A walking oxymoron

(With perhaps the emphasis on the “moron”.)

Just a short post today my poppets, since the day is gaining on me and there is much to be done. I’ve a funeral to attend this afternoon, where even I (who can usually rationalize knitting anywhere) cannot find a way to knit and find it appropriate. (Thank you in advance for your condolences, but know that this loss is in my extended family, and that there are others who deserve your sympathy today. You may direct your kind thoughts to my lovely sister-in-law Alison and her family if you wish. They have lost her sister, a good knitter and a fine human.) I don’t regret the loss of knitting time at all, considering the circumstances.

That said, never before has a knitter done so little, yet expected to accomplish so much. I have merely embryonic beginnings of the second argyle sock…


but somehow still expect fully that it, along with a whole other pair of socks (of which I have only the barest whisper of ribbing accomplished) a hat (which is still a skein of yarn) and a manuscript will be finished Christmas Eve. Obviously I have slipped so far into some sort of Christmas delusion that my sense of possibility is all off.

More tomorrow…when we shall examine exactly how much knitting I got done while…not knitting.

(The good news? In my experience, Christmas happens, replete with joy and family whether I finish knitting or not. Pass the egg nog.)

116 thoughts on “A walking oxymoron

  1. I can’t believe that I might have the first post, yet (and I love your blog and read daily) have nothing to say.

  2. There is never a ‘good’ time to deal with loss, but it seems especially cruel to have to deal with it at this time of year when all is supposed to be about joy and family and togetherness. Condolences to all of you, extended and close by.

  3. Learning to let go of grasping or expectation and live fully in the emotion of a moment are both great lessons. Ohm.

  4. What kind of Scrooge-like publisher do you have that demands a finished manuscript Christmas Eve? I’d fire the agent that got you that deal!

  5. So is it safe to say that we have entered the infamous “It”? And when I say we I do mean we…I have 2/3 of a sweater (for a large man, no less) to get done in the next, hmm, five days. Yipe.
    I’ll bring the SoyNog and the Grey Goose.

  6. Yeah! I did make it to the first post (see above)! Yippee! Now that I have that out of the way and can think clearly (it doesn’t take much to amuse me)! I know exactly how you feel regarding the outrageous claim of knitted gifts to make and actually finishing them on time. I told my husband not to buy any gifts for the women in his life as I was making everyone socks (which would have been about 15 pairs). Not that it sounds like much, however, it takes me about two to three weeks to finish one pair. Oh well, I ended up making one pair of socks (for mother in law) and a pair of beaded fingerless mitts (for my mom). Good luck!

  7. My sympathy to your SIL and her family. Good luck with the knitting… my mother is getting a sweater “kit” for Christmas. She knits. She’ll get it.
    In the meantime, I have to finish a pair of boot socks for my kids adopted grandfather. I have 8 inches done (they have to come up over the top of the boot) and another 2 inches to go on 1 leg, plus a 10 inch foot, then another sock.
    Plain, black, no pattern socks.
    I swear, when these are done, I’m going to go get my beautiful, hand dyed, blue/purple/green sock yarn and knit myself a pair of colorful, lace, socks.

  8. Gee, I’m not sure I can even finish 3 more small knitted ornaments in time– they need to be done a whole evening ahead though…) It takes me weeks to knit a pair of socks!
    I think ball of yarn shaped star is born every time a knitter dies. Peace to all.

  9. I’m still aiming at finishing my 40 s0me-odd scarves for the family by Christmas Eve. Most are off the needles and needing trimming–the job I hate worse than almost anything. Putting fringe on a bunch of scarves until 2:30 AM this morning caused me to oversleep, sit in traffic, and almost be too late to get coffee before I had to start work. I hope those cousins and aunts and uncles appreciate their gifts!

