I hope that my sense of calm and preparedness doesn't dissipate, but it's this exact feeling that I'm hoping to keep through the holidays. I'm looking forward to some time after all the gifts are opened and the festivities are winding down -- that's the time I want to spend revisiting some of my knitting plans. This past Saturday, I purchased Noro Silk Garden (249) to knit another Sursa; some Kaffe Fassett DK-weight sock yarn to knit some "replacement" socks for a pair that has gone traveling (without feet in them, unfortunately). I also have several ornament patterns in my queue that I'm hoping to knit while our tree is still up. They'll get packed away when we take down the tree and I hope to sigh with delight when I see them again in 2009.
As I reduce my expectations and stress each year, the enjoyment of the holiday increases. And I'm learning to enjoy the cozy feeling I get when I wake up on a cold morning without a long list of things to do. However I did let an anniversary pass without blogging about it -- five years knitting. Five years ago, when I asked my mom what she'd like for Christmas, she asked for cotton dishcloths -- and I knew what kind she was talking about because I always picked some up for her at craft fairs and church bazaars. This time, I decided to try to make them. Five years later, I'm still knitting dishcloths . . . and much more. The raw materials and supplies have changed a bit, but I'm glad to know that at least one person I know still loves getting them.
Happy Holidays to my friends and family far and wide. May peace reign in your hearts and minds and may you enjoy lots of cozy handknits throughout the New Year.
Here's one more holiday greeting card for my sisters (click to view larger). I hope it makes you smile: