All over the knitting blogs, there is a sudden and recurring theme. "It's the first week of November, time to start the Christmas knitting." Start? START??!!?? Are they MAD?
Most years, my Christmas knitting is done by now (last year was really bad, but I gave birth in September and I'm blaming it all on The Baby). Even this year it's low-stress because the major gifts were done by the start of October. (Blue Shimmer and the brown and red jacket.) The latest I've ever started the Christmas knitting was September, and that year I cursed myself for waiting too long.
Start way, way ahead next year, if you want to enjoy your knitting at all. The closer to deadline you get, the less you enjoy it. Remember me going down to the wire on the Blue Shimmer for the state fair? Have you SEEN the Yarn Harlot in action the last three weeks of December? Have you learned nothing?
Start in September. I'm telling you.
This is in no way meant to sound smug. Honestly, I'm worried about the sanity of a few people out there, comparing their to-knit list and the calendar. (I won't name names.)
Of course, the really, really smart people are giving out cookies for Christmas this year.