  10. I’ve had to deal with funerals during the holidays too and it’s just horrible. Hugs to all. I will think knitterly thoughts for you and maybe telekinesis will work and you’ll have a complete sock waiting for you that you didn’t expect! (Did I mention I was putting CC in my tea for laryngitis? Apparently it’s making me delusional too…)

  11. When a member of our knitting group died, we didn’t knit at her funeral–but I leaned over to Nancy and said, “My project’s in my purse,” and she whispered back, “Mine’s in my car.” It seemed fitting to have our knitting in silent and unseen attendance.
    Love to Alison’s family in their grief from here.

  12. How about pretty little decorated cookies in a small box with a card that reads –
    Due to circumstances beyond my control, your lovely _____ or ______ will not be ready until Valentines Day this year. Enjoy your cookie!

  13. Best of luck to everyone with this gifts-to-be! I’ve got a third of a sleeve, a placket, and seven buttons to sew onto two sweaters, plus six more facecloths (which aren’t expected until mid-Jan, but I’d like to get them done if I can). The sweaters are realistic for me, but I’m not sure about those facecloths 🙁

  14. My condolences to Alison. It seems particularly cruel to have such a loss at a time when everyone else is so damn cheerful.
    (Though I do admit to a smidge of guilty relief that it wasn’t Helen or Don.)

  15. My thoughts are with Alison and her family. I totally think you can do all that knitting. By Christmas morning, I need four dishcloths (one has about ten rows done), a pair of socks (about to start the toe on the first), a scarf (1/4 done), and a hat (still in the ribbing). This is It. We can do it, everyone!

  16. I have knit at a funeral (a prayer shawl) and no one said a word. As a member of the “extended” family, I was not in the core group but expected to be there for the whole event. I got a lot of knitting done and a lot of prayer put into the shawl. My heart and prayers are with you and your family. This is a hard thing to have happen during this season.

  17. You are the main reason I even tried knitting socks. That was last June and now I have been totally sockified (5 adult pairs, 6 toddler pairs)…except for argyles. They bought back all the trauma of holding multiple pointed sticks in my fumbly fingers, blood spurting, etc. But now… You bring faith that it CAN be done–they are on January’s list. We all know there ain’t no way they’ll be gotten to before then.

  18. My condolences to both you and your extended family. And good luck on the christmas knitting. It’s nice to know that christmas, unlike babies, respects it’s scheduled date.

  19. My husband has strict instructions that if I predecease him, he is to make an announcement at my funeral to “knit ’em if you brought ’em”.

  20. My condolences for your extended family. Loss is always hard, but so close to the holidays it seems to just get harder.
    Know that we’re all sending kind thoughts in their direction.

  21. I have faith you will have a wonderful holiday, and incomplete knitting gifts are still fun to open, ’cause the recipient can then get an opportunity to have a photo with “the incomplete sock”, etc…and appreciate it all the more when they get the completed item later. (and in my family’s case, some are getting knitted gifts from LAST year along with this year’s gifts)
    All the best to you and your family today and through the holidays…

  22. Please pass my condolences to Allison and her family. She may be surprised that a total stranger on the internet cares, but I lost my FIL at Christmas last year and I know how horrible it can be to feel grief when everyone else is celebrating.
    – Pam

  23. Condolences to your family. As for knitting–sometimes life intervenes. I’ve been known to wrap balls of yarn with patterns, and promises to make the desired object later. Example: I’m still working on the sweater I “gave” my husband three Christmases ago!!

  24. Funerals during the holidays are difficult, last year was hard for us. I’m expressly forbidding a funeral for myself, I’d rather have a wake & I hope lots of knitters come & knit through the whole thing!

  25. There will be a time for egg nog, Steph – but it is not this day. This day, you need to act like you still have some fight in ya. Come on – as one Cancerian to another – YOU MUST BELIEVE you can do it. And, for proper equipment – save the egg nog for another day – a day when you can appreciate its sweet and warming effect. On this day, pull out the hard equipment and tackle your knitting like you mean it – which is to say – I think you should have Irish Coffee instead. See? The caffeine, the chocolate liqueur and, of course, the whiskey! That’ll spice up the argyles, for sure!

