Nothing says happy holidays like manual labour

So it turns out that when you go from a few weeks of only an hour or so of knitting per day, to a couple of days in a row of knitting in the morning, afternoon, and evening, your arms and wrists and shoulders will respond with “HEY WAIT A MINUTE. OUCH, MAN.” To wit, I’ve been going pretty hard on the Tibetan Dreams stole for the past couple of todays, and it is starting to catch up to me.

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A while ago, back when I still had fantasties of completing more than one knitted gift, I also had fantasies of having this finished to wear on Christmas Eve. I estimate that at an efficient pace, this stole still has about 8 hours left of knitting in it, so that fantasy is falling hard to earth right about now. I still can’t wait to finish it, though, to see what happens to it after blocking.

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The yarn is gorgeous (Tanis Fiber Arts fingering, in ‘deep sea’), the beads are just right (silver-lined blue size 6 seed beads, thanks Arton beads on Queen St.), and I am looking forward to having one last grand finished object for 2009. Perhaps this is what I’ll be finishing off on Christmas day. I do promise to reduce my knitting hours today, though, so that my right shoulder doesn’t stage a revolt on me.

So instead I’ll switch to other forms of manual labour. Rum balls and other Christmas Eve treats aren’t going to bake themselves.

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Whatever your holiday looks like, I hope it’s a good one and that you have some time for knitting and whatever form of relaxation you like. I’ll have a rum ball for you!

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15 responses to “Nothing says happy holidays like manual labour

  1. Merry Christmas Glenna!

  2. I had the same experience knitting at a Crafty Moms weekend. Took some ibuprofen, felt no pain, knit some more. Bad idea! So rest up, enjoy the kitchen, and have a merry Christmas!

    I’m about to make some butterscotch sauce…I want to drizzle it over brownie batter and see what happens.

  3. Ruthie

    I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog. I read it daily (or whenever you publish a new post). Thanks for the warmth and knitting expertise and authenticity. I don’t know you, but I like you!

    Happy holidays. Happy knitting.

  4. ladyoctavia

    Merry Christmas ….

    and happy rum balls!

  5. Try some eggnog. I’ve heard that has magical healing properties!

  6. Re: Rum balls

    Have two for me, they’re small! ;) And they are JUST what I could use myself right now.

    That stole is going to be SO gorgeous. *drool* *eagerly awaits FO pictures*

    Merry Christmas, Glenna!

  7. Ali

    Merry Christmas Glenna!!!

  8. Just think what a beautiful picture you’ll make at the New Year’s Eve party when you debut your new shawl!

    Merry Christmas, Glenna!

  9. Moggle

    All those pics look delicious :-)

    Merry Christmas!

  10. Merry Christmas Glenna!

  11. I can’t wait to see that blocked, as well! Happy Holidays!

  12. Hi, I just found your blog and fell in love with the colour of your latest project. I can’t wait to see that bocked either.
    I wish you the all the best for next year.

  13. Madonna

    Your blog is always such a joy to read. Thank you and Happy New Year!