Annual Christmas Craziness

Like every year (especially since going back to school), the few weeks before Christmas in mid December were Kuh-razy with a capital K. Finals/end of term projects for me and pre-holiday demands and events for the kids have me running around nonstop like the proverbial headless chicken. Because this is an annual thing I’m mostly prepared for it, as much as one can prepare for an already intense life to kick into hyper-speed.

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At one point (Tuesday), less than half an hour before the class period it was due, I was finishing a hefty presentation …from home…forty minutes from campus. All I could think was “How the Eff did this happen?”

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At another point, a day or so after the presentation procrastination, I was hustling my cranky kids out of the car to (quickly!) pick out a Christmas tree so we could get to the sledding hill across town where their aunt who was visiting from out of town was waiting for us with some cousins. It was cold, windy and already dark but gosh darn it we were going to get some sledding in. And we did. Just a bit before it was time for me to make dinner for 11 people. Directly following that I squeezed in an hour and half nap and headed to work for the night. Over the next couple of days I got six hours sleep. Total. In a span of 48 hours. I made it to my last test (it could hardly be called a final), attended my little guy’s school holiday concert, got the tree up and decorated before the kids left for the week, finished a paper, and worked another shift before finally crashing for 11 hours straight (and subsequently being an hour late for work Friday night).

But then my semester was officially over and a very strange thing happened…  end-of-finals-week-meme

I had free time. Well, relatively free time.

So I did what any sane person would do and began making some Christmas presents. There was just under a full week and making a list of things I wanted to make was as far as I had gotten.

First there was the Slytherin robe one of my sisters asked if I could make…

I used soap and drew the “pattern” out on the fabric. Other than the sleeves being a bit long (for growing room of course), it turned out perfectly and I expect I’ll see my nephew wearing this for a few years.

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And then there was a random hat made with chunky yarn for my mom, a scarf/cowl thing for my brother’s girlfriend, a “fallen leaves” baggy hat (for the same brother’s girlfriend), and a “Little Sister” hat for my God-daughter. (The other God-daughter got some My Little Ponies but she’s getting an Anna cape for her birthday in January.)

Sadly, I only got pictures of the Little Sister hat. It’s a bit big but should be perfect this spring or fall.

After that it was the holiday.

(Okay, that’s actually the before-Christmas craziness there.)

And that, dear readers, sums up this year’s round of pre-Christmas/finals week craziness.

Getting Back to Yarn

Lately I’ve felt a disconnect with the blog. It hasn’t been that many days since I’ve posted (just ten) and my coblogger has filled in the blanks nicely (one of the many reasons we appreciate our two-blogger blog set up here), but I haven’t been writing crap here as much as I’ve wanted to these past few weeks because…My life has been insane! Just the usual end of semester/parenting/getting close to half marathon day insane though. Nothing too cray.

I’ve wanted to blog and just haven’t been able to. My mantra lately is “Must. Stay. Focused!” but there are all these thoughts banging around in my head that need to be turned into blog posts before, like post-vasectomy semen, they’re reabsorbed, broken down, and their parts are used for something else. Time and energy, but mostly time, have been my limiting factors. I seriously need to figure out how to sleep just a little bit less so I can do just a little bit more of the things I actually want to be doing…such as blogging. And yarn.

Yes, I know yarn isn’t a verb. Yarning might be though, as in “Mom, why is that lady over there yarning?” (actually said by a kid at a soccer game), and there has been NO yarning here for quite a while. Like, weeks. Maybe even a month!

I’ve been feeling the yarn withdraw.

Last week I drove by the yarn store while taking a kid to school. I had to turn right but felt the car actually pulling to the left trying to turn in the direction of that haven of fibrous glory. I looked over at my son and said…

pull of the light side“Help me! I feel the pull of the yarn store.” (in my best Kylo Ren voice…which really isn’t very good. I’ve got to work on that.)

But I resisted because it was still finals week and there was studying I had to do…Must. Stay. Focused!

And then the weekend came, there was still studying to do but the end was so close I could almost taste it. I couldn’t resist any longer. I just needed contact with yarn. I still didn’t have the time to sift through my mental list of Things I Want to Make, choose one, and find the right yarn for the job but I remembered something I had abandoned I don’t even know when. It’s part of a bigger project, a blanket that I erroneously thought I’d be able to finish by Christmas or my daughter’s 13th birthday in January at the latest.  Maybe you remember the multi-fandom themed baby blanket I made for a friend last year…

wpid-wp-1442283602049.jpegI think I blogged about the Mockingjay square I finished for my daughter’s version of this blanket. I also finished some basic background squares way back when, five larger striped grannies.

basic squares 2…and started some Harry Potter house color swatches. By started I mean made three of the four and got 3/4 the way done with the fourth before being overwhelmed by whatever was demanding so much of my time and attention that I just could not crochet another stripe and a half. I’m almost grateful now I didn’t just finish that last one then because it gave me a quick thing that I could pick up before work last Friday night, a grab and go WIP. Even that tiny bit of crochet gave me the satisfaction of having yarn in my hands again, of shaping it into something that wasn’t there before. Seriously, it was maybe twenty minutes worth of crocheting but it was a damn satisfying twenty minutes!

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My semester of classes finally ended yesterday with one wickedly intense final exam. I’ve still got about a month and a half of things I need to stay focused on before I can totally relax and indulge in multiple projects, one of which will be actually making this blanket for my daughter, but it’s good to be doing even a little bit of yarning again!