Every year, I take off from work between Christmas and the New Year. I used to think of it as an affordable luxury, but in recent years I’ve realized it’s a necessity. It grounds me and I start the new year feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
I intentionally plan very little for my time off. I’ll spend hours on the couch, knitting and watching DVR’d Christmas specials on Lifetime (a true guilty pleasure that really lasts the entire month of December), and I always spend a day with my mom. It’s such a luxury to spend a weekday with my mom. We’ll grab breakfast at our favorite breakfast-diner (the one with really great homefries), we’ll go back to her house and watch daytime TV. I’ll knit and she may bring out some sewing, or decide to put a roast in the oven. We’ll munch on those creme-filled vanilla cookies that she always has in her cookie jar, and before we know it, the sun has gone down and dinner is ready.
In recent years, I’ve also been able to spend a day with Christy and Katy (and this year they’re coming to my house!).
Spending time with people I don’t get to see nearly enough — I think of it as my Christmas gift to myself.
Every year since I took up knitting again, I always plan to start a new (big) project during this time off as well (2006, 2005, and 2004). It seemed to make sense since I plan to have all this time chatting and watching TV. But, I never get very far with the project, and I’m always left a little deflated. It could be that I tried to knit St. Brigid before her time, or it could be that I need something simpler to knit then.
Which got me thinking — the planning part of Christmas knitting is as much fun as the time off. I daydream about my time off of years past — about the day I brought my mom to Rosie’s to have her help me pick out a color. My mom isn’t a knitter, but she’s an expert at sewing and embroidery so she understands color, drape and fit. I don’t often get to share the planning stages of knitting with my mom, so that day (2 years later) still stands out as one of my favorite memories.
So, I’ve been enjoying planning out what this year’s project might be. I have a few options (behind the cut). Feel free to share your thoughts or suggest something else.
These are (roughly) in preference order right now. I like them all but I’m still not convinced any of them are the right next project. I only have 2 weeks to decide and get the yarn in. Or, I only have 2 weeks to change my mind 100 times and eventually pick something I hadn’t even considered.
I’d probably do a stockinette body, and I’d make it a V instead of a turtleneck. The pics don’t show it, but there’s a pretty cabled V detail along the bottom half of the sleeves. I would be cutting it close with yardage so I could either knit the colorwork portion and up to the top and then pickup sts and knit down until I run out of yarn, or I could sub a different color above the colorwork.
I love this design and the gray would make it a classic.
This would be a great use for this yarn. I started a sweater in it a while back and the kettle dyeing set up right on top of itself. So, I had a vertical strip of dark green in the center, and 2 lighter stripes on either side. Nice. The seed stitch would break up the coloring, and the hexagons would benefit from a little variation.
I like this one, I traded on Ravelry to get enough yarn for it, but I’m not convinced that lightweight silk wool yarn is what I want to be knitting when it’s 25° out.
And a few more that I like, but don’t have anything in the stash.