I finished my Christmas shopping today and sent the last present off to my family thanks to Amazon Prime. Now that the gifts are all bought, my mental energy turns to post-holiday crafting ... which doesn't have to wait until after the holidays.
You see, this year I pretty much gave up on handmade gifts. In the previous few years, I have spent November and December, at the very least, making scarves and hats and gloves and the like for family, in-laws, and assorted community members. I've enjoyed thinking about their tastes, picking out yarn, and looking forward to the photos I'll get after Christmas of the recipients wearing their gifts.
But this year, all my knitting went into making things for the Craftin' for CASA Buy One, Give One sale. I made seven items for sale and two items for donation. Right up until the sale day, December 1, I couldn't make anything for anyone except the customers and the CASA clients. There was a sense among our group that the more items we could put on sale, the better off we'd be. And we were right; we could have sold twice as much, if we'd had the inventory.
When December 1 was finally past, it was too late to start a Christmas crafting program. There were only two weeks left of gift acquisition and distribution. After a few days flailing about considering whether I could get a couple of things made, I finally let go of the whole idea and let the internet take care of my gift list.
And that means that with a week and a half to go until Christmas, I'm free to start crafting for myself. But what to make? I find myself browsing, dreaming, imagining, piling up the possibilities. At this rate, I will probably fritter away my pre-holiday, post-shopping knitting window and enter the New Year with not a single new project underway.