  26. If I could give you some of my own last-stretch-before-Christmas knitty hours, I would! Oh well what gets done, gets done. The rest… pass the egg nog.

  27. I’m so glad your Christmases are always filled with joy and family. I hope to have that too, some day.

  28. I have another sock to do for my Mom and 1.5 socks to finish for my brother. I intend to knit furiously up until the last minute, but will wrap them still on the needles and finish them afterwards, if need be.

  29. Well, I certainly would smile down from heaven if anyone were to knit at my WAKE, not funeral – Elan has the right idea, and I’m going to write that into my will. No funeral for me, just a wake in the guise of a damn good party where my loved ones can celebrate in any way they choose. Eat, drink, talk, knit, bead, play games, whatever makes you happy!

  30. My prayers and condolences to your sister-in-law. How sad for everyone. What you say is so true: Christmas, like life, comes whether we’re ready or not, and it, like life, comes replete with joy (and sometimes sorrow) and family whether you finish knitting or not.

  31. I too live in the land of Christmas Knitting Delusion. I’m knitting a short cardigan from the bottom up, and having stayed up late last night now have both sleeves and the body ready for the Great Joining of the Bits. It seems marginally possible that I may have a fully formed sweater to go into a box on Monday, before my sister arrives.
    But then I realize that after the GJB, there will be approx. 340 stitches per row…

  32. Don’t worry if you don’t finish the knitting by Christmas. My mother routinely wrapped skeins of yarn, not even on the needles yet for me to open at Christmas (which, I may add, I had picked out in the store and watched her buy weeks before…).

  33. My condolences to your sister-in-law and all of your extended family. It’s never easy to lose a loved one, no matter what the relation…
    And I am sure that your faithfulness to your family will be rewarded by the God Who Knits, in the form of all the time you need to both knit and not knit…

  34. I’m so sorry. =( I just went to an ‘extended family’ funeral yesterday, and even though it’s extended, it’s still family, and it still sucks.
    And no, I couldn’t figure out a way to knit either, much as it would have calmed me down.
    I’m sending good thoughts to your family and Alison’s. And speed knitting vibes to you!

  35. I’m telling everyone to feel free to knit at my funeral. I would be honoured. Deadlines make knitting not as fulfilling as it should be so for those whose gifts are not done, I give chocolate instead and have a good start on next Christmas’ knitting. Peace to all.

  36. All those who plan to have a cheerful wake instead of a funeral, please rethink. One of the ghastliest experiences I’ve ever had was attending the memorial service of a much-loved minister, who intended the service to be cheerful. While liveried servers passed fancy hors d’oeuvre in a room decorated as if for wedding, we all wept our eyes out.
    People who love you will be sad when you die! Let them cry.
    Tell your family, those who would understand, anyway, that the Blog offers its condolences.

  37. May I join my condolences with everyone else. My heart goes out to Alison and all of your family.
    In my family, we’ve decided it’s the thought that counts and as long as the project is at least a gleam in the maker’s eye, deadlines don’t matter. At least you know you’ve got even more coming.

  38. My sympathies and thoughts to Alison and family for her loss. So difficult. As for you, my dear, Christmas is a time for miracles and we all have faith in you. I suggest bourbon (and lots of it) for the eggnog. Mazheltov!

  39. Please accept my condolences. We lost my stepdad last Christmas and it’s particularly unfun – the holiday brings back lots of sad memories for Mom this year.
    RE: holiday knitting – you know if bloggers would stop posting I would have finish the knitting. Instead I troll bloglines for my favorites to see what they’ve been up to. Must knit 2 pair mitts and 3 washcloths. I’ve given up on the shawl for mom. She’ll get the yarn on the needs and a photo of the intended look.

  40. Ah, knitter’s optimism…the magic elixir that allows me to believe that I can complete one more pair of socks, another hat and another scarf by Christmas, while simultaneously turning out dozens of tamales and cookies. And doing the laundry. And…what was that other thing? Oh, yeah…traveling cross-country. Pass the eggnog, indeed.

