Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Help me I'm drowning...

Throw me a life preserver, I'm drowning in life, family and holiday knitting. I've missed bloggin' with you gals. I've been out of town way too much, my house is barely decorated and while I'm zipping through my holiday gift knitting, I'm still behind. Meanwhile, the days are whizzing by me at warp speed. And inspite of a hearty dose of Christmas music (I play it in the car, in the house, sing them at odd moments), the weather is downright perplexing - it warmer here than in places like Southern California. How can I get completely in the spirit when we're wearing shorts?

Speaking of holiday spirit, I want to celebrate some other holidays that have begun this week. Hanukkah began yesterday (my maternal great grandfather was Jewish) and today is the Buddist Bodhi Day celebration. I tend to embrace many spirtual beliefs across religions and am particularly intrigued by the concepts behind Bodhi day.

December is such a great time of year to become more aware of the world around us and our role in it. How often do you think of how the things that you enjoy came to you? Who made the clothing on your back? Who built your house? Who harvested the coffee that you're drinking? Were any of those people paid a livable wage? Hmmm, I thought as the coffee question was posed to me during a NPR show on Sunday. They proceeded to explain the concept of Free Trade coffee and why one should support it. Now DH and I drink a TON of coffee. And I was ashamed to think that I'm not doing the best job of supporting the industry. Since we primarily drink Starbucks, I made the tiny effort to buy some Free Trade beans on the way home from my recent business trip and will try harder to buy products that do a better job of supporting families here and abroad. I sometimes wonder if my little token will make the difference that's needed. I get lulled by the media into believing that only popular, rich and famous people can change the world. But then again I'm reminded by the fact that Gandhi, Buddha and Jesus were all very simple men who made a tremendous impact. A tiny pebble can make hundreds of ripples :)

Okay, what about knitting? I've gotten several items off my needles. GMa's loopy mohair and Cascade 220 mittens are all knitted and felted and very nicely match her felted tam. I'm knitting a maroon mohair pair for my great aunt and will probably make a pair for my mom that will match her houndstooth tote since they're a quick knit. I converted a fingerless glove pattern from the Irish Hiking scarf KAL to a circular pattern (I hate seaming when I don't have to) and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how they turned out. If I get the okay from the person who wrote the original to post the converted pattern, I will before the end of the week. I think I'm going to knit all of my girlfriends a pair for the holidays (which should help me wrap up the gift knitting). I need to cast on for gifts for my brother and dad and then I'm done. Oh yeah, Thing 1 asked me to knit him a thong for Christmas. WTF!?!?!? Who wants wool or even acrylic for that matter up one's hinnie? I'm thinkin' no. He's digging the fingerless gloves so maybe I can convince him that he wants a pair of those. His favorite colors are pink and black. I thought I might dye some wool those colors and see how they turn out. Holiday knitting this year is so much more fun. Last year it was scarves which I now hate (though I might need to knit up a multidirectional before its all said and done).

Alright, enough for now. I have a board of directors retreat this afternoon until 9 or 10 tonight - yikes! I'm bringing my knitting and may whip it out to help me stay awake. I really do hope to have pictures soon (boo hoo, I miss my camera). And if you have a spare life preserver or even a snorkel, don't forget about me...

7 comments:

jenifleur said...

Ok, here's your life preserver~!

Remember, all those people love you and if you don't finish all that knitting, they will STILL love you! There's always the lifeline of gift cards. Remember to relax and enjoy the holidays, too because the time goes by too fast and in the blink of an eye it'll be next year and we'll all be saying the same thing: where did the year go? Stop and sniff the Christmas Cookies!

Rossana said...

A hearty amen to what Jenifleur said! And a big bear of a cyber-hug, to you, Tanya! Hang in there and remember the SPIRIT of the holiday season...And it's ok to let little Keebler elves do some of the baking. =P

La said...

Tanya, I'm kind of in the same boat. I've got this shawl that feels like it's going to take forever to knit. It's a gazillion rows of 266 stitches of stockinette. the only interesting thing about this shawl happens during and directly after binding off...dropping ever 5th stitch. A true testiment as to how much I love my SD and want her to look fabulous as she touts about DC. That being said. It might not get done in time for Christmas. Work has gotten infinitely busier, and so has my home. So you see, you and I are in the same boat. I've been thinking of back-up plans just in case. Like Jen said, gift cards are wonderful fall-back options. Other options are already knitted projects I was going to keep for myself, but have never used (like the roadkill v.2.0 scarf).

ErLeCa said...

I can completely relate to how you feel about the holidays. In fact, I don't know if there are any people who are not stressed and don't feel swamped around the holidays. I might even think they're something wrong with them if they don't!

But it's always good to step back and take in the big picture. It helps to put things in perspective. Who'd want a holiday that wasn't busy?

Anonymous said...

Tanya I understand exactly where your coming from!!

Happy, happy holidays!!

Eilene
http://eiknit.typepad.com

Heather said...

(hands over an eggnog, liberally laced with spiced rum) here is your lifepreserver.

I hear you...now I will have to send you some bodhi beads...the fruit of the tree siddhartha sat under when he became enlightened. :)

its a hectic time, turn up the bing crosby and nat king cole, have another lifepreserver (h's special eggnog) and relax. You are treasured. :)

Lauren said...

HI Tanya! Don't drowned! It is just this time of year I think... cause I totally know how you feel. Make sure and take a deep breath and relax--isn't this supposed to be "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"?

Good luck staying awake at the meeting :) Knit your little heart out!