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Old 12-02-2011, 09:50 PM   #1
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Losing my Groove
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Back in February or March I started my Christmas knitting project and am REALLY losing steam right now. Not exactly trying to throw a pity party but how do you knit, knit, knit, knit?
I am really excited about finishing my stockings for everyone but it seems like time is running out. What to do?

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Old 12-02-2011, 09:59 PM   #2
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Maybe you started too soon and are running out of enthusiasm for these projects. Take a little break.
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:22 PM   #3
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First of all,do not stress. Knitting, whether for gifts or yourself, should not be rushed. Do you/did you really want to knit gifts for others? Something we make with our own hands is a gift of pleasure, not stress. I would say, please (been there, done that etc., etc.,) re-evaluate. Enjoy kniitting for YOU.
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Old 12-03-2011, 03:21 AM   #4
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Like Sue said take a little break. If you are really sick of doing them you know you could make them for next year instead. There's no knitting police and you did certainly give it a good try if you've been knitting them that long!
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:25 PM   #5
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When I knit Christmas gifts, I think about the person I'm knitting for while I'm knitting, and all the wonderful things that make me care about that person (or if I'm knitting for a charity, I think about why I care about the cause).

Therefore, my closest friends and family get the most complex gifts, and others get easier ones. For instance, I knitted hats for all of my friends one year. I felt obligated to knit one for my best friend's jack@$$ boyfriend because I was knitting one for her twin sister's boyfriend...
The sisters got complex Fair Isle patterns on their hats. The nice boyfriend (now married and with a baby on the way!) got a double-knit ski cap in colors I knew he would love. For the jerk, I put in the bare minimum of time and money. He broke up with her a week before Christmas and I donated it to a charity.
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I like to vary the kind of knitting Iím doing: some intarsia or fair Isle, some complicated aran sts, something in plain, easy stockinette. I find that the variety keeps it all fresh and that may help for you too. Also, Iím very good at rationalizing late gifts (after the babyís birth but before its college graduation is OK; if it all doesnít work out for this Christmas, it certainly will for next Christmas).
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Originally Posted by salmonmac View Post
after the babyís birth but before its college graduation is OK
My mom made my brother and I each a cross-stitched bible passage for our first communions.
Of course, we received them for confirmation.

I'm working on a baby blanket for my best friend's daughter (due Jan. 1) at the moment. My goal is to have it finished by her due date, and if not then, to at least have it done by the next time I am home after that. Which will be March.
As a result, I'm not knitting any Christmas gifts. The baby blanket is a priority and realistically, too much of a time suck.
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Old 12-11-2011, 01:32 PM   #8
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Feeling the same way...I love the challenge of a new project, but get bored doing the second mitten (or sock or slipper). I have resorted to the sticker method of rewarding myself with a sticker on the calendar when one project is totally completed. After I have a certain number of stickers I treat myself to something special that I normally don't get (a trip to town for a bakeshop treat, specialty coffee etc) Keeps me motivated and my knitting basket is getting full of gifts!
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I'm working on a baby blanket for my best friend's daughter (due Jan. 1) at the moment. My goal is to have it finished by her due date, and if not then, to at least have it done by the next time I am home after that. Which will be March.
Just to confound my master plan... baby Lilly was born Saturday.
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Yup! Leave it up to those little darlings to confound our plans from the get-go! They're so good at that!

Congrats to your friend, though, on her new baby, and hopefully the early arrival of the little one will inspire you to finish up your project.
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