  41. What are you talking about? Today’s Thursday — Christmas Eve isn’t until Monday. Scads of time, days and days.

  42. My heart goes out to your family and yot SIL’s family.
    I guess is that your family doesn’t care if the knitting is done. I know mine won’t be done. I’ll just take the booze, you can keep the egg nog.

  43. Not only does Christmas happen, but life happens. I can’t believe I am saying this, but sometimes you have to accept that time is too often linear, give up the knitting, break out the credit card, and just go for it. And it took me years to realize this, but people that you care about really don’t need (gasp) more knits. Really. Blasphemy, but true.
    Or, more likely, maybe it’s just my knitting.

  44. My condolences to you and your family.
    I would think under the circumstances that your gift recipients would be happy grateful with one sock and the promise of a second one after Christmas.

  45. It all depends on the people. I’ve been to wakes/ “celebration of the life” events that combined appropriate ceremony and varying levels of party, sometimes over a month after the actual loss, and they were “successful” in that those who felt a need for a ceremony of some kind felt better as a result. I think knitting would have been accepted at most if not all of them.

  46. You’re not quite so delusional that you’ve got the Big Secret Thing on your list up there. That, petal, is progress.
    Hugs to Alison today.

  47. Can you wrap the skein of yarn with an IOU? That may happen at my house. Your argyle socks are sooo pretty.

  48. I send all best thoughts and virtual hugs to your family, I can’t imagine what it must be like for everyone. The knitting will still be there for you, it’s non-judgemental like that.

  49. My condolences to Alison and her family, including you and your family. Family is family is family, extended or not.
    Stuff like that does tend to put everything else in its place, doesn’t it? Hang in there. Eggnog will help, and so will knitting, within reason.

  50. You know, this year, even though the knitting isn’t going to be done again, it sounds like you have avoided “IT” – maybe it’s just the tone of the blog posts, but this year seems less frantic. Good job!
    Now I just need to achieve this attitude, since I just found out I need to rip back my Dad’s socks an inch before knitting the toes. I guess his feet aren’t quite as big as I thought…

  51. My condolences to you all. As someone said a couple of comments ago…family is family is family.

  52. I’m so happy that back in the early fall I remembered all the stress the Yarn Harlot was under last Christmas to get her Christmas knitting done, and started on my then and there. Thank you so much for saving me from that stress this year. 🙂
    And, my condolences on your families loss.

  53. it is always such a double tragedy to lose someone at Christmas. i hope their memories of this person and all she meant to them can somehow help them through what will surely be a sad holiday.

  54. You need knitting, eggnog (heavy on the “nog”), and hugs (heavy on the “love”) — not necessarily in that order.

  55. Such insurmountable tasks. You, trying to finish an insane amount of Christmas knitting. Though I have seen you knit, and it is very fast. Me, trying to learn an insane amount of biochemistry to pass my class. I have seen myself study lately. It is fraught with distractions. Good luck to both of us!

  56. Good luck! May the force be with you.
    Now I want to knit argyles more than I did before! I think I’ve even got the perfect yarns 🙂

  57. You and I are leading parallel lives – I had a funeral this morning. And no, I did not knit during it, but I did inthe car onthe way to and from (I was a passenger).
    My best to Alison and her family at this time.

  58. And the more rum in the eggnog, the better. (Condolences to Alison and family. Good thoughts from strangers–sometimes it is all we can offer.)

  59. My thoughts are with you, your family and Alison. Your family sounds like the very best kind to have during stressful times.

  60. Life happened last year (baby boy born 21-Dec) which made me come up 1 pair of fingerless gloves shy of the knitting goal. This year is my “year off” of handmade gifts. I only get crazy enough to try it every other year or so.
    Condolences to Alison. I have knit while sitting in my now-husband’s grandmother’s room while she was passing. But not at her funeral. Didn’t quite seem right, even though she had been a knitter up to the end. I also waited 1 Xmas to start giving the knit washcloth stocking stuffers that she had always done. But, I do have to make one for my MIL every year — it’s my way of reminding her that I still remember her mother at the holidays.

