I'm back! I apologise, dear blog, for staying away for so long. Following the exam win (I passed; I gained letters after my name; I am extremely relieved) I suffered the biggest comedown in the history of stress. I tried to knit but everything went wrong; my brain was just refusing to function! Luckily I seem to be over the worst of it, and am now knitting away like mad again.
I've realised there are few weeks left until Christmas. This is Bad News; there is no way on EARTH I will finish all these items in time. Why did I write such a long list when I knew I wouldn't have time to do it all? How on earth could I imagine I'd be able to achieve all of this? Am I insane? Does everyone do this? I need to learn to knit more quickly. Otherwise I am going to have to go to the shops and BUY PRESENTS FOR PEOPLE. And oh, I can't even vocalise how much I Do Not Want to do this. And my credit card doesn't want it too. And all the yarn on my shelf is begging to be made into gifts! And there are so many infinite possibilities for presents! MUST KNIT MORE PRESENTS!
The Knitting Holiday, by the way, is fast approaching (we leave Friday morning). I am beside myself with glee. Five hours on the train, followed by an entire long weekend of cooking and eating, knitting, watching TV and sitting around in our pyjamas. Then five more hours on the train back to London. And apparently there are several craft shops nearby - and the woman who lives across the road spins her own wool! IT'S GOING TO BE PARADISE. I've tried to compose a list of projects to take with me and realised I have, as always, succumbed to the Overly Ambitious Knitter symdrome. To that end, I have convinced myself that in 3 days I will finish a pair of socks, 3 mug warmers and 2 pairs of mittens (1 pair of which involves fairisle, which I think we all agree I suck at). I KNOW the chance of this happening is smaller than the likelihood that I'll wake up green, but I still can't bear to pack any less - just in case. Because what if I finish the socks before the end of the train journey, and the mug warmers by Sunday morning, and didn't bring the mittens with me?! I could obviously finish the easy pair by Monday, and then I'd have no knitting for the 5 hour train journey back. AND THAT WOULD BE THE ULTIMATE HORROR.
So even though I know that in reality I will make a mistake, spend an hour ripping it out, lose all faith and refuse to knit again until Sunday afternoon, and come home with one and a half socks, I am trying to work out how to fit 9 balls of wool and 4 sets of needles into my suitcase, and wondering if I need just one more project. Just in case. 'Cuz, you know, I could still hit my Christmas target. And then I won't have to battle the crowds. And maybe I'll even have time to knit something for myself. I've seen a really lovely lace shawl pattern that should only take a few weeks...