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.


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.


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.


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!


  1. Yummy.

  2. Merry Christmas Glenna!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. ladyoctavia · ·

    Merry Christmas ….

    and happy rum balls!

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

  7. Re: Rum balls

    Have two for me, they’re small! πŸ˜‰ 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!

  8. Merry Christmas!

  9. Merry Christmas Glenna!!!

  10. 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!

  11. All those pics look delicious πŸ™‚

    Merry Christmas!

  12. Merry Christmas Glenna!

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

  14. 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.

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

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