arrived at the end of last week and it’s really knocked me for six. Having not left the sofa for days, fuelled only on hot honey and lemon drinks I haven’t got a lot done.

It’s imperative I finish knitting two items before the 25th and I hope I will get those done, but I sit looking longingly at a little pile of fabric on the dresser and I think amongst other things ‘thank goodness it’s Christmas next year, the table runner I’d planned will be lovely next year..’.  Practically every year it comes to December and I haven’t quite got my Christmas ‘act’ together.   I like to be spontaneous, perhaps that’s why I can’t bring myself to start planning too far ahead. I am not one of those people who start creating in January ready for December.

greenyarnThis teal ball is turning into something I can’t share here yet.  Let’s just say it involves 2 sticks and a little counting here and there.

So in my five minutes of lucidity this afternoon, I’ve knitted two rows, ripped back one, knitted two more, squinted at the last wondering if the pattern sits right,  then I’ve blogged here.

Later on I need to plan food for 24th, 25th and 26th December.  I at least need to think about what we’ll eat and how long it all takes to get it together and what allergies and preferences guests have. This year so far there are no vats of soup or yummy cakes in the freezer. What have I been doing I ask myself?

Oh well, back to the couch for a bit.


12 thoughts on “Christmas Panic Crafting amongst other Christmas Panics

    shazza said:
    December 12, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Oh dear. I’m not really a crafty person so buy most of my gifts. You could give yourself a budget and a break this year and buy from xmas craft fairs and independent shops. Maybe just send cards to family and donate to a charity instead of sending out to friends. Wil and I usually treat ourselves to a night out or night away instead of Xmas presents. Good Luck ! X

      tinaor responded:
      December 13, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks for your ideas. Nearly all my cards have been sent already – that was one thing I had done early this year. I always try and buy from at least one craft fair pre Christmas (this year lovely soaps) and support independent shops too – where would we be if everyone only shopped online ? – I am a great advocator of using independents when possible and crow about it to anyone that will listen ! (Likeminds here I guess.) Feeling a little better today so am on the up, so hopefully will catch up with a few things towards the end of this week. Thanks again!

        shazza said:
        December 13, 2017 at 4:07 pm

        Oh good. Glad things are looking more positive! X

    Kate said:
    December 13, 2017 at 1:58 am

    I hope you’re feeling better soon! I’m behind on my Christmas shopping and crafting, too. And I don’t have the excuse of having been sick.

      tinaor responded:
      December 13, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you Kate. Feeling a lot better today – so I might be on the mend and back on track soon. This year being sick has been an added disadvantage – usually it’s just general chaotic life that throws me!

    Dartmoor Yarns said:
    December 13, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Sorry to hear you’ve not been week, but glad you’re on the mend. Aren’t men just so hard to buy for! Good luck with getting things finished. xx

      tinaor responded:
      December 14, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Thank you. One down, one to go !

      tinaor responded:
      December 14, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Men are sooooo awkward to buy for – esp my hubby who is so practical and says things like ‘did we need that’ rather than just appreciate the gift.

        Dartmoor Yarns said:
        December 14, 2017 at 10:50 am

        Oh no! I’m very practical, so confess I may have had a few thoughts of that ilk in the past but, yes, they need keeping to yourself and appreciation for the thoughtfulness and sentiment behind them show.
        Mine has said he doesn’t want anything!

    jessicacrafts said:
    December 15, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I made myself a Christmas table runner last year and didn’t finish it until the end of January. Whoops. Oh well. This year it’ll look nice if I can remember where I stashed it….

    sewchet said:
    December 17, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Glad to hear that The Bug has done its worst BEFORE Christmas (looking on the bright side!). You might be relieved to hear that even those of us who DO start crafting in the New Year for the following Christmas (yes, really!) aren’t necessarily as smug as we might at first appear. For instance, I haven’t even bought my cards yet, let alone written them out or thought about stamps, and as for the tree – well, hopefully this afternoon we’ll take The Boys to choose one. I have done a spreadsheet for sleeping arrangements for the twenty-odd people that are staying at various points over the festivities…..but not a menu or shopping list. So they’ll all have a bed, fresh linen and a handmade gift to open…..but nothing to eat as yet. Ah well, I’m sure it will all come together in the end!

      tinaor responded:
      December 18, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      So glad to hear chaos at other’s homes too! We all know it works out in the end. And as for your guests, I’m sure it’s your company they come for, not just the food – you could feed them beans on toast – always a good standby! xxx

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