  61. Lots of sympathy to Alison and her family; give her some extra hugs from all of us. (You give excellent hug.)
    Let’s hear it for rum in the eggnog! If you drink enough of it when people are opening their presents, you’ll have a *lot* less stress about whether any gifts are finished or not. At least it sounds like you got the Big ‘Un done…yes? ::she says hopefully:: The knitting one, that is. I’m sending extra good vibes you’ll manage the other big ‘un, the manuscript! Eep.

  62. So sorry for your loss. Funerals are always a hard thing, and holiday time ones are more so. Prayers for you and the family and for all who are not finding the holiday season to be all good cheer all the time – there is room in the human family’s celebrations for everyone.
    Hope you find that knitter’s time warp that allows you to do what you need to. Handmade gifts from the heart know no deadlines.
    Knit in peace. And drink eggnog.

  63. My condolences to your SIL’s family. However, I think it is quite appropriate to knit at a funeral – especially a knitter’s funeral. I think it would be a wonderful tribute to her.

  64. My sympathies to your SIL and her family. As for your unknit gifts, have you considered gift-wrapping the yarn, let them open it and be nervous thinking that you will be teaching them to knit with it, then when you tell them it will eventually be a pair of socks or a hat and you will knit is as soon as possible after Christmas, that you simply ran out of time, they will be very happy and think it was funny you wrapped yarn for them. This is what I did for my SIL last year. She was so relieved that I didn’t have delusions of teaching her how to knit that she got excited knowing she had a fabulous pair of handknit socks coming her way real soon.

  65. I’ve taken the liberty of creating my own schedule for you:
    Finish the argyles (they are cool and more than half done).
    Finish the big secret project (just so we can all see what it is).
    Go buy the rest of the gifts from a local artist, or donate to MSB in the recipient’s name, and skip the rest of the knitting.
    Push off the book deadline (we can wait a few extra weeks for the new book).
    Pour yourself a large drink and relax.

  66. I’ll happily pass the egg nog(it contains rum, of course) and tell you that I too have decided that Christmas wins again-my knitting will not be done, but I will put the unfinished objects into beautifully wrapped and be-ribboned bowed packages to make up for it. And, if I give them rum laced egg nog before I don’t think they will even notice.

  67. warm thoughts to alison
    cup of tea feet up and a cozy wrap
    and a journal for ones thoughts
    to be read later in time
    take care

  68. Mr condolences on the loss. It is always difficult to lose family at the holiday season.
    I still have a passel of scarves as well as seaming of various sweaters & an afghan. Pass the fortified eggnog, please.

  69. So sorry to hear about both your loss and Alison’s. There’s never a good time to lose a loved one, but I’ve lost someone around the holidays too, and I know how painful it is. My thoughts and prayers for your family!

  70. Just wrap up any UFOs along with the promise to finish them in the New Year. And pass the egg nog.

  71. My advice? Skip the eggnog mix, just go straight for the bourbon. Your knitting won’t get done any faster, but you’ll care less. Give enough bourbon to family members, they won’t care that they get a wrapped up ball of yarn for Christmas (my current plan).

  72. I used to stay up really late on Christmas Eve finishing presents for family, then wrapping the ones I hadn’t finished. I hated giving unfinished presents and having to take them home when I just wanted to move on to new projects. Now I try to get as many projects done and then I go buy presents for the people whose presents weren’t finished. This year, I have 5 hats to finish weaving in ends, and will lay aside unfinished hats, mittens and sweaters to for my grandchildren. I will finish them at my leasure!

