Bah Humbug.

Why is it that I feel the need to knit Christmas gifts each year? Is it because I enjoy the RSI that comes from the mad rush of knitting when I figure out I have 11 days to crank out two hats and a sock? Or is it because I feel the need to drink myself into a stupor? (Not that I have… yet.) Or maybe I am just bat-shit crazy. Regardless, all content is on hold until said projects are finished, I put the bottle of wine down, and remind myself that next year I won’t be doing this again.

5 Responses to “Bah Humbug.”


  1. 1 Ian Scott

    I don’t know why you feel the “need” to knit Christmas gifts.. and perhaps that is a good thing to look at as far as any of our hobbies.

    They are not hobbies or things we enjoy once we feel a “need” that is notr already inside us. “Want” is much better than “need.”

    On the other hand, we also should figure out our motivations.. if you feel a “need” which, when completed, will make you happy, such as knitting a Christmas gift, even when the labour of doing so is not “easy,” then.. perhaps you “need” to figure out what your motivations are in the first place.

    If you’re not all that motivated to give someone a gift, that includes your very special labour, then.. why, indeed?

    Only you can answer that question.

    I’m willing to pay for an Aran wool sweater though 🙂

  2. 2 Aimee

    I knitted most of our holiday gifts this year. By some unexplained miracle, though, I actually started so far in advance that I had everything done before December was even here.

    Except then… … I got some pretty yarn and thought of some friends I’d like to give knitted gifts to … and so now I’m rushing rushing and will probably only get one sent out before the end of the month. Oh well.

    I am all about the drinking, though. Bring on the booze. Except the lace-weight scarf I”m knitting at the moment is suffering for the boozing… oops.

  3. 3 wendy

    I’m knitting relatively few christmas gifts this year. The ones I am knitting are nearly all washcloths. 4 washcloths and a pair of socks for my daughter (and matching ones for her new doll)

    I am feeling guilty about not making more, though. I just didn’t have the time/energy/drive to knit a sweater for my brother, my sister is off my knitting list for good, and mom doesn’t need any knit-stuffs, so there wasn’t the same push for me.

  4. 4 Ian Scott

    Winemaking is so much fun. And it always makes a great gift as well 🙂

    Aimee, if you want the booze.. and the knitting, perhaps winemaking would make a great additional hobby!

  5. 5 Your Sistah

    although I’m a little late on the draw, I can sympathize.

    At least drink white wine…it wont stain if you spill it.

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