There are 14 days to go until Christmas Day. Why am I not panicking? Why do I feel so calm? Is it because I have more time available to me, with not going away this year? I'm not sure, but I am really looking forward to almost two weeks off work.
I am not looking forward to Summernats. No I'm not. But that's for another post.
As mentioned previously, I'm trying to make this a simple, handmade and locally-oriented Christmas. So far it's working, although I'm going to run into strife when it comes to certain book-loving members of the family. I suppose if I shop for books at a local bookstore, that will be OK. Do you think?
So with 14 days to go, I though I might share some of the projects I've been working on. Strangely there has been no rush in doing these. I've been calm, making thing simple for myself, and enjoying every moment of creating. How can this be? This doesn't sound like me. At. All.
I have joined Meet Me At Mike's Christmas stocking stitch-along. I am a terrible embroiderer, but I love doing it. The moment I pick up a needle and thread and put the fabric in a hoop, I feel my blood pressure go down and a feeling of serenity comes over me. There is little talking, just the gentle rhythm of the needle going through the osnaberg. I once stitched my way on the train from the bottom of the West Coast of the USA, all the way to Canada, and back again. I think it might be my favourite thing to do.
I started my first (ever) washcloth at Tilley's during Monday night's SnB, and have since made two washcloths and started another. I am gifting two of them - along with a bar of lovely soap - tomorrow night at a dinner I am having with friends. I think every woman in my family will also be receiving one for Christmas this year. They are so addictive, and the perfect thing to crochet on the bus - I can make one in a day's commute.
And finally, some summer clothes sewing. Like Kuka, I would go out tonight, but I haven't got a stitch to wear. I have boxes and boxes of beautiful summer fabrics, so I've put my foot down and decided to make some clothes. First cab off the rank is a pair of brown linen pants, and a pink blouse. I think I can do it. Here's hoping I don't get distracted between now and autumn.