Friday, December 9, 2011

Holiday Problems and Solutions

Problem: Need to discourage the cat from getting too fresh with the Christmas tree.


Solution: Discover "Cat Entertainment" videos on YouTube. Here Bucky is watching a 9-minute video of birds and squirrels for the third time in a row. He's about as bad as my little sister at the age of seven and Disney's The Little Mermaid. Bonus: For the first time in nearly two years, I am able to spin on my spinning wheel uninterrupted for more than 45 seconds.


Problem: The thought of all the social activities of the season, and the end-of-the-year responsibilities of our jobs is causing the spouse and I to break out into hives.

Pinnacles Nat'l Monument

Pinnacles Nat'l Monument

Solution: Take three days off right before Thanksgiving to drive to Santa Barbara and go hiking and wine tasting. I didn't question his need to take so many photographs of rocks, and he didn't question my need to visit this one particular yarn shop for this one particular yarn.

Faded Quilt Shelter

No, this isn't all that I bought.

Problem: I decide that all my gift knitting is boring. Too many hats and all.

Solution #1: I cast on for a shawl. Yes, it's for me. No, I don't think it's selfish. What?

Tart Stripe Study Shawl

I then realize that I still have deadlines on many of those holiday gifts, and come up with Solution #2: Decide that maybe I should knit something besides hats for gifts. Wait, isn't there a handy scarf-in-progress? Yeah, let's knit that instead.

Floating Down Scarf and Mitts

I realize that scarves are still pretty boring, and move on to mittens.

Denizens Convertible Mittens

Still bored. Think some more, and come up with Solution #3: I decide that maybe I could sew some gifts instead of knitting them. Yes, this will save time! Resolve to go purchase fabric for said sewing projects.

Pillow Fabric

Realize that spending money on supplies for future handmade gifts is dangerous, as it leads to spending money.

Japanese Cat Fabric

Problem: I don't have enough time to finish all my holiday gift knits.

Solution: Clearly, now is the time to photograph stash and projects, edit and upload photos, update Ravelry, and write a new blog post. Happy procrastination season, everybody!


wildtomato said...

Oh! All that fabric is adorable!

Janne said...

Your cat looks so much like my Thomas Henry and I love the cat fabric.

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