Is it too early to start knitting for Christmas?
With a local newspaper reporting that a knitter has already started their Christmas list, Elizabeth Bagwell wonders: when exactly is too early to knit?
It’s not even the end of January, and Falmouth local paper, The Packet has an article about knitting Christmas jumpers.
To be fair, Ann Congdon, who is featured in the article, is knitting the festive sweaters to raise funds for an orphanage in South Africa (and she needs a hand – or better yet a sleeve or two, so if you want to help, click through and scroll down for her contact details).
Her story does mirror that of knitters around the world though. As The Packet reports, Ann had grand plans for her Christmas fundraising knits last year, but ran out of time so ‘only’ 9 jumpers were finished in time for the charity auction.
Frankly, we think 9 Christmas sweaters is a great success, but it does raise the question: when should you start knitting for a big holiday?
On the one hand, Ann’s early start makes perfect sense, and we’d encourage anyone with a Christmas list that includes 9 full-size intarsia sweaters to start soon. On the other hand, it’s hard to imagine spending the whole year working on projects for one holiday!
What’s your secret? Do you start knitting for Christmas in January or rush out to buy gift cards on Christmas Eve? Do you finish by July or at 3am on Christmas morning? Or something in between?
Last updated: January 27th, 2015.