  73. I’m sorry for your extended family’s loss … a loss is a loss, however extended.
    As for the deadlines (knitting and book), keep the faith. I’m far from stress-free. But I’ve found that, if I truly stop to think about it, things do have a way of working out in the end … almost always for the best.
    Just yesterday, when I was frantically trying to figure out how to get to everything that had to be done by 5 p.m., someone bumped my deadlines back on one task and gave me just enough room to wiggle through. It really does happen like that for me … a lot.
    Here’s hoping it works the same way for you!

  74. The loss of a knitter and good person is always sad, especially at the holiday season. Condolences to Alison and her family.
    For my part, the sewing project is being postponed because… the recipient has suggested we not exchange gifts at this time… she is a kind hearted woman and I appreciate that escape with all my heart. In lieu of this, I’ve added another knitting gift project… Maine Morning Mitts from Clara’s Book of Yarn. They are a truly relaxing project. Oh yeah, and I should send out some cards.

  75. Happens to us all every year I think. You are not along. I am working and a scarf and a sock, in what I feel is equal time and feel that I am equally accomplishing nothing.

  76. and i thought i was the only one with such delusions of knitting grandeur.
    i’ve downsized my list so many times, i’m beginning to wonder why i made a list in the first place.

  77. I am utterly grateful that I only knit one Christmas gift this year (though I did knit two scarves for stuffed animals, which were probably bigger hits than the stuffed animals themselves).
    Maybe you should have some eggnog of destiny (that’s what we call it when it has been nogged).

  78. You can keep the eggnog and pass me the peppermint patties (peppermint schnapps, and hot coco). 😉 Your extended family has my sympathies, what a rough time of year to loose a loved one.

  79. I planned only one knit gift – a beanie for my college-aged nephew having surgery to remove a rod from his leg. I just this morning realized the procedure is tomorrow. I haven’t wound the balls yet – sock yarn to be doubled.

  80. Many a recipient have opened a Christmas present still on the needles. Think of it as a gift that keeps giving- on Christmas they get the first peek and whenever it is done they get another gift of using it!! Enjoy the glass of eggnog or a cold dark beer. Many blessings to your family at this time.

  81. You SHOULD expect to accomplish much knitting with little time–that’s the magic of Christmas!

  82. Condolences to Alison and family. Our thoughts are with them. And re the schedule, just pass the eggnog to Lene. It will be fine, I promise.

  83. I know exactly how you feel…my grandfather died about 2 weeks ago, and I didn’t get a chance to attend the services because I live so far away now. Plus, I completely missed Thanksgiving because I was in the ER with my boyfriend (long story, but he’s okay).
    It just won’t feel like Christmas until it’s here, I guess.

  84. You just reminded me that it was you I thought of when I dribbled bourbon into my egg nog. (“I’m not steeking, but it’s still OK,” I thought.)
    My lovely friend Allison was the one who pointed out that spiked eggnog is lovely. Bless her.

  85. Condolences to you and yours and thanks for taking the time to write in spite of your schedule. We all enjoy reading this so much!
    Merry Christmas!

  86. The manuscript, on the other hand, does need to get finished. I picture… More Not Knitting!
    Enjoy your eggnog and your Christmas!

  87. I was falling behind on my Christmas preparations. Besides coming up with ‘handmade’ gifts for my hubby’s large family, we’re also getting ready to leave on a cruise on Christmas day. So the stress has been double. I crashed and burned this week. I got really sick on Tuesday and didn’t start feeling human again until this morning. I realize I’ve been putting most of that stress on myself. I forced myself to let go of some of it today. The world is not going to come to an end if I give ‘store bought’ gifts to my husbands family this year.
    I feel so much better. Sometimes you just have to let go.

  88. Please pass on the thoughts of the knitting world to your SIL.
    I met a gal at the grocery store this evening, who was knitting. We started chatting, she asked if I knew ‘The Harlot’ -! You really are famous 🙂 We shared a sad moment together in your family’s honor.

  89. My condolences to Alison and her family.
    I’ve been knitting a pair of socks intended as a Christmas gift and I have misplaced them. I cannot find the darn things anywhere. I’m trying very hard not to panic and failing miserably. There is no schedule in the world that make up for that. Merry Christmas!!

