I am currently in recovery mode. I have just finished the Christmas Delivery Weekend. Every year the weekend before Christmas I travel northwards to my friends and family in an attempt to ensure that all my carefully chosen gifts reach their assigned homes before Christmas Day. I always attempt tol see everyone, but I rarely succeed, because as you can imagine other people are often busy the weekend before Christmas. This year I felt was pretty successful, as the only person I couldn't see, was in hospital giving birth. I felt childbirth was a very valid excuse for not seeing me, I'm just sad I'll have to wait to see the new bundle of joy.
The main problem with this pre-Christmas visit is that I have to get all my presents ready a week before Christmas. I feel that it is unfair that I have a week less crafting time than I should do, but at least it means I can spend the week before Christmas in a less frantic state than my crafting counterparts.
I only have one gift left to craft and that is for my Mother. She knows her shawl is coming late as I showed her the work in progress this weekend. She is pleased! Phew! I have until 2nd January when I hand it over to my brother at another Christmas rendez-vous at my Father's house. I only have 10 more rows to knit and then it can be blocked and a fabric binding stitched to the top of the shawl. It will be done in time, so I can relax a bit. It feels strange not have the weight of a deadline pressing on me. I wish I had managed to get the shawl finished in time, but it would have killed me and my Mother would prefer I am in one piece for Christmas.
Now I have no unrealistic deadlines looming I find myself in a strange position. I don't know what to knit next. I have been putting so many projects in my "after Christmas" pile that I don't know where to start. I have a new handbag to sew, a baby blanket to finish, a scarf to start, and some delicious yarns waiting to be knit with, and I am paralyzed with indecision. So I'm going to do nothing today. I'm going to surf Ravelry and read a little and maybe even play a computer game or two and I'm not going to worry about anything and enjoy the lack of pressure.
I might even try and take a few photos of the pretty frost strewn garden, who knows, the world is my oyster, my time is my own and all I have to worry about is whether my body will let me do any of the things I want to do, because frankly, it is a bit broken from the visit up north.
I hope next time I post, I will have photos to show you. I am sorry they have been a bit thin on the ground of late, but writing can be done from a prone position, photography cannot. Forgive me a lack of pretties to show you, and forgive my low levels of posting of late. I hope normal service will resume shortly. Until it does, enjoy your last minute get togethers with friends and family and don't let the panic wear you down!