Dear Kay, and everybody who’s just now kind of getting into the whole holiday thing,
I don’t actually have all that many talents, but one area where I excel is procrastination. I’m not going to tell you exactly what my methods of procrastination are, because if you’re a procrastinator, you already know them. And if you aren’t a procrastinator, then I don’t want to crush whatever preconceived notion you may have of me and my efficiency in life. That Ann Shayne sure has it all figured out, you say.
[Typed while wearing what can charitably be called athleisure at a time of day when a lot of other people are wearing actual clothing.]
A Triumph over Procrastination
For the first time in my life, I’ve made holiday gift knits in an orderly way.
I am declaring victory in my MDK Bunchalong efforts.
All glory goes to Thea Colman, the designer who cooked up the designs for MDK Field Guide No. 8: Merry Making. All the designs have been fast, fun, and clever.
Grand total of handknits made from Thea Colman patterns?
Three Chalice Cowls.
(Fun fact: these Chalice Cowls are shown inside out. I like how the cables get superdimensional on this side.)
Three Slip-Stitch Caps.
One pair of Appleseed Mitts.
I can hardly believe I made all this stuff, but honestly, it was no big deal. As they almost said on Friday Night Lights: fat yarn, big needles, can’t lose.
Here is some solid-gold wisdom, gleaned from my recent MDK Bunchalong experience. The cure to procrastination?
Today is December 18. If you’re thinking of knitting a last-minute present for somebody, I’m telling you: there’s tons of time available. A week from Christmas? It might as well be a year, if you’re a true procrastinator.
The Slip-Stitch Cap is your friend for this sprint to the finish. (There are already 119 of them finished on Ravelry, and that doesn’t even include mine.) It’s maybe two evenings of knitting. And if you finish one, the second one will go even faster.
Throw a pom pom on top—or a tassel—and you’re golden.
And Don’t Forget the Gift Tags
You can download our free print-at-home gift tags here. Kind of gives the whole last-minute thing a gloss of order. Like you planned this whole thing out months ago. Piece of cake.
Speaking of cake, what’s everybody baking for the holidays? I’m feeling a need for cookies or cinnamon rolls or something warm and fragrant. Considering sticking cloves into an orange. Madness!