  90. Well in my family of knitter’s it is Ok to give presents still on the needles. Takes a lot of the stress off. Last Christmas I got a sleeve and 1/2 a back from my Mom. It was finished in short order and a great sweater. This year she is going to get 1/2 a cashmere scarf from me and my son will probably get 1 and 1/2 socks. You know the old saying”It’s the thought that counts” That really applies to hand knit items. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  91. Just want to ditto what’s already been said in that I send my heartfelt condolences and prayers to your extended family as well. ((Hugs))

  92. I once gave a sympathy card that had such a great sentiment I made a copy of it.
    “How does one become a butterfly?” she asked pensively.
    “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
    “You mean to die?” asked Yellow.
    “Yes and no,” he answered. “What looks like you will die, but what’s ‘really’ you will live.”
    by Trina Paulus, from “Hope for the Flowers”
    I believe that my mom’s passing was only physical. What’s ‘really’ her is still with me.
    Remember the best times.

  93. I have attended several funerals of very dear friends and family this time of year and it just is the pits. I’m so very sorry for your loss, and that of your sister-in-law and her family. It’s so hard to lose someone this time of year. Most people are rushed as it is with things to do and then you are just blown out of the water by this. You have to grieve, but people expect you to be cheerful and jolly when you’re having a hard time just going through the motions of a normal day, let alone a holiday. You are all in my prayers. Sorry about the knitting schedule. As the world’s slowest knitter, I already know I’m doomed LOL! I have a hat, socks and half gloves to finish and there’s absolutely no chance. I’ve decided to go for the socks!

  94. Condolences to the sis-in-law. Losing your sister doesn’t bear thinking about!
    As for the knitting – you can do it. There are three whole days left yet… (“,)

  95. Just wanted to pass on my heartfelt thanks for all the inspiration you’ve given me this year. You’ve made me think and laugh. thank you so much.

  96. I just donated to Knitters (Doctors) Without Borders in honor of my brother’s birthday next week. (I sent the amount to that email.)
    I gave away philanthropy instead of knitting for Christmas this year. KWB got a piece of the pie. And e-cards are faster than knitting.

  97. Stephanie, you have come to a quiet and peace filled place for the holiday season. Isn’t it amazing how much having control wrested from you can feel so good. There’s knitting enough for the rest of the year. Enjoy the time with your family.
    Merry Christmas

  98. Stephanie ,sorry to hear about your family’s loss,many hugs and warm and pleasant thoughts go your way. Around Thanksgiving last year we placed my MIL in a nursing home, Alzheimers, in it’s way it is unpleasant. Maybe start a fund for charity that she would of given too. Your SIL would know.Have a restful Christmas and a Good New year.

  99. Last night at midnight, as I was weaving in the ends of the final teacher’s fingerless glove, I had a little epiphany that there were many other knitters doing the same thing! The house was quiet, save for the hissing of the woodstove. The pets were all snoring. I knew I wasn’t alone~!
    Blessed Christmas and may someone give you a nice hand massage!

  100. Pass the eggnog (Old Tom’s or homemade by preference) or slip a wee bit of somethingsomething into the morning coffee. (Mint Baileys was a coffee break favourite at work) 🙂 Happy Solstice.

  101. Is there some reason why you can’t knit and review the manuscript? It’s pretty easy to do. Just knit as you read through and just put your needles down to respond to editorial queries. (And really, even if you finish the manuscript, no one’s going to look at it until thursday at the earliest!)
    Good luck, I’d say you’re close enough to your Christmas knitting goal that you should be darned proud of yourself.

  102. Stephanie, oh my heavens! My non-knitting husband looked up from the NY Times (Week in Review section, page 3 in the Carolinas edition) this morning and said: “D’ya know somebody who calls herself the Yarn Harlot?”
    You’re there in the “Buzzwords” article, credited for the verb kinnear, which comes after hypermile and before lolcat.

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