(1) Turns out that I owe the glove-knitting lady from last week, the one who was planning a "trial" pair of gloves, a rather large apology: It seems that she and I are of similar mind-sets, only she is more honest about it than me as yes, I have now knit several "trial" baubles. Most of these, I confess, I are in green. I just can't seem to produce green baubles that I'm happy with. I've tried plain green, textured green, green with sequins (Husband suggested they were lacking in "bling"), green with gold stripes and sequins and I don't really like any of them. Oh, the yarn itself is lovely, a beautiful rich colour – exactly a shade you would choose for Christmas – but I fear that I might just prefer it in ball form. Take the other decorations: Red ones, blue ones, white ones – they all seem fine first time round. But I'm determined to prove that my colour palette extends beyond my favourite blues and reds that yes, green will be there somewhere. ("Oh yes", the more observant of you note, "at the bottom of the pile of baubles". Points for trying, though, surely?)
(2) Oddly, I seem to be in a pre-Christmas mood, somewhat helped by today's weather (it's cold and wet) and, that wonderfully, it's been an all-too-rare pyjama day. Husband even put the heating on for a wee while this morning (!!!!). Thought about making mince pies with some of last year's mince meat but I'd be the only one eating them (and the task did have "procrastination" flashing all over it). Husband helped relieve the baking urge by making English muffins and they were yummy, yummy. So I stuffed a cinnamon stick in the Christmas stocking I had just finished knitting and enjoyed a cup of tea with my muffin – perhaps not the most festive treat but certainly the most efficient.
(3) Christmas knitting has led to Christmas thinking which has led to New Year Resolutions. Yes, it's only August! I am aware of how ridiculous this all sounds but there's a little bit of me thinking that with a four month head start, I might actually stand a chance of fulfilling some of my yarn-related resolutions. Or maybe it's time for a reality check: Really, who honestly wants to reach the end of their stash? Finish sewing up the last of their projects and then hoover the now-vacant-space under their bed? Surely that’s just asking for trouble and Husband to take it as an invitation to fill said space with video tapes or abandoned technology? Yes, let's just strike that idea now before it goes any further.
(4) My knitting-related-denial hasn't yet extended to the notion that I'm going to knit gifts for all my loved ones (although it got very close during my jam making sessions a couple of months ago: Jam and knitted gifts, how great would that be?) but I do still have a couple of other Christmas-related projects underway. The second of two fairisle placemats and my "Yuletide String" – how long do you think I can string both these out for? Bearing in mind that the new yarn for Son's jumper arrives at the end of September, so hours-a-plenty to finish both projects, do you really think that I'll not been distracted by anything else and finished these...? Ladies and Gentlemen, please place your bets!