Unlike some people, I love making things for Christmas. This is probably because I hate shopping (unless it’s for yarn or books of course). I am also rubbish at it, especially gift shopping for people other than those I am very close to. It always ends horribly with a trolley-dash round Boots and M&S and a bag full of things I worry are inappropriate or too expensive or too cheap or otherwise unsuitable.
Whereas a knitted / crocheted gift is never inappropriate and while it costs a lot in time, is relatively inexpensive in money. Last year for example I cranked out a load of one skein scarves in various shades of cashmerino, each one took an evening and under ten quid’s worth of yarn (and a lot less packaging and child labour than something else I might have bought for a tenner). Hey if I make it from stash it’s practically free yay.
But ultimately, there are two main reason I love to give knitted / crocheted gifts. 1) so I can bask in the admiration and ‘ooh aren’t you clever’s and 2) because these days, I express my love in yarn. If I love you, I knit you stuff.
So this year as last, my motto will be ‘if I can’t make it (or buy it on Amazon), you’re not having it’. I have made my who’s-getting-what list, lengthened by several people thoughtlessly having birtdays in the run up to Christmas. I have made a start already with some socks and a couple of calorimetries, and when my exams are over the Big Push will start (tho my wrist problems mean Stakhanovite all-nighters are out of the question this year). And even if I don’t finish everything, I will have fun on the way.