Hello folks, just six more sleeps and I get my first proper vacation in several years! I can’t wait. After a very.long.year I’m hanging out for sleep-ins. And long evenings. Perhaps a walk or two along the beach. Maybe a glass of wine. Catching up with family and friends. Hanging out with my kids. It will be fabulous. I’m so tired. It will be good to have a break.
The “C” word is being quietly ignored. I think that it’s madness and totally counter-intuitive to be celebrating Christmas in summer. For those of you who don’t know, New Zealand still has a big “summer shutdown” (basically everything except necessities and retail close down for two to three weeks from Christmas and over the new year) and with all the madness of finishing up work (deadlines upon deadlines upon deadlines), getting kids sorted for the long summer break, vacation organisation, and Christmas on top of it… well.
To save my sanity, I keep it simple. I haven’t even got the tree up yet. Erk! Never mind, this weekend will solve all issues and what’s left to be done will be sorted. It’s a shame really. We need something in winter to cheer up the spirits and have something to look forward to (Christmas for those in the Northern hemisphere!), but there is nothing culturally traditional for the Southern hemisphere winter/early spring except for the Maori new year (Matariki). Not being Maori though, it doesn’t mean much to me. This is what happens when you live in a colonised country!
One of the things I do not to, mainly because it’s not physically possible to accommodate everyone I want to knit for, is Christmas knitting. However, this year, I have made an exception. My son’s teacher has been amazing to him this year, so to show my thanks I decided to knit her a couple of hats as she’s admired my knitting and I figure she likes it. People normally give gifts of wine or chocolate to teachers here, but my neighbour is a teacher, and she gets so much chocolate that she ends up giving it away. I decided that chocolate might not be such a meaningful gift.
It was meant to be one hat.
This is the very popular Star Crossed Slouchy Beret. Only I knitted it on one sized smaller needles than I should have in a moment of inattention. It feels too small for my head, and so in a fit of insecurity (I hate giving gifts that aren’t quite right), I decided to make one more. Just in case.
This is Kittiwake, a lovely Alice Starmore pattern. Funny that it’s the same name as a very gorgeous cardigan in the latest issue of Knitty! This one feels right. I hope she likes at least one of them! Pattern notes are in the link I’ve provided if you want to see more. It’s knitted in the most fabulous Rowan Fine Tweed.
I’m also busily knitting one other project which I hope to get done before Christmas, but it’s slow going and because I’m so fatigued, I keep falling asleep while I’m knitting. Not good!! It might not make the Christmas mail cut-off at this rate. Never mind.
I hope all your own preparations for Christmas an/or the summer break (depending on which hemisphere you’re in) are going well.