It is undoubtedly Summer. The temperatures, while cooler, are still in the 90's. Air conditioning is still my friend. Ice tea is still a daily requirement. So, why am I thinking about Christmas?
Gift knitting. It's not just for Christmas but also a slew of birthdays. I like to refer to this time period, the end of August through December 25, as "running the gauntlet." Course, putting this way makes it sound like some horrible ordeal but I wouldn't do it if I didn't like it. Plus, I've figured out who deserves to be on my knit list and who doesn't. There's nothing worse than putting a lot of time and effort into making something that the recipient couldn't care less about or appreciates* too much to actually use. That's an important lesson to learn.
Anyway, back on the subject at hand, I have a spreadsheet with the who's, the what's, and the deadlines. I even have most of the yarn. Now I just have to keep myself accountable and on track which I plan to do with this blog. The first bit of accountability involves a skein of Ultra Alpaca which is already quite a bit smaller. Knitting with it has been great and I'm making good progress too. Let's hope the rest of the gifts go so smoothly.
*That's a rant for another time though.